Final Design for Kilowog in ‘Green Lantern’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

kilowog green lantern movie Final Design for Kilowog in Green Lantern

For those of you who’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, Kilowog is a massive, man-pig-looking member of the Green Lantern Corps, the space-based police force that recruits our hero, Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds), to fight all kinds of cosmic evil with his magic green ring.

Despite being physically imposing and utterly unattractive, Kilowog is best known for his heart of gold and tendency to use the word “poozer” as an endearing insult. Basically, he’s the Julia Roberts character in Pretty Woman combined with Lenny from Of Mice and Men. And they say comic books can’t be literature…

The above image actually looks incredibly similar to the early Kilowog concept art that hit the internet way back in January, key differences being the human-esque eyes and slight color change (is “oranger” a word?). Savvy observers will notice that big K’s costume, like the one Ryan Reynolds “wore” on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, looks reminiscent of a second skin as opposed to cloth or fabric, what with the flesh-like texture and vein-impressions all throughout.

Frankly, I still think they’ve missed the mark in terms of capturing the iconic visual appeal found in the comic books. This Kilowog looks less like a friendly man-pig that can still beat you senseless and more like Outback’s blooming onion. But maybe that’s some kind of brilliant, cross-promotional strategy between Warner Bros. and Outback, in which case I say ‘bravo’ to everyone involved, because now I’m terribly hungry for rib-eye.

kilowogcomparison Final Design for Kilowog in Green Lantern

What the final design lacks in fidelity to the comics, it more than makes up for in deliciousness.

Green Lantern is a worrisome film in a number of ways, not the least of which is that it’ll be so heavily drenched in digital effects that our hero won’t even be wearing real clothing. He’s wearing digital clothing. Computer-generated clothing. This wouldn’t be so terrifying if, say, a Spielberg or an Abrams or a Cameron were directing the movie. Martin Campbell, on the other hand, has proven time and again that he’s at his best with practical effects (Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro, Casino Royale) and at his worst when implementing liberal amounts of CGI (Vertical Limit, The Legend of Zorro). The fact that 99.9% of the vast Green Lantern Corps will be computer-generated, due to their extraterrestrial nature, not to mention most of the otherworldly sets, does not bode well for the film.

Regardless of how much this digital iteration of Kilowog resembles fried food, it seems more visually successful than the aforementioned image released by Warner Bros. for the cover of Entertainment Weekly, that of Ryan Reynolds in his nonexistent Green Lantern costume. Only time will tell if any of this will look good in motion or on the big screen.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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  1. Drsam I know a few people who don’t but yea it’s not common I am certainly in the minority.

    By the way sent an email to you my phone hasn’t been used alot to send mail not sure if you got it.

    • Daniel F.

      yeah I did get your email. I have just been tweaking my QL script to send you. Did you hear they are making a QL movie? Scott Bakula confirmed it, it wasnt reported on here though!

  2. Wow Sam I didn’t hear that wasn’t on ign either not that I saw at least. Cool news.

    • DigitalSpy and IMDB confirmed it this morning.

  3. I’m sort of excited for this film – have been since I heard about it, I have almost every single GL comic ever published.

    But I’m a tad worried about the whole CGI thing, and the visual direction they seem to be going with certain aspects, not the least of which is the GL uniforms. Some of the images leave me to suspect this film may have that slightly “blurry” look that some CGI-heavy films use to muffle, or camouflage the blending between CGI and live-action.

  4. Frankly i’m baffled as to why everyone is so worried about the liberal use of CGI in this movie. Give them the benefit of the doubt.

  5. They have proven on numerous occasions that CGI has just about reached the point of being photorealistic. Case in point….X-Men (mystique and nightcrawler), Iron Man and Avatar. Great examples of incredible use of CGI. Let’s just wait until we actually see the movie before passing judgement.

    • X-Men is a terrible example. Iron Man used CGI for mostly mechanical objects. Avatar was the most expensive movie ever made, by a director who knows special effects like the back of his hand. This movie, on the other hand, will be heavily computer-generated for mostly organic objects, which is extremely, extremely difficult to do. And, like I said, the director is no genius when it comes to incorporating CGI.

      • And both Mystique and Nightcrawler still had actual actors in make up, they werent CGI creations, they were actors in prosthetics no different to using CGI on Wolverines claws.

        • Yeah that was just one of the problems I had with Wolverine. In the scene where he was discovering his claws in the bathroom they looked almost cartooned. But I don’t think it is going to be so bad since they will not be spending the whole movie on earth.

        • I’ll admit X-men may have been a bad example. I was mainly referring to the use of CG on Mystique’s costume during morphing. My point is the technology exists for some very realistic CG effects. I don’t think a static image should be judged as harshly as I’ve seen on here. I shall reserve judgement until I actually see the movie.

