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.
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