Bruce Timm Talks ‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:02 am,

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With Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern feature film on the horizon, poised to be the next big sci-fi superhero experience (or perhaps another nail in the superhero genre’s coffin?) you can expect to see all manner of GL-related media and memorabilia popping up in the next year and after.

The most prominent of which will, without a doubt, be the computer-generated Green Lantern: The Animated Series, expected to launch in fall of 2011.

Back in October, courtesy of NYCC and series producer Bruce Timm, we brought you a massive amount of plot information and concept art from the forthcoming series – the look of which is heavily reminiscent of previous animated DC series, including Justice League: Unlimited and Batman: The Animated Series, as well as Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Yesterday, MTV Splashpage talked to Timm once again to suss out just a few more details.

For those wondering if the plot of the series will follow the plot of the movie, Timm says:

“[The animated series] doesn’t follow the direct continuity of the [live-action] movie or [the 2009 animated movie] First Flight or anything that we’ve done before, but it doesn’t contradict them either. They’re all pretty consistent in terms of Hal Jordan being the Green Lantern and so forth, so hopefully by the time our show comes on, people will have seen the Green Lantern movie — several times, hopefully — and they’ll know the back story, so we can go off from there.”

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Concept art for Green Lantern: The Animated Series

This sounds a lot like the incredibly successful formula used for Batman: The Animated Series, which Timm also produced. Of course, anybody who has seen both Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman: TAS knows that the latter didn’t fall completely in line with the 1989 film, continuity-wise, but there were a number of similarities – and even direct references on occasion (not the least of which was Danny Elfman’s legendary theme).

As to whether or not the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern’s origin will appear in the series, Timm said:

“We’ve already done the origin story in First Flight, and I’m sure we’ll be re-releasing that to take advantage of all the Green Lantern publicity next year. The movie itself is going to be his origin story, so people will know his origin story and we don’t have to waste time with it yet again.”

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From Green Lantern #54, drawn by Doug Mahnke

According to Bruce Timm, the 26-episode long first season will generally involve standalone episodes with a “broad arc” showcasing the rise of the Red Lanterns, whose powers are rage-based (Red obviously equals rage, people!). For Green Lantern comic book fans expecting to see the Black Lanterns sometime soon, don’t get your hopes up.

“We don’t get into the whole Black Lantern thing. Hopefully the show is a big hit and will go on for six or seven years, and we’ll do the Black Lanterns somewhere down the line, but for now we don’t have any plans to go down that route.”

Okay, so ix-nay on the Lack-bay Anterns-lay, at least for the time being, but Bruce Timm curiously neglected to mention the other variously-hued lantern corps, such as Sinestro’s yellow (fear-fueled) Sinestro Corps, the blue (hope-fueled) Blue Lantern Corps, the violet (love-fueled) Star Sapphires, the indigo (compassion-fueled) Indigo Tribe, and the orange (greed-fueled) single entity known as Larfleeze. Previously, Timm hinted at the possibility of other Lanterns and Corps showing up in the first season, if only minimally. Keep your fingers crossed in hopes that they will.

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From the Green Lantern War of Light, drawn by Ethan Van Sciver

Bruce Timm reiterated that none of the other DCU superhero mainstays would make an appearance in the GL animated series, saying:

“It’s a science-fiction show, so this means Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, they’re not showing up. It’s all about the Green Lantern Corps.”

But isn’t the story Superman science-fiction, Bruce Timm? Isn’t it?

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A scene from Green Lantern: First Flight

Lastly, Timm talked a bit about the upcoming animated feature called Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, set to be released a few weeks after the feature film, which some have speculated is a sequel to First Flight. Apparently not.

“This one focuses directly on the other members of the Green Lantern Corps. It’s similar in format to the Batman: Gotham Knight movie we did a couple of years ago, with six individual stories all tied up in an overall arc. [Emerald Knights] is similar in that each of the individual stories focuses on one of the other Green Lanterns.”

Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights are slated for a June 2011 release. Meanwhile, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is set to premiere Fall 2011. Next year has the potential to be a really fantastic year for Green Lantern fans – or, you know, the opposite of fantastic.

Source: MTV Splashpage

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  1. I dont care for that concept art of Hal.

  2. All the double talk in this post in reference to the success of the Green Lantern film is bruising my aura.

  3. I’m not particularly enamored with that animation style either. Looks like he belongs in an “Incredibles” movie. :-)

  4. I like Timm as much as the next guy, but the art looks awful and I still remember there is suppose to be a Green Lantern car which is terrible.

  5. Why can’t they just use the animation style used in the DC Universe online trailer, or the Star Wars game trailers. I think that any DC or Marvel animation done in that style would kick some major a$$.

  6. Hmm i dont like how the show looks, green lantern looks a bit ehh…just for kids i guess
    ohh and nice pig latin xD

  7. Negets on this one

  8. if its anything like “Batman the Animated Series” or “Superman the animated series” those cartoons from the early to mid ’90s….

    looks good to me

    lets hope its not like “The Batman” cartoon thats out now

  9. Another CGI suit??? Just kidding. It’ll be interesting to see how much the concept art changes by the time an actual series develops. With all of the lifelike graphics in video games these days, it would be nice to see animation striving harder to reach that level.

