‘Green Lantern’ Trailer: Costume Transformation Shot By Shot

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 16th, 2012 at 10:27 am,

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Well, the Green Lantern trailer is finally here, and fan reaction is… mixed at best.

Opinion is split on everything to do with this Green Lantern movie – whether Ryan Reynolds is right to play Hal Jordan, if Blake Lively can act (I say yes), whether the movie looks too cartoonish and not “dark” enough, etc. However, one hot topic of debate currently raging isĀ  whether Green Lantern’s CGI costume looks good…or just plain silly.

Rather than force you to play the Green Lantern trailer over and over as you drum on your mouse for that shot-by-shot effect, we here at Screen Rant thought that we might make things easier by actually giving you a shot-by-shot, hi-resolution image sequence of Hal Jordan (Reynolds) powering up his ring and “putting on” his Green Lantern uniform.

First check out the trailer in its entirety, then we’ll stack the images of Reynolds transforming into Green Lantern below, so you can check them out:


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I have to admit that I think the CGI costume effects are pretty well done… right up until I get to that final image of the finished costume.

It should be understood that at this point the CGI effects are not finalized and are going to be polished in the coming months – so they’ll likely look much better when the finished product hits theaters. (Remember the unfinished effects in that Iron Man superbowl TV spot fans were once up in arms about?)

But, as loyal fans we should – nay, must – help the filmmakers find their way. So it’s in that helpful spirit that I’d like to present three things about the Green Lantern movie costume that I think could use some improvement:

1. The Color Tones

The colors are way too light in tone. Not every superhero outfit has to be “dark,” but when you think about it, it would make more sense for GL’s costume to be darker, with the green aura of the ring bearer’s will providing the light. If a Green Lantern dies, and their light fades, it would look more fitting if their uniform had a darker tone to it (the absence of light). But that’s just me.

2. The Texture

The actual “skin” of the outfit makes me feel like they might has well have gone with some cheap plastic/latex costume and skipped the CGI altogether. The color tones and “feel” of the outfit (especially around Reynolds’ wrist and hands) reminds me of the Hal Jordan action figure I used to play with when I was a kid.

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3. The Mask

I know in my heart and soul that there was never going to be an easy way to pull off a mask like the one Hal Jordan wears (whether it was CGI, makeup, or costume piece). However, the mask they’ve gone with strips Reynolds of virtually any chance he has of NOT looking silly. I will admit that in a previous magazine cover image, the GL mask actually played (thank you, airbrushing); in this trailer image, not so much. You can call me a blasphemer, but personally, I think the filmmakers would’ve been better off going with the “armor mask” worn by Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. But again, that’s just me.


Enough of my opinion – how do you guys feel after taking a closer look at Ryan Reynolds in the Green Lantern costume? Did the closer analysis sway your opinion, or do you feel the same way as before?

Green Lantern will try and shine in theaters on June 17, 2011.

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  1. “In brightest day, in blackest night, no CGI shall escape Their sight.
    Let those who criticize the Costume be called contrite, beware the power, Green Lantern’s light!”

    Relax… It’ll change… Give it a chance… It’s just a movie people! Be thankful we even get to see it on the big screen!

    Gotta jet! Have a great day! – Stark

  2. Touche, Stark!

  3. I’m looking forward to the sequels HOPEFULLY they’ll be:GL#2Jon Stewart & GL#3Kyle Rayner w Guy Gardner cameo(I hate him but he’s an important part of the GL history).

  4. Ever since Superman The Movie I’ve been waiting for a GL movie. All in all, I think the suit needs some work. I’ll be optimistic by saying that considering he is a rookie, perhaps the suit evolves with him as he becomes more experienced with making constructs. The mask, however, does suck. also, I know it’s too early to tell, but I was not impressed with the Hal character thus far. In my mind, he’s got to have a combo of Maverick and Iceman.

    • That’s what I’ve been saying, ever since the trailer was released, and you and me are huge fans, we should be more critical than the casual fans who are having a go at a trailer!
      This will be epic!

  5. oh my god what is wrong with you people. u make these entry complainig about every little thing. my man, get a life. if you dn’t like the film the don’t watch it. to actually make a shot by shot analysis of a film that ONLY RELEASED A TRAILER by the way, makes me think your parents were mean to you or something.
    sincerely, guy who pities you.
    ps, im betting that your single.

