‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ Concept Art, Plot Details, & Footage

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Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern: The Animated Series is slated to be released in the wake of the Green Lantern movie—as was recently mentioned by Kofi Outlaw, who attended the Geoff Johns panel at NYCC this past weekend.

Executive Producer Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Producers Giancarlo Volpe (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Jim Krieg (Fox’s Spider-Man) were on hand at a separate panel, moderated by Geoff Johns, to discuss the series, its style, its story, and its release date, amongst other things. Plot details, concept art, and test footage ahoy.

First, the plot details:
  • Characters that will appear in the first season include: Hal Jordan, Kilowog, the Guardians, Carol Ferris, Sayd, Salaak, Atrocitus, and Zillious Zox. (And that’s just to start!)
  • The first season’s antagonists will be the Red Lantern Corps, led by Atrocitus, though other Lanterns and Corps may show up.
  • Dex-Starr, a fan favorite feline Red Lantern, might make an appearance.
  • Guy Gardner, the most raucous of the four human Green Lanterns from the comic book, might make an appearance, as well.
  • There will be no origin story in the series (perhaps because the movie will establish an origin well enough).
  • Blackest Night, a popular DC Universe comics crossover event from last year wherein dead superheroes and Lanterns rose from the grave, will likely take place at some point in the series.
  • Despite being a children’s show, there will be death(s).
  • Very little of the series will take place on Earth.
  • In a bit of a departure from the comic book, the Green Lantern Corps will have their own vehicles, due to the astronomical distance to some of their missions.
  • The Green Lantern TV show will not be seeing any appearances from other mainstream DC characters such as Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman.
  • Because Sinestro will play such a large role in the movie, the animated series will steer clear of his character…that is, at least for the first season. Apparently, Bruce Timm and company will be building up the anticipation for his character before he debuts on the show.
  • The first season will include 26 episodes, and the first thirteen have already been planned.
  • Five episodes of the series have been recorded, but it’s still too early to announce voice actors.
  • The series will debut near the end of 2011.

Second, here is a gallery of concept art for the show:

And last, but not least, the test footage, which depicts Hal Jordan and Kilowog fighting wave after wave of Manhunters. It was bootlegged from the NYCC panel, so we won’t show it here, but click the link below if you want to see it:

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Green Lantern: The Animated Series Footage

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“I’m getting too old for this.” Who doesn’t love a good Lethal Weapon joke, am I right?

As you can see, the angular, retro visual style (with barrel-chested gentleman galore) is heavily reminiscent of the DC Universe animated shows of yore, including Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, The New Adventures of Batman, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. The major difference, obviously, is that this series will be computer-generated a la Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and not traditionally animated. However, Bruce Timm was quick to point out that Green Lantern, in terms of CGI animation, will be far more influenced by Pixar’s The Incredibles than The Clone Wars.

bruce timm superheroes Green Lantern: The Animated Series Concept Art, Plot Details, & Footage

Based on the what little story was revealed at the panel, it’s clear that Timm, Volpe, and Krieg have taken a page or two from Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern run from the past five years, as opposed to, say, the fifty or so years of GL comics that came before. Unfortunately, because the movie is prominently featuring Hal Jordan’s arch-nemesis Sinestro, played by Mark Strong, it seems the TV show won’t be depicting Johns’ greatest Green Lantern storyline, “The Sinestro Corps War”. But who knows? Maybe the movies will instead.

In this avid Green Lantern fan’s opinion, the concept art and animation both look good, if not altogether great (yet). Frankly, it inspires a lot of confidence that the showrunners have gone with a style that harkens back to the most beloved animated superhero television shows of all time—even if it is by way of computer-generated imagery.

Look for Green Lantern: The Animated Series to premiere at the end of 2011, after the film’s release.

Green Lantern the movie will be in theaters on June 17, 2011.

Sources: Geeks of Doom, Newsarama, and IGN

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  1. Ok, parts of this look cool, but vehicles? Why? A power ring can create just about any form. Hal uses his to make planes all the time.

    So is this a tie in to the movie?

    Surely Blackest Night should be done in an animated movie, to keep the gore and body count right?

    And the character designs are a bit poor, especially Atrocitus.

    • Whaoh dude,you know it all!

      • Naturally.

        • ;)

          • Why Vehicles?
            Merchandising. They need stuff to put the action figures in!

            I don’t like it, but that’s my best guess as to why they would include something like that.

    • Didn’t Abin Sur crash in a vehicle? ;) Maybe they need the will power to handle other things like meditating while the ship is on auto pilot? :D

      • Yes he did. Now I feel kinda foolish. But my point still stands, certainly in the recent comics, that the ring can generate forms capable of interstellar travel.

        • oh I agree. I was just funning with you. Maybe for long distances they would rather use fossil fuels instead of battery power….

