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:
GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES 6-MINUTE PREVIEW
CLIP #1: OPENING SCENE
CLIP #2: HAL ARRIVES ON OA
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