  10. First Flight seriously rocked animation wise, and I really hope the series is done in that style.


  11. I’m with those who hate this type of animation.
    i LOVE animated series, but this whole “size 80 chest, size 16 pants” look, is just too.. meh.

  12. Batman The Animated Series isnt just one of the best cartoons ever, its one of the best televison shows period.

    But this looks awful, I’m not saying it will be, but the animation is horrid, and i too have heard rumours of Green Lantern cars and spacecraft, and they will exist soley to sell toys. And if merchandise is the chief concern, then count me out.

    I’ll watch the pilot. Because I’m a fan of the character and Bruce Timm has built up more than enough good will from me over the years. But I cant say I’m terribly optimistic.

  13. Wow , did you all just hammer, the Bruce Timm style art, really, he is the guy that has created some of the best Comicbook related Animated series ever. Batman:The animated series, Batman and Robin:TAS, Superman:TAS, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited, He is also the executive producer on all DC animated movies, If its animated in Dc he Has his Fingers in it, and you are all doubting him, LMAO, you guys kill me, lol

    • come on man, just look at the art Green lantern art he’s got the chest of King Kong and the legs of Olive Oil. How can you any one want a DC Universe Online trailer style animated series.

      • not want a DC Universe Online trailer style animated series.

    • Uh, yes but his art style isnt the same in every one of those series, and the art in all of DC’s animated features have been mixed at best, just because Timm is producing this show doesnt mean that he drew all the character models.

      • I don’t know, the art style was essentially the same, if not incredibly similar, in every one of the series he mentioned. I suppose it got more pronounced as time went on, but stylistically, it was fine. Also, I don’t think he can be held accountable at all for the styles (or art) of the various animated features.

    • Sorry Loco Lobo 73 but barrel chested super heroes with chicken legs doesn’t look very appealing. :-)

    • um…sir, batman the animated series is the best batman series because not the artwork you silly, its the storyline. the artwork itself sucks, If the new green lanten show gonna be the same kind of artwork? then the artist must been living under a rock for the past 20 years.and wa the heck is going on about a green lanten car/spacecraft? thats is just complete boguss. everyone knows green lanten dont need none of that stuff, he’s got his ring.

  14. ehhh

  15. Man I can’t believe all the wet blankets that posted above me. I guess you all must of just HATED the Incredibles then because the two art styles look very similar. No? Then what is with all the negativity?

    Plus I don’t think you all realize what you are saying because the barrel chested small legged look has been a part of MANY of the previous animated series. I suggest you follow this link:

    and then scroll half way down to the side by side Batman and Superman (with GL on the right). Notice any similarities in the anatomy? ;) So get over it already and be happy it’s not Pokemon, Bakugon, or any of the other crappy animated shows on right now.

    I personally am excited to see the show because the GL story and universe has always been one of my favorites. So much material to work with, especially with the recently added “Blackest Night” material.

    Only thing I think they are making a mistake about is,

    “Bruce Timm reiterated that none of the other DCU superhero mainstays would make an appearance in the GL animated series”

    Now I’m not suggesting any of the JL being regulars but the occasional to rare cameo’s would be a good thing. Plus doesn’t Blackest Night take place on Earth and involve a LOT of Earth’s villains and heroes? Gonna be hard to use that story arc if you are going to stick to that statement.

    • @ mongoose

      No ones hating on Bruce Timm or “The Incredibles”. I love the “The Incredibles”. As you know it’s a Disney/Pixar animation and a comedy.

      I don’t really follow too many animations. I own a few but I’m more into comic books and GL is more of a serious character in an action packed sci fi book.

      I think a more realistic style is appropriate and it’s fair for fans to expect a higher detailed style of correct anatomical proportions, akin to the great artwork displayed in the books.

      • Is he any more serious than Batman? Which used the same style? I don’t think so. In fact, I’d say he’s quite a bit “lighter” and more “fantastic” than Batman. The style is fine for Green Lantern. The question is, will the animation be up to snuff? From the test footage, I’d say yes — I certainly don’t like it as much as the original Batman: The Animated Series, or the subsequent series, or even Superman: The Animated Series, but it’ll do in a pinch. It’s cheaper for the studio to do it this way, and Star Wars: Clone Wars has proven it can be successful. Really, the quality of this show is wholly dependent on the writing, so let’s reserve judgment until we see something a bit more concrete (at least that’s my opinion).

        • @ Ben

          I’m simply wanting to see a different style of animation that’s all. I’m not attacking Bruce Timm. :-)

          My point was in comparing the “Green Lantern” to “The Incredibles”.

          Which one do you think is more serious???? :-)

          • I know you’re not ragging on Bruce Timm, and fair enough that you want a different style. But the style you’re referring to originated from the animated Superman serials from way back when, not The Incredibles. The reason they use the same style is they’re all harkening back to that 1941 animated superhero serial.

