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.

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  1. This movie will be a failure @ the box office imo.

    • i have the same apprehension.

      oh, and ‘LOLLLLLLL!’ on the Kilowog looks like Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion!!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!

      • It’s just 2 campy (in a bad way).

  2. WRONG! This movie will be a box office success. I’m looking for takers.

    • I agree, this will be huge. There’s no way these days a (somewhat) quintesential comic book charecter’s movie is going to be a “failure”. Why don’t we at least wait until we see a trailer before we let our Film-snob critizism ruin any expectations? I know that’s a tough one for most of you, but try.

      • I agree!! I think the movie will bank 250-300 million domestic..and I can’t wait..I would not have said that was Klowag though if he had no costume on..where are the fleshy teeth like protrusions…maybe he was too scary when he was created by CGI so they toned down his look for the 13 and under crowd..

  3. A Green Lantern ring is not “magic”.
    It’s technology, highly advanced, but technology nonetheless.

    • I meant “magic” in the colloquial sense of the word (as opposed to, say, the wizard-like and/or Alan Scott Green Lantern sense commonly found in the DCU). But thanks!

    • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

      I think Arthur C. Clarke said that.

      • Jason,

        That’s basically the argument they’ll use in Thor for their technology/society.


        • “the argument they’ll use in Thor”

          It’s not too bad of one but one must recognize that when it comes to a structural analysis of Science Fiction, it must keep a neutral orientation. Once it falls away from this, positively or negatively it falls into the categories of fairy tale or myth…

  4. he’s wondering “phone…..home”

  5. get out of here this movie is going to be great. i have high hopes which is not necessarily expectations. ryan reynolds will be amazing as hal jordan and honestly, i’d rather have too much cgi then bad makeup jobs and costumes a la the thing in fantastic four (i liked chiklis but i didnt like the makeup/costume). i’d much prefer the cgi

  6. The old one looks better. But ah well I coulde get used to it like the GL costume.

    Secondly: the people that made the effects for the Lord of the Rings(which still has effects better than most films now) are working on the project. So I would say the film is a shoe in for a visual sucess.

    Thirdly: Either Christian Slater, Michael Chiklis, Bruce Willis, or Michael Madsen would be a good voice for Kilowog.

    • WETA–the guys who produced the effects for the Lord of the Rings films–are notoriously hit and miss. The Two Towers had mostly terrible effects, save for Gollum. Similarly, King Kong had some pretty terrible effects, save for King Kong himself and the 1920s-era New York City. To be honest, I’d prefer it was ILM doing the effects. Even though it’s less fashionable to say that, ILM, in my opinion, is more qualitatively consistent, especially when it comes to Sci-Fi.

      • They’re not terrible. You can tell it’s CGI but still very impressive for it’s time when effects were pretty hard to get into sevre detail. Plus Two Towers was as good as all the rest when it came to CG, King Kong not as well but still very impressive regardless.

        I’ll pretty much give them the chance on this film. Plus it’s easier to make non-furry creatures in CGI, and most of the aliens (Except G’Nort and Ch’p) aren’t furry.

      • ILM and WETA ? Half a dozen, six to the other. They are both brilliant.

  7. I’m sorry, but will this film appeal to anyone other than 14 year old boys?? I’m a GL fan from back in the early 60s and I just cannot see that innocent appeal transferring over to the silver screen. This seems too cluttered and, I don’t know…dense. Too many damn characters means a smaller focus on Hal Jordan.
    Leave this silly alien crap to those stupid DC animated movies. And, boy, they are bad.
    That old comic book saying seems true, “When everyone is super, no one is!”

    • Ok what?

    • Yeah, me. I’m 30. My wife is 28 and also seems pretty excited. so you don’t have to be sorry anymore!

  8. Yeah I’m not really understanding what the hell either Hollywood or DC are doing at this point. Why on God’s green earth they feel it necessary to completely screw with both the look / feel of the costumes and iconic characters like Kilowog has me scratching my head not to mention why DC is giving the green the green light (no pun intended) to these changes.

    Hollywood needs to learn the mantra, “If it ain’t broke DON’T fix it”

    While the first version does look better, neither are a match. He is going to be CGI so why can they not match this look?