          I think I have seen both didnt they use vehicles in the recent cartoon?

      • the whole Abin Sur spaceship has been explain many times in comic book.

        In the Green Lantern Secret Orgin arc (Green Lantern vol. 4), Abin Sur’s final fate was tweaked again to incorporate elements of the Parallax impurity. Abin Sur was forced to use a starship due to his growing fear of impending death, Abin Sur dies while escorting Atrocitus, a prisoner of the Empire of Tears to Earth in his search for the Black Energies foretold to bring on the Blackest Night. Atrocitus successfully manages to free himself and Abin Sur is left to choose between a crash landing on Coast City, or a riskier one in the desert nearby. Abin Sur chooses sacrifice, and lands in the desert. He dies of his wounds after warning Sinestro, still a loyal Lantern at the time, and designating Hal Jordan as his successor.

    • The producers didn’t make it clear as to whether or not it’s directly related to the movie, but it seems it might, at the very least, be vaguely related. Let’s say more related than Batman: The Animated Series and less related than The Clone Wars.

      An animated movie version of Blackest Night could be great, but based on the quality of the recent DC animated movies–which have been hit and very, very miss–I’m a little wary of that route. If this show turns out to be fantastic, than I definitely wouldn’t mind if they took a crack at Blackest Night.

      As for the character designs–Atrocitus barely looks different in the cartoon, so I’m not seeing your problem there. http://www.afhub.com/images/dcd/september_2009/bn_atrocitus.jpg

    • its Abin Sur spaceship if u know Green Lantern history u would know why he had to use the spaceship for.

      • Whether or not that concept image depicts Abin Sur’s space ship, the producers made it clear that the Green Lantern Corps will utilize spaceships for long distance travel.

    • its Abin Sur spaceship

    • Sam I agree I’m annoyed by this.

    • Vehicles so they can sell toys.

      Blackest night is too epic for one movie. The only problems with this is 1) the shows for kids 2) NO OTHER DC Heroes will be on it, GL characters only

  2. First off let me say that Geoff Johns made me car about Green Lnatern after years of not caring. Second, I grew up with Batman:TAS so any animated show and or comic involving Bruce Timm is more then welcomed in my life. I love how this looks. It looks like a CGI version of Batman:TAS and Justice League. I also hope we see some Sinestro action at some point but I would really like to see Blackest Night done on this show or done as an animated movie. I know DC is doing Batman: year 1 (NERDGASM) and Green Lantern:emerald warriors next year but they should make some time for blackest night. Fans would appreciate it so much. :)

  3. The retro art style worked on Batman because the old fashioned look of it fits the noirish feel of that character but it was less effective on Superman and doesn’t fit at all on an SF oriented character like Green lantern.

    • Disagree. It was equally as effective–heck, the Batman style was borrowed from an old 40s Superman cartoon–it’s just that the Superman cartoon wasn’t quite as good as the Batman cartoon in various other respects. But really, what show is?

  4. The vehicles are an obvious merchandise ploy. Not a good sign.

    • That was my thought also.

  5. “In a bit of a departure from the comic book, the Green Lantern Corps will have their own vehicles, due to the astronomical distance to some of their missions.”

    Um, I’m pretty sure that’s industry talk for “call Hasbro. Tell them to start making green spaceships.”

    Everyone will want an official Green Lantern,…um…Lanternmobile™!!

    • Um, I’m pretty sure that’s industry talk for “call Hasbro. Tell them to start making green spaceships.”

      LMAO! 8)

      Vic

    • Chris that’s hilarious.

  6. I’m okay with vehicles in this series since the Guardians would have all manner of technologies at their disposal, and the individual species in the Corps would likely possess a certain comfort level with ships as back-ups. Of course, there IS also the fact that Mattel (Hasbro has Marvel) will want to do what toy companies have done for years and come out with repaints and “neonifications” of various characters…as well as vehicles.

  7. Ya who cares about the vehicles, unless they’re like overtly corny, because if the Corps used vehicles in the comics it wouldnt be something to debate over. And i love the Batman:TAS style of animation just like every child of the 90′s but i feel like their using that simply to hook in that audience, which is funny. I think they should have animated it like The Batman. the series from what, the early 2000′s that would make the lanterns look cool. Either ways fine tho.

    • Well, I have to assume that they went with the style derived from Batman: The Animated Series (et al) because that show was far more well received than The Batman. Batman: The Animated Series was critically successful and incredibly popular with the fans. (Heck, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was a feature film tie-in and considered by many to be the best Batman movie of all time. The Batman had…what, the direct-to-video Batman VS. Dracula?)

      • @ Ben Moore 

        Is it really in the same style as “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”. I love that film. I must get my eyes checked. lol :-)

        • Yeah, definitely. It’s slightly more pronounced and cartoonish, as The New Adventures of Batman and Superman: The Animated Series were, but it’s the same base style.