            • @ Ben

              Those Superman serials from the 40′s are pretty cool. I’m introducing my 2 year son to Superman by watching them with him. :-)

      • Sorry man but were you reading the same posts I was? Lemme recap:

        “I dont care for that concept art of Hal.”

        “I’m not particularly enamored with that animation style either. Looks like he belongs in an “Incredibles” movie.”

        “I like Timm as much as the next guy, but the art looks awful and I still remember there is suppose to be a Green Lantern car which is terrible.”

        “Hmm i dont like how the show looks, green lantern looks a bit ehh…just for kids i guess ohh and nice pig latin xD”

        “come on man, just look at the art Green lantern art he’s got the chest of King Kong and the legs of Olive Oil. How can you any one want a DC Universe Online trailer style animated series.”

        “Sorry Loco Lobo 73 but barrel chested super heroes with chicken legs doesn’t look very appealing.”

        Nothing taken out of context and all hate hate hate.

        And many are complaining about the barrel chested, tiny legged look which is a hallmark of both Timm AND the Incredibles. So yes, they are hating on both because that is exactly the style both were done in. I was trying to point this out by using the Incredibles as an example. Everyone loved that show so why not GL? The negative comments seemed very reactionary and misplaced to me and needed to be put into context.

        And if you don’t follow too many animated series I would suggest you look into it. They are just doing the Bruce Timm style only in CGI. I personally don’t see anything wrong with it myself because this style has worked for many other series.

        As for wanting more detail……There is a limit to how quickly these things can be created and why non-CGI animated series are always simplified…..more detail = more time, plain and simple. CGI alleviates some of those problems but then creates its own set of time issues so the stylized look is understandable. It would be nice if everything looked like it was drawn by Alex Ross but it can’t be.

        • Sorry, I put that under the wrong person….should have been directed at Mr. QuantumLeap and the Magnetic Eye. ;)

          • @ mongoose

            Once again you make the false assumption of people hating the Bruce Timm style of animation. WRONG!!!! :-)

            Let me make one thing clear I’m NOT hating on anything or anyone. I simply want to see a different animation style other than Bruce Timm. I don’t want to see every DC animation blanketed with Timm’s style. :-)

            The same way I don’t want to see every comic book I read done by the same artist.That’s not hate. That’s an appreciation for diversity. :-)

            It also doesn’t have to be as detailed as an Alex Ross painting. Surely there are other great animators out there with their own simplified style who can draw correctly proportioned anatomy.:-)

            In future please don’t take my quotes out of context. They may be cynical and negative from time to time BUT they don’t say anything about hate. Like it or not, they are merely expressing an opinion. :-)

            • This is a fair statement. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting the animation to be changed up from time to time. However, I can’t think of a single DC animated series I liked that wasn’t drawn in the Bruce Timm style. Specifically, I’m talking about how much I hated The Batman.

    • Apart from Blackest Night:Green Lantern which is almost exclusively Hal and the Lanterns.

      Plus no one said they hate The Incredibles and no one said they hate Bruce Timm, in fact every single post is the exact opposite of that sentiment. But this hsow looks rubbish, I have seen footage, it isnt great.

      • To be fair, that was test footage. Personally, I thought it was fine — not great, not bad — especially when you take into account the fact that it is, again, test footage.

      • Also — Blackest Night was more of a DCU story than a Green Lantern story. It was basically Hal Jordan and the Flash versus death itself. It certainly sprung out of Green Lantern-related fiascos, of course.

        Personally, I preferred the Sinestro Corps War, myself.

        • Well, since they already stated they were going to be steering clear of Sinestro, I think the Blackest Night material would be a great story arc for the series, albeit after it has been running for a while.

          Also was not the Blackest Night series where the “emotional spectrum” came into being? I think the other colors being part of the show would be an excellent way to keep the series going and using the Blackest Night story would be the best way to introduce it all. That was more what I was getting at with wanting the Blackest Night material.

          • They said, if I recall correctly, that they were MOSTLY going to steer clear of Sinestro, which to me implies they’ll be vaguely touching upon him and maybe picking up his story down the line. Also, the emotional spectrum was introduced on the run up/during the Sinestro Corps War, and Blackest Night (in my mind) only works AFTER the Sinestro Corps War.

  16. Re: Green Lantern #54, drawn by Doug Mahnke.
    Bet his “MOM” loves it.

    • Huh?

  17. I think it´s not a smart move to bring on a live action movie, an animated movie (plus a sequel) and an animated series within such a short time…

  18. So which Lanterns are going to be in it?

  19. Well, season 1 only went 13 episodes rather than the 26, but it was indeed a pleasant surprise. They really stretched their dollar and gave viewers their money’s worth. Many place visited, and plenty of interesting and visually pleasing characters.

    Here is our take on season one with lots o’ pics and a little wit if you are interested:

    • Incorrect, it went a full 26 episodes.

      • Yes, you are correct. There was a hiatus from May until September between the airing of episodes 13 and 14. And the two halves acted very much like 13-episode seasons (episode 13 had quite the climatic finale). That was when we posted our take.

        We have since amended our take heading to say:
        Green Lantern: The Animated Series [2011] Season 1 part 1: Episodes 1-13