‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’ Official Trailer & Images

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:57 am,

hal jordan in green lantern emerald knights Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Official Trailer & Images

It’s a pretty good time to be a Green Lantern fan. For decades, the ring-wielding cosmic cop was all but overlooked in media (beyond the comic books) but after several high-profile comic book crossovers – Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night – he’s finally making a splash in movies, in television, and on the direct-to-DVD market with Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

Emerald Knights is a follow-up, of sorts, to the successful animated film Batman: Gotham Knight that was released a few years back on DVD. Like that movie, Emerald Knights tells six different, but interlocking, stories, this time within the Green Lantern universe. Today, we’ve got the official trailer and a brand-new image.

Read the official synopsis for Green Lantern: Emerald Knights below:

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is an all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie that weaves six interlocking stories of the Green Lantern Corps’ rich mythology around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy. As the battle approaches, Hal Jordan (voiced by Nathan Fillion, Castle) mentors new recruit Arisia (Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men) in the history of the Green Lantern Corps, telling tales of Avra (the first Green Lantern) and several of Hal’s comrades – including Abin Sur, Kilowog, Laira and Mogo. In the end, Arisia must rise to the occasion to help Hal, Sinestro and the entire Green Lantern Corps save the universe from the destructive forces of Krona.

Check out the trailer:



Click on the images below to enlarge:



Alas, Emerald Knights seems to be a step or two below Gotham Knight, visually-speaking. But what the movie lacks in animation quality, it more than makes up for in terms of creative talent. The stories are written by Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi (both of whom are responsible for Green Lantern’s current creative clout in comics), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Eddie Berganza, Alan Burnett, Todd Casey, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim.

Additionally, Hal Jordan will be voiced by fan-favorite Nathan Fillion – before Uncharted, the internet wanted Fillion to play Hal Jordan in the live-action Green Lantern – Sinestro will be voiced by Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter series) – who’s basically the alternate universe version of Mark Strong, and just as talented – and rookie Green Lantern Arisia will be voiced by Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men). The rest of the cast includes Kelly Hu, Arnold Vosloo, Henry Rollins, and Roddy Piper (as in “Rowdy” Roddy Piper).

Interestingly, the Sinestro Corps pops up in the trailer for one brief moment, despite the fact that everything else in the trailer indicates Sinestro himself is still a Green Lantern. Is the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights version of Sinestro Corps not the ‘Sinestro‘ Corps? Is it instead the Krona Corps, or some variation thereof?

Take a look for yourself:

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The Sinestro Corps in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

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The Sinestro Corps as drawn by Green Lantern artist Doug Mahnke

The DC Universe Animated Originals have, for my money, been far more miss than hit. And on the rare occasion that they do hit, I never really enjoy them enough to re-watch them. Having said that, Batman: Gotham Knight was an incredibly entertaining experience for me, and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights has some fantastic writing talent going for it.

High-quality animation or no, you better believe I’ll be watching this movie when it hits DVD on June 17th, the same day the live-action Green Lantern hits theaters.

Sinestro Corps art by Doug Mahnke

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  1. This looks better than the live action film

  2. I have loved the animated films up until now, and this looks to continue the trend. I’ve been quite impressed with DC’s efforts and am looking forward to delving a bit deeper into the Green Lantern mythos with this release.

  3. This looks pretty decent. Certainly better than the horrible looking Live action film.

  4. Yeah, just what I thought. WORTHLESS for anyone above 9 years old.
    Only this looks to hit the five dollar bin at Wal-mart quicker than most.

    • lol, what are you talking about? Are you one of those “grown ups” who thinks that anything animated automatically means a Saturday morning cartoon only suited for a 9 year old? /rolls eyes.

      I hate to break it to you but there is a good reason why there is a distinction between a “cartoon” and an animated feature. I would suggest you learn that difference.

    • Since you are obviously an expert on the subject, what would you recommend?

    • rocketeuropa…

      Fortunately, just as with any of our opinions, NO ONE has to take anything you say seriously. That makes me smile.

      I am certainly NOT 9 years old and am very much looking forward to this.

  5. I am looking forward to both films.

  6. Well i didnt like the animation on Gotham Knight so im happy with this.

  7. Looking forward for this , All of DC’s animated features have been really above par on most parts.

  8. I like superhero cartoons, but for some reason GL never interested me. I watched the trailer and it didnt pull me in.

    Maybe Im just too old and set in my ways, I prefer the cheap cartoons from the 60′s (spiderman, hulk, thor, iron man)

  9. I don’t get the love for these recent DC animations, most of them have been terrible. Batman UTRH. Gotham Knights. Superman Doomsday. All Star Superman. Were all terrible.
    The others were just ok.

