‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ Preview Clips & Images

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This week marks the premiere of the new Cartoon Network animated series based on DC Comics’ Green Lantern. Aptly titled Green Lantern: The Animated Series, the show is a departure from previous DC superhero cartoons (see: Batman: The Animated Series or Superman: The Animated Series) in the sense that the iconic animation style of gurus like Paul Dini and Bruce Timm have been given a sleek CGI makeover – a change that will inevitably entice some new fans, while also discouraging longtime fans of “classic style” DC Universe animation.

Questions about animation style aside, Cartoon Network and WB still have to promote this thing, and they have subsequently released a new press packet for the show, along with some promotional images. In case this is the first time you’re hearing about GL: TAS, we’ve added a trailer and some clips as a preview of what’s in store.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series will feature Hal Jordan as its primary GL (the character Ryan Reynolds played in the much-decried Green Lantern movie) and will be a mixture of both classic and modern Green Lantern comic book mythos – as you’ll be able to quickly tell from the quoted portion of the show’s official synopsis, below:

In the first part of the two-part series premiere episode, ace test pilot Hal Jordan (voiced by JOSH KEATON), who leads a secret life as Earth’s guardian Green Lantern, is called back to Oa. Searching for the culprits behind a series of Green Lantern deaths in “Frontier Space”, Hal and his gruff fellow Green Lantern Kilowog (voiced by KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON) “commandeer” The Interceptor, a prototype spaceship powered by pure Green Lantern energy and an advanced artificial intelligence system that Hal names Aya (voiced by GREY DeLISLE).

In the second half of the two-part series premiere episode, Hal and Kilowog discover that a group of Red Lanterns, including the conflicted Razer (voiced by JASON SPISAK) and the vile Zilius Zox (voiced by TOM KENNY) have been targeting and eliminating Green Lanterns in Frontier Space. Along with the help from a surviving Frontier Space Green Lantern Shyir Rev (voiced by KURTWOOD SMITH), Hal and Kilowog must stop the Red Lantern leader Atrocitus (voiced by JONATHAN ADAMS) from destroying Shyir’s home planet of Colony 12.

The “Red Lanterns” are of course a new age Green Lantern foe, created by Green Lantern comic writer (and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer) Geoff Johns. In the modern GL mythos, each color of the ROYGBIV spectrum has its own emotional energy (green = the mid-point balance of willpower and red = rage). These different “corps” have shifting alliances and feuds that keep the universe lit in the many colors of emotion.

Evidently in this cartoon series the Red Lantern Corps is going to be an initial focus, which keeps the show in line with DC Comics’ recent “New 52″ reboot, in which The Red Lanterns were given their own comic book series. One can only assume that down the line other lantern corps will be introduced, building up to big GL crossover events like “The Sinestro Corps War” and/or “Blackest Night.”

However, while we wait to see where this show goes, take a look at some clips and a 6-minute montage of footage from Green Lantern: The Animated Series to see if the show is to your liking:






Finally, check out a gallery of images that should give you an idea of what the show’s animation style looks like up close.


Green Lantern: The Animated Series will air on Cartoon Network starting this Friday, 11/11/11 @ 7/6C

Source: Cartoon Network

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  1. Looks pretty interesting, I’ll be giving it a watch anyhoo

  2. IMO this looks like the cinematics of a PS 1 game. Do we really nead a GL animated show? During the last two years we had two animated and one live action movie.

  3. Looks like cheap clunky animation. Let’s concentrate on getting a bigger, better live-action Green Lantern 2 flick up and running with Ryan Reynolds! And a Flash movie, also!

  4. I will watch it and I will enjoy it because I like the GL universe )I can only hope they do the Sinestro storyline CORRECTLY) and am sure the stories will be entertaining….BUT….I will admittedly be wincing all the time at the animation style.

    Can’t remember who mentioned it but it looks VERY reminiscent of an old show called “Reboot”. I expect more from my CGI now a days than to match the quality of a show that’s 15+ years old. This show feels like a beta pass of a final product. The characters, landscapes, well EVERYTHING, needs one more level of texturing because the shiny and smooth plastic look just doesn’t look good anymore. Most animated shows might have a similar level of simplicity but that’s because they are drawn frame by frame so it’s understandable. Being completely CGI however there is no excuse for not having a bit more visual depth/texture since it’s all about animation once the characters and props are built.

    • Reboot is classic. Especially after the killed the main character and then the lil kid became a bad ass gunslinger.

  5. I’ll watch this but i think most people are agreed, that it would’ve far more welcome if money had been spent on a couple of brand new seasons of Justice League Unlimited

  6. Animation FAIL.

    So sad the new DCAU universe (and new Batman series) will be cgi. Bruce Timm you r becoming Geoge Lucas.

  7. Just saw the show and while the visual “style” remains a sore point, the story was enjoyable. I only hope though that the Red Lanterns won’t be the only antagonists in this show. I really want to see Sinestro’s story of being cast out and becoming the first Yellow Lantern along with ALL the other colors of the spectrum at some point.