    • Jeff,

      I pity those who take the time to leave a comment about something they think is insignificant, more.

      Oh, and the fact that almost 20,000 people have looked at this article and 140 left comments says that you’re wrong.

      So please, save your condescension for someone who deserves it.



    • @jeff

      I’m engaged, Vic is married and pretty much all of our writers are married/engaged/attached.

      We’re also in much better physical shape then most bloggers or Internet enthusiasts.

      So… yeah… you’re pretty much wrong across the board champ. Better luck next time.

      P.S. – please say “you” and not “u.” YOU aren’t sending me a text message, bro.

        • greenknight,

          Believe it or not, we have met many of our movie site compatriots face to face at events like Comic-Con, Sundance, etc. So Kofi is not generalizing.


  6. I think it looks pretty good. The mask definitely looks silly, and I am sure they will go away from the CGI when he is acting in the suit and he will be wearing a latex suit. I agree that the colors should be darker, they are just too light right now. I can’t wait for the movie to come out.

  7. honestly, as a film major, i hate the whole movement towards such digital effects bad. i hoped i’d never see the day that an entire movie is just actors real faces and everything else digitally created and NOT be labeled as an animation.

    what i’m saying is, the costume looks ridiculous. i can’t watch a movie where this is taken seriously, i think this alone makes me not want to watch this movie.

  8. I think it’ll be fine. =)

  9. The whole thing looks silly, made for SyFi.

    Yes, I will base my opinion on “just a trailer”, fanboys save your replies.

  10. Stop with the ‘Mask’ already!!!

    For God’s sake, The Lone Ranger’s mask was just cut out of scrap and he was a Hero and a Badass! (Still is!)

    I built an Arc Reactor in a Cave out of scraps too! It’s NOT the ‘costume’…………… it’s the ‘Hero’ behind it. <–

    Moving on…

    …. Jeez. – Stark

  11. Looks shi*ty

    Very gay actually if that’s your thing, good for you, but very gay non the less.

    Is Joel Schumaker involved with this one?

    • actually jeph loeb was present at the shoots & i have no idea how he let this happen !!!!!!

  12. This is my second most anticipated movie of next year – after HP7.

    (Then Thor).

    • then Pirates 4 then Captain America then ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ & then Man of Steel !!!

  13. Mr Outlaw, you stated in your article that “it’s understood that the effects will be polished in the coming months…”

    Is there an official link/statement to this? Because I’m worried that the film-makers might not get that it needs work – perhaps they think this is adequate? :S

    I’m just asking if you know for sure that the team know this is not up to scratch yet.


    • I think what Kofi means is that if a movie not set for release for another 8 months, the visual effects are more likely than not unfinished.

      It’s a logical assumption

  14. Criminy, what a bunch of cynical whiners. Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of the mainline DC Universe and haven’t really kept up with superhero comics of any kind in 15 years, but the trailer made me much more curious to see this than I was before. It looks like it’ll have some fraggin’ SCOPE, which is a breath of fresh air for anyone who’s a little tired of comics movies shoehorning everything into NYC or some generic urban cityscape. I’m also thrilled that it doesn’t look “dark” or “brooding”, cuz god, didn’t that BS go out of style with the 20th century? If it didn’t, it needed to. Maybe my optimism will prove to be misplaced when the film actually comes out, but for now it’s great to have hope of seeing a fun, non-sequel adventure flick next summer.

  15. i m totally fine with the costume and maybe being a little too funny with the character but it seems like he stuffed a tube sock in his underwear !!

  16. saw this on the big screen last night and it looked a lot better than it did on youtube. IMO it’s pretty slick when he suits up.

  17. at the end of the day no matter if you wanna watch the movie or some aspect makes you not wanna watch the movie YOU ARE STILL GONNA WATCH THE MOVIE !!