  9. I’ve been dissapointed with this film at every turn and I really like Killowog so I really wanted them to get him right. I can’t put my finger on it so it’s a lame critism I guess but it just seems off. I can’t say exactly what the problems of it are but had the article not said kilowog It might of taken a minute or two to guess. It would of been cool to see it more like the comics or the JLU cartoon which nailed the character perfectly.

    I to am worried about to much digital effects. Also while RR isn’t an awful choice for GL he certainly wasn’t the best actor for the part. It seems more and more that they are just trying to make a really flashy action flick with name power instead of a good film.

  10. Why oh why was abrams put in the same sentence and category as cameron and speilberg? He’s not that cool. But now i want a steak!

    • Honestly, I think Abrams did a great job with Star Trek, effects-wise. The CGI was neither overbearing nor unbelievable and mixed well with the practical stuff. Having said that, I agree he’s not of the same caliber as Spielberg and Cameron, but I was trying to include a “young” director with the olds. Honestly, what young director does an exceptional job with CGI?

      • I hear ya…but being able to direct cgi doesn’t make you a awesome director. I just don’t think he’s at the caliber of either one of those two. But it’s all just opinion, so to each his own with respect.

        • I’m in complete agreement that he’s not of the caliber of Cameron and Spielberg. My point was specific to his seeming skill with capably weaving CGI into a film. Granted, he’s only directed two films,

      • Neill Blomkamp. The CGI in District 9 was exceptional, especially for the tiny budget they had to play with.

        • Fair enough!

  11. Put a pony tail on him and he looks like Goro from Mortal Kombat

  12. I like it. It looks like E.T. got beat in the face and decided to get on steroids!

    • LOL… Good one foopher.

  13. Thor will kick Green Lantern’s ass for sure

    • I’m not so sure about that. I don’t think Thor will have much draw with a younger crowd. Green Lantern will, even for kids who have no idea who the hell he is. Plus, so far (from the Comic-Con trailer) Thor’s not looking all that spectacular…. In my opion of course.

  14. Green Lantern shouldn’t flop. It has what looks like a pretty good cast – and I think Ryan Reynolds can pull Hal Jordan off. What happens is anyones guess though. It’s easier to just wait and see.

  15. I’ve never been a huge fan of speildberg or Cameron. I know I’m in the minority but I really don’t like their films all that much. Spieldberg is ok once in a blue moon Sciendlers List washood but I don’t much link any thing else he’s done. I don’t like any thing from James I just get the appeal.

    • I’m the same with abrams daniel f. Just don’t feel it. But like i said before, it’s all just just opinion, and everyone has a say :)

    • You dont even like Indiana Jones???

      • I was thinking the same thing, Sam. Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the greatest movies ever made. PERIOD!!!

  16. I agree I’m not a fan of Abrams either. Star Trek was amazing but I didn’t like anything else from the guy.

    • So o tale it that you’re not a Coen brothers fan either D.F.?

  17. This better be good.

  18. Not a fan of Coen bros no. I like then more than Steven or James but not a fan. They make sone decent films but they have made a fair amount of stinkers as well so I really couldn’t say I’m a fan.

    Very few directors exist that I would call my self a fan of. I think almost all of them make at least one good film but more often than not most of a directors stuff tends to be bad or sub par. There are maybe 5 or 6 guys tops that I would say I like and their good out weighs the bad. Cameron is a rareone that so far hasn’t made a film a like. T2 was his best but I still didn’t like it. I find he usually only makes over the top special effects films with out much else like Avatar. Titanic was an exception instead of being for adult males it was made for tween girls I know it’s popular but I’d say Titanic was my most hated film from him.

  19. Okay, I’ll agree that the character design is a bit… mediocre. But outback Bloomin’ Onion? That’s a forced comparison. I don’t see it. At all. The actual Bloomin’ Onion made me crave some fresh bread though.

    • FYI, Chaos, it was a joke.