    • Can’t agree drsam

      JL New Frontier was one of the greatest cartoon movies I’d ever seen in my life absolutely fantastic far more than just ok. Wonder Woman was also good and far better than just ok. I also thought both the Batman Superman movies were good as well. The GL first Flight movie and Two Worlds though I agree were just ok.

      Gotham knights and UTRH were awful can’t disagree there. Doomsday I’m on the fence between just ok and bad.

      • i liked New Frontier, its proabaly the best one and the Batman/Superman ones were good too. But out of all of them, only one great film and 4 good ones, then five bad ones? Hardly a good average.

        Mask Of The Phantasm and Return Of The Joker are a thousand times better.

        • Where did you get 5 bad ones? I count three.

          I’d say JL-NW is Amazing, Wonder Woman Great, Batman/Supermans Good and the Green lantern was Ok.

          Only bad ones I see are Gotham knights, UTRH and Superman doomsday. Two of those have specific reasons why they are bad. UTRH is bogged down by it’s voice acting and could of easily been decent with just better voice over. Gotham Knights was trying to do something different and unique and it was awful sure and IMO by far the worst film they made, but it has an excuse. Doomsday was just bad for no justifiable reason.

          I think they are doing pretty well no one is perfect and over all they are doing great IMO.

          I liked Mask of the Phantasm, but I think JLNF was better and I didn’t like Return of the Joker.

          • Four.

            The ones I alreay mentioned. And All Star Superman, which was just awful.

            • I just saw it the other day (All Star Superman), it was ok, but the storyline seemed really crammed together. The animation wasnt exotic or detailed, sorta flat and squarish if that makes any sense.

            • I actually watched All Star and didn’t hate it. It wasn’t one of the best, but I thought it was ok about equal with the GL movie IMO. I didn’t regret watching it like I did the other three.

              • I’m a huge fan of the comic and the film version totally missed the point, it missed out too much and focussed on the wrong things, the heart of that story just didnt come across at all for me. I thought the voice acting and the animation were fine but I won’t watch it again.

  10. So Nathan Fillion gets the animated roles only! Guess they should make an animated Uncharted movie to please the fans :P

    • If the fans had their way Nathan Fillion would be in everything.

      • I wouldn’t put him in everything, but close to lol

        • That’s the way it comes across sometimes though, in Firefly and Serenity he was awesome no doubt there, and he seems like a genuinely nice guy but the fanboys bring his name up an awful lot.
          People will be going on about him not playing GL and Nathan Drake for years to come. We all have these ideal casting choices in our heads (Jon Hamm for Superman) but we are more often than not disappointed by the eventual choice, or we are pleasantly surprised.

          • I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I can really only think of maybe three high profile things he’s been wanted for. I’ve seen other actors being called out more. I would also argue that he was actually the best choice for those roles he was being suggested for. Not only does he look a lot like Nathan Drake, but his personality and acting style fit the character perfect and it makes it harder to swallow that we are gonna be stuck with Mark Whalberg and a film that has nothing at all to do with the game. Then GL he was a good fit as well because he plays cocky , but is always charming when he does it and never comes off as a frat boy he’s always charming and has a certain class to him. As opposed to Ryan Reynolds (who I like) who usually has that Frat Boy humor and man child nature to him. Ryan just comes off cocky and like a man child and never oozes that Charming class that Hal always had.

            • I think there is going to be a lot more to Reynold’s Hal Jordan than the trailer suggested.

              • I agree Dr. After seeing Buried I think there’s more to Reynolds than just the frat boy persona. He will be fine as Hal Jordan. I do dislike the fact that him being GL will push back the Deadpool movie, which I think we can all agree is a match made in heaven :P

                Regarding Uncharted I know Fillion would fit Nathan Drake, a lot of actors would just not Marky Mark!!!!

              • I don’t for two reasons

                1. There is never more to Ryan than that. It’s who he is in every film he has ever been in. He doesn’t seem capable of being anything else. He’s only got one character. He’s great at that character, but it’s all he does. I don’t expect him to change it for this film especially since based on the trailer he is a spot on perfect example of that character he always plays.

                2. It’s a trailer it’s built for the distinct purpose of showing you what the movie will be like. To give you an idea of the tone and the characters. The point of a trailer is to make you want to see it and what the trailer shows is a frat boy man child who is kind of a douche and a lot of a child. Not one ounce of charm

                • Buried gave me quite a different view of Reynold’s he can do serious acting, and do it well. The trailer might have shown comedic/fratboy elements but I think that was to give it a more Iron Man style vibe.
                  I have read the script, or at least an early version of it, and yes there is some humour, but there is also some serious stuff. And the other Lanterns and OA look brilliant. I really think it will be a good film, there is so much more that they are not showing us yet.

                  The weak link to me is Blake Lively.

                  • I don’t buy comparing it to Iron Man. Tony Stark was charming RDJ played the character charming in every line even when he was a complete jerk he was so charming you couldn’t pull your self away and stop loving him. Ryan had no charm in the trailer what so ever he was just a complete D*ck all the way.

