Geoff Johns Shows Off The Green Lantern Known as Tomar-Re

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:02 am,

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Green Lantern is, along with Thor, one of the most highly anticipated superhero films of next year. But whereas Thor’s trailer garnered nearly universal acclaim in the geek community, Green Lantern’s trailer has been criticized for its over reliance on hokey CGI and Iron Man-meets-Van Wilder comedy stylings.

The creature designs on the other hand have thus far been fairly well-received. Though we’ve only seen a few – Kilowog, Sinestro and Tomar-Re, for example – they’ve all looked pretty good, or as good as can be expected this early in the production process. Now, courtesy of Green Lantern issue #61, we’ve got the clearest look yet at Tomar-Re with a personalized note from author Geoff Johns.

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For those that don’t know the first thing about the fishy-looking Green Lantern known as Tomar-Re, Geoff Johns, the current writer of the Green Lantern comic book and the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, has the full rundown:

“Growing up on the planet Xudar, Tomar-Re comes from a peaceful avian race that focuses their efforts on the arts and sciences instead of war. His nature to examine everything has led the Guardians of the Universe to appoint him the archivist and protector of the sacred Book of Oa. When not studying the nature of the Corps, Tomar-Re patrols sector 2813 where he developed a close friendship with neighboring sector 2814’s Green Lantern, Abin Sur. Tomar has taken an interest in Abin’s replacement, Hal Jordan. Though Hal is not one for details, Tomar hopes to teach Hal what it means to be a Green Lantern.”

As Chief Creative Officer, Johns got an inside look into how the Green Lantern design team brought the various Green Lanterns and creatures to virtual life:

“We’ve watched test after test supervised by digital effects master Jim Berney based on the amazing design work by Grant [Major] and Ngila [Dickson]. Their passion for detail is much like Tomar-Re’s. Something I found extremely interesting was the mix of motion capture and straight-up animation they used in creating the Green Lantern Corps. Some of the more humanoid Corps members like Tomar-Re and Kilowog started with motion capture, but most of their flying and movement beyond simple interaction was animated, some based on the movement of insects or animals and others created completely from scratch – giving them all a unique, and alien, feel. It’s this attention to detail – from the scales on Tomar-Re’s skin to the way he turns when he flies into the air – that will give the Green Lantern Corps more life than it’s ever seen.”

Lastly, for those doubting the quality of the coming Green Lantern film, Geoff Johns, who has absolutely no reason to exaggerate the quality of anything related to Green Lantern ever (nope, no sir, nuh-uh!), is here to reassure you:

“With talented people like Grant, Ngila and Jim and his team pouring their heart and soul into [the movie], it makes you realize even more than you might already know how truly amazing the Green Lantern universe is.”

In the note, Johns referenced the fishy, scaly texture of Tomar-Re’s suit (above), which is very reminiscent of the muscular texture of Hal Jordan’s suit. Does this mean that the suits visually reflect the biological nature of the creatures who wear them? It seems that way, yes. It’s very possible that this creative choice will prove to be incredibly successful, but I have to wonder – did we really need to complicate something that was already working? Perhaps the busy look of the Green Lantern suits is one of the reasons they haven’t worked for so many. Sometimes, as they say, less is more.

You can find the above images in the back of the most recent issue of Green Lantern (#61), written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Doug Mahnke. The Green Lantern movie, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Ryan Reynolds, hits theaters June 17th, 2011.

Source: Green Lantern #61 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke

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  1. Okay, I don’t know the comics too well, but that guy just looks like ALF in a green suit…

    • I concur. The CGI looks bad. The creature design and costumes are a poor interpretation of the comics. And Geoff Johns is over rated. This is not the Green Lantern of my childhood.

      • that last sentence says it all lol.

        Am I the only one who thinks this CGI doesn’t look any worse or better than any other movie?? Cause it really doesn’t. All the geeks just went up in arms when those awful ET clips came out and now they can’t shake that mindset. It’s hilarious. Luckily, internet posting means nothing when it comes to movie quality or success at the box office.

        • geep…

          No, you’re not the only one. I’ve, so far, loved the first trailer and and looking quite forward to the film. I think the character designs look great and are updated very effectively, especially for a series that is around 40 or so years old. The long underwear look would simply be silly on a modern movie screen, so these designs work…in my opinion.

          • …sigh: and AM, not and AND…SHEESH!

    • haha yh

  2. From this still image photo it looks like they are really starting to polish up Green Lantern. I have no doubt its going to prove fanboys wrong. Cannot wait for a second trailer to come out.

    • They desperately need a second trailer. Thor trailer was far better than the GL trailer.