  20. “I like pizza, Steve…”

  21. Stanley Kubrick is the best director ever. Anyways, I hope this film succeeds. That’s all I can really say.

  22. Am I the only one that could care less about this character in the first place? I always thought that this guy just looked stupid to begin with. In all honesty I like the changes. I have always thought it was stupid and campy to put in characters in comics, that are supposed to be aliens, look like a walking cow or pig or whatever. This guy always looked like one of the pigs from U.S. Acres playing superheroes.
    What cracks me up is everybody getting all mad about how much CGI is going to be in this movie. IT IS GREEN LANTERN!!!!!! Not Debbie does DC. He has a ring that can turn into anything… Except for a daffodil. **Rolls eyes** What were you expecting? People in green pointing their fists and yelling “Pew, Pew, Pew!”
    That is what you really have to worry about. What is he going to make that ring do? Are they going to go with comic versions of big green hands or giant green boots that beat you or stomp you senseless? Or are they going to be just energy bursts and force fields? I think that will be the deciding factor on this movie in the end. As for everything I have seen for this movie so far… I am interested and will be there opening day with an open mind and ready to watch GL kick Sinestros yellow butt all over the galaxy. It sounds like the everybody else on here will be there just so they can get on here and tell everybody how horrible it is.

  23. I know it looks like it could be going in the wrong direction,but I think the film looks well.Keep in mind,comic worlds and film worlds should be seperate in my opinion.As long as you stay true to the source material,you can alter certain aspects.It makes for a fresh experience on screen.I like Kilowog alot,and I think his final design looks pretty nice.Its pretty different from the comic look,but at the same time its very similar.I like the idea of the suit being organic,and the overall look of the film looks awesome so far.This movie will NOT tank in anyway.Guranteed.The reason why? The green lantern name alone is attractive to children and fanboys alike.This movie will be a mega hit.I dont get how you fanboys can say “it will bomb” or “im not going to see it” or “it looks cheesey” with out seeing anything concrete to supports your comments.I wasnt the biggest fan of Iron Man 2,but I saw it and thought it was pretty good but far from great.Real fanboys see the movies,even if they suck and can argue the weak points and strong points of the film and the source material alike.

    Great article benjamin :) Cant wait for this film

    • Thanks!

  24. Greater just because so far a movie looks bad to some doesn’t mean we want it to suck so we can talk about it.

    Make no mistake we all want this to be good don’t flatter your self in to thinking your some how special and the only one who wants a good GL film. As much as some like my self keep thinking this might not be great we still I hope that we are wrong.

    I think right now it looks bad.

    Will I still be there opening week to see it? Yes. You my ask your self why. It’s not because I want to come to screen rant and talk about how bad it was it’s because I Want to be wrong I want to get on here and say I was so wrong and it was so great.

    I’m a GL fan and I want a good GL movie. It isn’t looking like it will be though. I hope I’m wrong but based on what we’ve seen so far it looks sub par at best. Transformers style film.

    • Funny how you are they only one to respond to this. I have told you before that I could care less what you think. You think Big Top Pee Wee was the best Tim Burton Movie.
      I would like to see a good GL movie but it will never be great. Green Lantern is a good side character at best. At this point I am really just hoping that it won’t be retarded just like everyone else. But just for you, since you are so nice I will rephrase my statement.

      “It sounds like the everybody else on here {{{{{EXCEPT DANIEL F. BECAUSE HE REALLY LIKES GREEN LANTERN AND HE WANTS TO SEE THIS MOVIE DO GOOD}}}}} will be there just so they can get on here and tell everybody how horrible it is.”

      There, you are no longer in the EVERYBODY category.

  25. I think this is going to be great! The asthetical changes (Jordan’s suit/Kilowog) are hardly going to stop a huge GL fan like me from going to see this, besides, this is still artwork, it might not look exactly the same when its up there on the screen.

    I’m far more concerned about the story and whether or not the cast is up to scratch than minor things like character differences from comic panel to silver screen.

    Will be odd seeing Sinestro wearing green, so used to him in yellow!

  26. Lol I can’t believe how too complicated some of you are to impress when it comes to just enjoying a movie. Like any other film, i never high hopes or high lows for that matter but a when film like Green Lantern finally comes to the big screen, I look forward to it. Its about time to see another DC comic Property hit the big screen other than Batman or Superman.

  27. Yea Sam I know it’s unusual but I could never get in to Indiana. Not saying it sucks just it wasn’t that interesting to me. I’ve seen them all friends or fan forcing me and all and I just couldn’t enjoy them not my type of film. I will say the newest one was the worst.

    • Fair enough. You might actually be the first person I know who doesnt like it.

  28. I’m hesitantly looking forward to it, and I loved the onion comparison, Benjamin. Brilliant.

  29. I have to admit, as much as I’m looking forward to this, the amount of CGI is a concern, so many of these characters could have been brought to life with prosthetics and make up.