                    I’m not saying he can’t be serious. In all of his films he has at least one or two serious moments and pulls them off. I’m saying he can’t be suave and charming. He can be a frat boy manchild and he can play a douche, but he can’t be a suave charmer and in the trailer he is just a douche.

                    He was very serious in Buried but admit it a few times you laughed at his delivery because it was classic Ryan Reynolds delivery. Not saying it was bad delivery just it’s how he always sounds and it’s usually associated with humor. When he would yell almost every time I chuckled.

  11. I look forward to it, I’ve yet to see a bad DC Animated film (I haven’t seen All Star Superman yet, I live in Britain and have to wait a while) Under the Red Hood in my opinion was on par with Mask of the Phantasm.

    Also Nathan Fillion is in this, so by law I must watch it.

  12. I’ve been waiting since I was about 5-6 years old(50 years ago now), for my favorite character in the Justice League, Green Lantern to be looked at without utter distain from the fans of those other Justice League characters, and have a major motion picture and a cartoon of him released. All thoughs years or having to surivice with just the comic books to enjoy the adventure’s of Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns. Now, I’m in a very happy place right now, finally! I’ve always been a DC’er as I refer to myself, and not a Marvelite! Since I read my first comic book back in the late fifties, which just so happened to be Showcase #22, the first appearance of Hal Jordan Green Lantern Silver age, I’ve been a DC’er and Hal Jordan fan. this led me to collecting comic books(no, my first Showcase #22 didn’t make it), which in turn lead me to becoming a Dealer in Collectibles on the side of my real job. And, since, I’ve retraced my Childhood footsteps, and purchased every Green Lantern appearance in comics, among a majority of DC comics, and yes, even a lot of the enemy camps Mavel comics. When that little boy first read all about Hal Jordan and his adventures, I would’ve never dreamed it adventurely lead me to do the Large Collectible shows, and meet a lot of my childhood heros writers and illustrators including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Grant Morrison, Gardner Fox & Mike Esposito, but more importantly, Gil Kane, the man who got me started in the first place. So, L can say I came full circle, and love every minute to this very day. I’ve retired now, from my real job and from doing Collectible shows, but I still read my fair share of comics when I get the chance, and sell on eBay. Now, I have read they’re(DC & Warner Bros) are going to come out with a Green Lantern & Justice League of America movies, pinch me, I feel like a kid again, and, that’s a good feeling! I sure hope they also make a live action Flash movie, Barry Allen was another one of my heroes from childhood. I sure hope to stay alive long enough to see DC/Warner Bros release a live action movie with all the heroes of the Justice League, but, if I only live to see the Green Lantern movie, I could die a very happy man! The only thing that would make me happier, would be to live to see a Trilogy of Green Lantern movies. Ahhhhhh!!! Life is good!

    • Now, THAT was a pleasant read…I am excited too.


  13. i haven’t seen any significantly bad animated feature films by dc, although I appreciate the consistency of GL first flight and emerald knights. The artwork gives a sense of continuity that readers typically follow in comic books.

    as for folks who think animated feature films are for kids, i’d say get out of the 60′s. stop living in the past and face the reality of the present. good stories sell no matter what art form they’re presented in.

  14. I just don’t get how people say these DC animated films are bad (as in all of them as a whole). As a fan of super heroes and comics I am so eager to see these movies. I love seeing someone else’s take on a particular story line or even a new story from scratch. Seriously, how often is it in the past 20-25 years we get this many chances to see our DC favorites like this? Not to mention, these are actual movies geared towards fans of all ages of our favorite DC men & women.

    I’m not saying every movie has been Oscar worthy nor had my heart beating undying attention every second but for what they are meant to be, they are damn good and I hope they keep coming. Sometimes I think it’s just die-hard Marvel fans that post negatively about these films and that’s fine because as long as your buying it means more will come.

    I just think with no other way to see our heroes outside of the comics that these movies are a treat every 4 or 5 months. Does anyone somewhat agree with me?

    • I’m a fan of both Marvel and DC, but I’m a bigger fan of DC, and in my opinion, the DCU animated movies are rarely worth watching these days. I’m not expecting “Oscar-worthy” films or whatever, I’m just expecting quality. Something they’re good, but never great, and usually they’re terrible.

      I loved Batman: The Animated Series, Mask of the Phantasm, The Batman/Superman Adventures, Justice League Unlimited, etc. These just don’t stack up.

  15. What is the name of the soundtrack in the trailer ???

    • it does sound like CHRISTOPHER DRAKES WORK

  16. i love justice leage/////

  17. Emerald Knights is good by itself, it just annoys me how inconsistent it is story wise comparing it to First Flight. The events in both seem to contradict each other.

    Same directors and I suspect animation production team also.