          • I could see it at least being as good as Dexter Jettster in 2002 “S.W. II: Attack Of The Clones” but it’s not the quality of the effect but something that’s been referred to here and many other places as “the uncanny valley.” That detraction could be multiplied the more aliens you throw into a scene. It seems to me to be as much of an art as any other aspect of film making. I side with those that withhold judgment until I see what they’ve got on film though. I might be considered very critical, perhaps cynical but I still care enough about movies and the art to hold a degree of hope. So bring it on DCE show us what you got…

  6. Actually, I think the Kilowog design looks quite a bit different from the original concept artwork, which looked different than the comic book example (although I confess I don’t know the comics). The original concept looked a bit too much like a Mangalore (sp?) from Fifth Element to my mind. This new one, while moving further from the comic book image, looks more human, with the soulful eyes, etc. Dunno if that fits with the character or not. Maybe he will have a huge mouth or something, to remind you that it’s not a guy in some fancy prosthetics. The whole thing could be dopey, but it could also be quite wonderful. I’m hoping for the latter, of course.

  7. Well it looks better than the Hal Jordan GL that they’ve shown us.

    • If you’re talking about the pic that was on the cover of the magazine,
      then that wasn’t Hal Jordan’s finalized look as Green Lantern.

  8. The pic is real,WB asked the website that uploaded it to take it down.
    But they sort of failed. XD


    • They hate things because they hate themselves and they are never satisfied , I bet others cant stand to be around them ,they exude negativity much like stink exudes from fecal matter.

      • You should be a psychologist.

    • I’m “bashing” (read: not bashing in any way whatsoever) the picture and the bad omens–such as Blake Lively being cast–not at all the movie, which I hope will be fantastic. I’ve been an enormous fan of Green Lantern since I was a child, so I certainly don’t want it to be terrible.

      • Zip it!

  10. @ Adam & rogue-x

    And i thought i was one of a very very few with a open mind about films. I enjoyed Spider-man 3, wouldnt call it the best but still a good sequel, same with X3, along with both Fantastic Four films, Ghost Rider, & Wolverine. As for Batman films, Burton’s will always be my favorite, especially the original. Batman Forever was good sequel and while most people blame Shumacher for failure of Batman & Robin, i blame WB most for wanting to make the franchise more family friendly in the first place. Thats why Burton and Keaton pretty much left cause of the direction WB wanted to take the franchise because they had bunch of parents complain about Batman Returns being too dark, not to mention McDonalds being stupid enough to wanna sell toys and should know the kind of movie they’re based off in the first place. As a kid i liked Batman & Robin and still like it alittle but hey, past is the past. I like Nolan’s Batman films, but unlike most people, i didnt get overjoyed about TDK. And its sad knowing that films success is based off one actor’s role, Joker that is. But i thought it kinda dragged on and didnt care for the ending. And people who critize Nicolson’s Joker for being over the top? What do you call Ledger’s Joker being dressed as nurse? Bottomline people are far too difficult to impress. Especially after Iron man 2, with Norton being recast, and pictures online etc. and claiming The Avengers wil be bad. Well, we could expect the same from WB/DC if they’re planning to film a Justice League film. Especially when some people don’t wanna see a WonderWoman film or Aquaman solo film which both characters are founding members of the league.


  12. I for one go to movies for one simple fact. Pure escapism. That’s the whole point isn’t it? I enjoy a Lot of movies that most critics deem horrible. It’s the culmination of a lot of talented people coming together and giving life to their imaginations. Are they all perfect? Absolutely not. Are there movies that are less than stellar? Certainly. But i’m not going to bash a director or actor/actress because I don’t like a particular movie. I just won’t see it. It’s as simple as that. Sorry to sound preachy. I’m a pretty huge movie buff. 600 dvds/blurays and counting…+/-

  13. Well I don’t know about you but at some point you start to look at the content beyond just superficial entertainment value, especially if you start noticing that some things your not enjoying so much. If you have an analytical bone in your body you start paying attention to what that bone is telling you. Perhaps it’s not a bone but rather your nose. Like some films smell like rotting fish out behind Joe’s Fish House restaurant. I know when the films are like getting a whiff of week old rotting Salmon you start to wonder if perhaps their might be something fresher on the marquee.
    That’s when you begin to wonder, well, what do I enjoy in a film? At that point you’ve crossed over into critic territory my friend. At some point it’s like wine collecting and people make fun of you and call you a snob. But really it’s all about enjoying what you pay for. Some people are forever happy with the wines in the $7-$17 category but then every palate is different…

  14. I agree with you Old Man.

  15. Is it just me, or does this guy look like an old orange turtle from Never ending story, AND E.T.’s long lost older steroid brother? Maybe its just me…

  16. Wow, there are immature people out there.

    • Wow there are crybabies out there.