  18. All that’s missing is bat-nipples. Oh and the mask is pretty gay there boy wonder…

  19. I’m unimpressed and in all actuality the trailer this far seems flat and uninspiring. Given where we have gone with the superhero genre and where we have been, this almost looks and feels like the entry level attempt we got with the first and final Spider-man, the first Wolverine and the second Punisher. It feels safe and uninviting. A trailer serves the purpose to tease. To hint and to establish the mood. Superman Returns and Spider-man 3 were terrific trailers even when the films themselves were lackluster. But the trailers created the mood and direction for the audience to understand it was going for. Here, I feel GL is playing at the Fantastic Four level. Where they are worried about alienating everyone and anyone so they simply are playing to the lowest common denominator. I would rather a film attempt something grandiose and fail (Ang Lee Hulk) than to play it safe and under perform.

    • BAAH!!

  20. I dont wanna sound weird but he does look too skinny when he turns into green lantern, they stretched his body too much! You can see it from picture 4 to 5, looks so weird!

    • I totally agree. They trimmed of a lot of his waist and it just looks wrong.

      • If u had a more precise look at it again you’ll see there is a bright light shining in fro the window which will wrap around the edge of the long torso/hip muscles making it blend in with the white light from the window. This is just cg mimicking real life physics. Also these are stills and honestly they aren’t frame by frame of the film. They’re screenshots from a downloaded clip with a reduction in quality. There’s so much pixel information being lost in these shots. If you don’t work with 3d software and powerful compositing solutions your critique is flawed.

      • Yup, he does look way to skinny, almost anorexic.

  21. Hi MisterMxyplik, I agree that Ang Lee’s Hulk was grandiose, and despite needing one or two more action sequences, I think it’s only failure was at the box office. It’s actually a very impressive comic book film, superior to Letterier;s reboot and I for one think it’s a shame that Eric Bana couldn’t reprise his role and make it his own.

    • The Ang Lee “Hulk” was atrocious…it had HULK DOGS!!! Now, I DID love Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly in their respective roles. They both acted their parts wonderfully. Unfortunately, the movie tried to play itself as a comic book onscreen with multiple panels opening up at any given moment–it looked idiotic and was, in fact, disruptive to the whole movie-watching experience.

      I actually enjoyed the expository feel of the movie…the “talkiness” that upset the majority of the audience who hated it because they expected more “ME HULK; HULK SMASH!” and less “Can’t we discuss this intelligently?”. I happen to think all of those people MISSED the whole point of Banner/Hulk’s duality, his more interesting nature, and the need for such an obviously physical film to ground itself in the mind and in philosophy. THAT, the movie did well.

      I just wish it had been put together better.

    • Thank you, finally someone else agreees, Eric Bana was by far a better Hulk than …..(can’t remember his name (blast!)). Not too sure about all the frames on screen and hulk dogs etc, but if was defo a better film than the latter release.

  22. I’ve seen the preview in theaters today right before ‘Harry Potter 7 pt. 1, and I can tell you this . . .”It’s AWESOME” . . .I’m not a Green Lantern fan but I like what I saw, it looks promising . . . thank you ! ! !

  23. This is just freaking painful to watch. I have no idea how these things get “greenlit” ( I am sorry I had to and yes I have myself for it). This is destined to be another punisher or dare devil. The CG looks worse than some of the D movies you see on the syfy channel, It is way too cartoonish (you can tell some retard studio executive wants this to grab a PG rating so they can make more money). Too bad, I was hoping that this could be adapted into a decent movie… Really nobody should be able to make a super hero movie with out Nolan’s approval (or the guy from Iron man, forgot his name)…

    • The Iron Man director is Jon Favreau. My opinions is that I hope they fix it up because they look silly. That said however I am looking forward to Mark Strong as Sinestro

  24. I honestly don’t like the costume as it is due to the fact that the CGI makes it look way too much like muscle-tissue. The striations, even though somewhat subtle, make Hal (Ryan) look way to much like a walking talking skinned body! I think Ryan confused GL with his other character, Deadpool!

    • I completely agree with you. Even with a lean muscular person, I don’t think you could have enough definition to actually see every muscle and tendon in the thigh like that. The texture of the suit kind of reinforces that.

  25. Heck with GL I want to see Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson a.k.a DEADPOOL! Other than Hugh Jackman Ryan Reynolds was the best thing in X-Men Origins:Wolverine. More Deadpool. Still I might see GL anyway.

    • Have to disagree with you, sir. The best thing in the Wolverine movie was Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit. Really never knew Gambit until that movie but I was very impressed. His part was the highlight.

      • If you read the comics you would have been dissapointed as I was.