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.
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:
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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:
The Sinestro Corps in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
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