  3. The VFX Supervisor should be fired. Why didn’t WB get ILM to do the visual effects? EPIC FAIL!

  4. wow that fish dude looks pretty bad. i assume this is final product, if not then they should stop with the garbage non complete work, its seriously making the movie look worse then what its going to be.

  5. CGI is starting to look better. Also glad to hear they used mo-cap too,was worried it was all gonna just be done from scratch. This is gonna pwn. Also when are they announcing who is voicing the cast?

  6. Well, I guess I’m the only one whose excited about this movie and not giving up on it…

    • Nope I am too xD

    • As am I :)

  7. While the design looks good, the highlights all over his (as well as Ryan Raynold’s) suit just screams cartoonish CGI.

    For those who are still holding out hope that it will get better, I am sad to say that when WB continually pushes out media where the quality looks as good as the previous ad to promote this movie, I think it may be safe to say we are looking at one of the final products.

    I have also been hoping that we see something, ANYTHING, that will change my mind, but thus far they continue to disappoint.

    Maybe my low expectations will pay off in the end.

    • 6mths till release and counting and I doubt everyone working on this film would be sitting around and twiddling their thumbs. Sony imageworks also did the CGI for Watchmen and Superman Returns. So I’d say wait a while still.

      • They can’t spend too much time tweaking the effects. Remember, they’re still converting the film to 3D, and will need ample time if they want to win over the fans.

        • But that pic looks great.I just want to see a better 2nd trailer.

  8. I’m loving the look, and the suit. It’s not the look we grew up with in the comics, but this isn’t the comics.

    • Right on. Succesfull movie versions (of comics) try to build on what is in the source material. I consider myself a fanboy and aside from Hal Jordan’s mask looking a little strange, I think the effects artists are doing a great job. I have a degree in 3d animation and I know what it takes to build realistic models for a modern audience that criticizes everything. Most of these negative commentors just have no clue.

      • So what you’re saying is, you’re biased and thus overly defensive. There’s nothing wrong with these negative commenters not liking the look of the CGI. It’s blurry and glowing and fake-looking. Maybe it’s just early, though.

      • I’m a veteran of CGI for almost 20 years in the film industry. This CGI is poorly executed on many levels. But since you have a degree and empathize with how difficult it must be to make it believable you won’t mind paying to see it several times. I for one will pass on this film. There are better films to invest my time and money in.

  9. I feel that the film is coming along fine. From the trailer the suit does look a little off and I really hope that they straighten that up.

    Still, I like the direction they are going. The suit is energy based from the ring so I like the fact they didn’t go with some type of cloth material or something. I like how the suits takes on certain physical characteristics of the one who wears the ring.

    • By the way Green Latern First Flight the animated film was tight.

  10. It’s kind of a shame their’s no 3-D trailer. That might change a few perceptions.. :P

  11. They got it backwards. The eyes have black around them and the beak is the same as the face. He looks like he has a dog snout now.

    • Since you claim to have such a close attention to detail try this simple trick for measuring and comparing physical attributes;
      Measure Tomar Re’s beak (in the original comic book drawing) and then compare that measurement to his arm you’ll find it’s outlandishly long. The screen capture is also from a three quarter view not a profile. How can you be accurately judging anything. Oh wait, cause you’re not.

      • I think he’s talking about the color, not the size of anything. He’s saying the color of the beak should be the color of his face, and the color of the eyes should be the color of the beak. Look at the comic book iteration of Tomar-Re. That’s what Thandrale’s referring to.

        • Thank you Ben. I was puzzling as to who he was replying to since it didn’t seem to have anything to do with what I was talking about.

  12. I really wish Sony Imageworks wasn’t the effects house behind this. Whenever I notice a movie with really poor, slapdash cgi I look the film up on IMDB and usually find Sony Imageworks was behind it. I’ll never forget how rubbery their Superman was. I couldn’t believe they spent so much money on SR and the effects were still so bad. I know they are usually the cheapest effects house, but sometimes quality has to trump price. Green Lantern could and should have some stunning visuals, but I fear Sony Imageworks will ruin them.

    • They seem to be okay on most effects except humanoid characters. Their Spiderman. Dr. Manhatan, Superman and Beowulf all had problems. Unfortunately most of Green Lantern is going to hinge on the believability of the cgi characters.

  13. His suit looks good
    but i don’t like his eyes and how he has that black nose, but ohh well not everything can go your way.

  14. This movie had alot of potential coming in… But they shouldve just gave him a suit and said here you go… not this living-suit look that they gave him…

    like i said before, alot of potential coming in, not saying that this is how the finished product is gonna look… i hope they just give him a suit and say “by the way, heres the uniform that all green lanterns wear”… how long would filming that take?…