      • Mask Of The Phantasm is easily my favourite Batman film, the voice acting, the animation, the plot, the visual style. Completely faultless in everyway.

  8. I’m looking forward to this, but I’m not keen on the style of animation.

    What’s with the skinny legs, bulging calf muscles and skinny ankles?

    Why the Mr Incredible look?

    Backdrops look good though. :-)

  9. First off, I’m old school, as in, if it’s not Silver-age, I hate it, period! I cannot stand the way tey animate characters today, alla, Superman, Batman from the 90′s cartoons and beyond. Crap, all crap. In fact, all the cartoons on tv nowadays are garbage. I hate Japination as I call it, it’s what ruined cartoons back in the late sixties and seventies that go right into toaday’s garbage. Bring back the real artwork from the masters like Curt Swan, Steve Ditko, Gene Colon, Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, George Perez and the rest. Now, I just peeked at this new Green Lantern, and I’m sorry to say, it’s the worse crap that I’ve ever seen, it’s not even real animation. I hate computer generated anything. I’m just glad that I was brought up during the greatest age of animation and Super hero tv shows, the 50′s N 60′s were the greatest age of cartoons, like the old Superman, Batman and the Super Friends, Space Ghost, Herculiods, Underdog, Merry Marvel Marching Society, Shazzan, Fantastic Four and all the rest. Now, if they based a cartoon say, on Silver-Age Justice League, especially Justice League 46-47 with the old Solomon Grundy, Blockbuster, Silver age Spectre and all the rest, I’d be interested, but the garbage they show today, it’s not worth one second of my time. If you ask me, what started ruining cartoons, were the introduction of Japination and what put it under all the way, was the Todd McFarlane Spiderman’s, and it’s just gotten worse every following year.

    • @XTrust_No1X

      I’m not sure how you really feel about this coming show…you weren’t clear on the matter ;)

      Obviously, “to each, his own”, but I am looking forward to this, as the designs seem interesting and appropriate (in short: “cool”) to me. I’m happy with the various animated styles DC has employed for their animated series and films over the years. Do I always agree with the particular style for a given series or film? NO…but I DO appreciate the fact that they are varying their presentations and giving fans views at different ways to visualize the many aspects of the DC multiverse.

      (…steps off his soapbox crate, dusts himself off, turns abruptly, and walks smiling toward the sunrise of a whole realm of possibilities in the DC plane of existence…with a gleam of bright green twinkling far above him in a rapidly brightening sky…)

    • Xtrust,

      “50′s N 60′s were the greatest age of cartoons, like the old Superman, Batman and the Super Friends, Space Ghost, Herculiods, Underdog, Merry Marvel Marching Society, Shazzan, Fantastic Four and all the rest.”

      I’m old enough to have watched those when they first aired, and I do indeed have fond memories of those. HOWEVER, have you gone back and watched any of those recently? In retrospect, they were AWFUL. For me, today, unwatchable.

      The Max Fleischer Superman cartoons from the 40s were gorgeous, but after I purchased them all on DVD recently, it turns out they were basically the same story over and over again, just like the George Reeves version of Superman – Lois goes off and gets in trouble, Superman has to swoop in and save her at the last minute.

      Vic

      • I love those Max Fleischer cartoons, the animation is amazing for the time, and while they may be the same story over and over again, the comics of the time were pretty much lke that too.

        Batman the animated series is still the best cartoon version of any comic book character.

    • nice racist comment there on “japination”

      the correct term is Anime. But then I wouldn’t expect much from such a bigoted old person who is screaming “get off my lawn”

  10. Just looking forward to this! I don’t even mind the ships, being that its for merchandising, but they could sell a Construct-Green ship to sell, right? Hahaha… LOL. I’d love to see Blackest Night come to this, or at least a movie that roots from this… =) AWESOME!

  11. Bruce Timm again? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  12. CGI!?! noo I was getting so excited…

  13. OH! I want John Stuart as main GL :/ don’t know why I just prefer him over the rest and would like the animation to be like Batman TAS…….

    • Well John already had his turn in the spotlight when he was featured as the primary GL in the Justice League, and actually that was really a bad move, at least in my opinion, on DC’s part because its confused so many people who went to see the movie. I think its Hal’s turn to be in the limelight, he deserves it. I mean, he is the ORIGINAL Green Lantern….

  14. Wow, this actually looks amazing to me, as a GL fan. I love that it’s in the Timmverse style!!

  15. Funny that Timm insists the animation will be more “Incredibles” than “Clone Wars,” whatever that’s supposed to mean. WB famously passed on “The Incredibles” after Brad Bird pitched it to them and they’re partners with Lucasfilm on “The Clone Wars.”