What with all the Captain America, Superman: Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, and Thor news lately, Green Lantern is starting to feel like the odd man out. By the way, Warner Bros., where is that second trailer?
To tide fans over until something more substantial hits, Green Lantern – the comic book – has been releasing stills and images from the movie with every issue. We’ve seen Tomar-Re, Sinestro, Bzzd, and Kilowog, and now, with issue #64, we get our best look yet at Abin Sur, as played by Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones).
For those unfamiliar with Abin Sur, the pinkest Green Lantern in the Corps, DC Comics Executive Editor Eddie Berganza has very graciously provided a bio:
A courageous alien from the planet Ungara, this Green Lantern was charged with protecting sector 2814. His deeds were grand, but he gained true immortality with his actions in the moment of his death. Having crashed to Earth in his vessel, he sent his power ring to seek out a successor – someone worthy to carry on the mantle. It selected a man capable of overcoming great fear – test pilot Hal Jordan. The rest is cosmic history told in the Book of Oa.
Berganza goes on to praise Abin Sur’s design in the film, inspired by frequent Green Lantern artist Ivan Reis (Blackest Night):
We saw the first glimpse of Abin last year at Comic Con as his dead body was placed on display. But here we get to see how Abin is brought to life on screen – and how amazingly and vibrantly the emerald light flows off him.
Uh, I don’t know about that, Eddie. I’m not seeing a whole lot of light, emerald or otherwise, flowing anywhere in this new picture. Regardless, Berganza continues:
It’s clear that the movie team is taking great care to translate to the silver screen the amazing artwork and designs of former Green Lantern artist Ivan Reis concocted in the “Secret Origin” arc that inspired the film.
Click on the images below for the full versions:
The look of Abin Sur is certainly one of the more interesting ones in the film, but I can’t tell if I believe that simply because there’s actual, physical makeup involved – as opposed to, you know, CGI – or if it’s just because I genuinely appreciate it on an aesthetic level. Still, it’s hard to argue with a design that can be described as a neon pink version of Body Worlds.
Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern hits theaters June 17th, 2011.
Source: Green Lantern #64