Official Green Lantern Plot Synopsis

Published 5 years ago by , Updated May 29th, 2010 at 9:13 am,

green lantern filming 3d Official Green Lantern Plot Synopsis

The comic book movie industry is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, with Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment laying down major plans to bring their biggest superheroes to life over the next several years. For Warner Bros. and DC, their first big step towards what may become  a shared superhero film universe (a la Marvel’s Avengers) comes at us next summer with the first ever Green Lantern movie.

Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role and is directed by Martin Campbell off a script by Greg Berlanti. We’ve had a pretty good idea of what the story would be about from our knowledge of the comics and hints from casting and interviews over the months, but now Comic Book Movie has what appears to be the official Green Lantern plot synopsis.

Green Lantern is currently in principal photography and the latest we’ve seen and heard about the 3D project over the last two months included the first photo of Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond, a look at the Green Lantern spaceship and news that Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern costume would be entirely CGI.

Now we can start piecing it all together with the help of the “official” Green Lantern synopsis:

‘Bringing the enduringly popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, under the direction of Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”).

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Campbell directs “Green Lantern” from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.

The film also stars Blake Lively (upcoming “The Town,” TV’s “Gossip Girl”) as the spirited Carol Ferris, a test pilot and the heir apparent to her father’s aviation company; Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education,” “Flightplan”) as scientist Dr. Hector Hammond; Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) as Sinestro, Jordan’s powerful mentor in the Green Lantern Corps; Jay O. Sanders (“Revolutionary Road”) as Carl Ferris, Carol’s aircraft designer dad; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars” Episodes II and III) as Abin Sur, Jordan’s alien predecessor; Taika Waititi (TV’s “The Flight of the Conchords”) as flight navigator Tom Kalmaku, Hal’s good friend and confidante; Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as enigmatic government scientist Amanda Waller; and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as Hector’s influential father, Senator Robert Hammond.

The film is being produced by Donald De Line (“The Italian Job”) and Greg Berlanti (upcoming “Life As We Know It”). Herbert W. Gains and Andrew Haas serve as executive producers. Geoff Johns and Lucienne Papon are co-producing.

The film’s behind-the-scenes creative team is led by a number of Academy Award® winners, including director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), and costume designer Ngila Dickson (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), as well as Oscar®-nominated editor and longtime Campbell collaborator, Stuart Baird (“Gorillas in the Mist,” “Superman”). The film’s visual effects are being overseen by Oscar®-nominee Kent Houston (“The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen,” “Casino Royale”).

The film is currently scheduled for release in 3D and 2D on June 17, 2011. “Green Lantern” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. ‘

I’m not 100% sure on the validity of this synopsis but we’ll let you know when we confirm whether it’s official. It is very interesting that this synopsis points to Parallax as another villain for the film since we’ve not heard that before.

In 1994′s Emerald Light story, Hal Jordan became the villain Parralax and the Green Lantern mantle went to his replacement, Kyle Rayner. The event unsurprisingly caused a flurry amongst fans but Rayner did earn a large following. Jordan’s transformation from good to evil began when his home, Coast City, was completely destroyed and the deaths of those he knew kept haunting him to the point where he uses the ring to recreate Coast City and its people, violating the rules of the Green Lantern Corps. From there it goes downhill, from Jordan turning to the Guardian (Green Lantern leaders) homeworld of Oa to re-power his ring, fighting other Green Lanterns on the path to becoming a super villain.

That story, which we hope would be utilized correctly in the movies, seems a tad off for the Green Lantern origin movie, since it also involves Sinestro after he becomes evil (he’s released by the Guardians from prison to stop Hal). From what we know so far about the movie, we were all lead to believe Sinestro wouldn’t be the villain and instead would just play the mentor role for Jordan until he becomes the villain for the sequel(s).

So, that’s the story which sees Hal Jordan come out as Parallax in the books. We’ll let you know more as we do along with confirmation on this synopsis.

With Batman 3 and Superman: Man of Steel getting release dates in 2012 and Warner Bros. set to show off Green Lantern for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, we can definitely expect some major announcements and hopefully, the announcement of a Justice League movie.

What do you expect from the Green Lantern movie and its cast?

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Green Lantern opens in theaters on June 17, 2011.

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  1. Does this mean two villains in the movie?

    • Maybe Hector Hammond is a brief, one-off villian. Like someone set up to give GL a fight scene to establish his powers and such, but has no ultimate bearing on the plot.
      Comic movies need more of those.

  2. So they’re going with Parallax?
    But is he gonna be just a generic space monster CALLED Parallax or will he be the embodiment/avatar of fear, thus opening the door for the Sinestro Corps, Atrocitus, etc, etc?
    This is interesting….

  3. Childhood sweetheart? Wasnt Blake Lively born when he was like 15?

  4. Ah too bad its in 3D, I won’t be seeing this,,,,

    Maybe on Dvd if they haven’t converted those to 3D.

    I need 3D movies like I need another reality tv show.
    Suck my ballz 3d!

    • I like pizza

      by the way its in 2d as well so don’t get your panties in a bunch

    • It said 2d AND 3d, so you won’t have to view it in 3d…You’ll have a choice.

  5. Lol hilarious u refuse to see it just because it will be in 3d.

    I’m still not thrilled about Reynolds in this role he wasn’t the best choice and would of been a better flash however he is a good actor. Still unsure on the film Reynolds is not the best choice, director seems to be an odd choice and the all CGI costume bothers me.

    On the other hand I do like Ryan , Tim Robbins is amazing , I’m a GL fan and this has alot of potential to make the sequal amazing. Setting up Sinestro in the first film with lots of screen time but not being the villain till number two is brillant and introducing parellax now could be good for a potential JLA film with Hal getting possesed and being the bad guy. That would be a great JLA 2.

    • I can understand some people not wanting to watch movies in 3D – they don’t like it, some people still seem to get headaches, others don’t like the glasses, etc. Of course I know 790′s reasons are different. :)

      Personally, I’m pretty pissed this is in 3D because they’re not SHOOTING it in 3D. After the fact 3D never looks as good as far as I’m concerned.


      • Does that mean it will be shown also in non-3D versions because I too hate 3D done after the filming and for those films like with CLASH I go see the regularversion and skip the 3D.

        • No need to worry.

          “The film is currently scheduled for release in 3D and 2D on June 17, 2011.”

          Since it’s not being shot for 3D, I’m also of the mind that I’d rather see it in 2D.

          • Ditto on that.

            • Ditto for me, too.

  6. I was never much into DC comics except for Batman titles and the occassional Flash and Green Lantern.

    The film crew list on this production is quite impressive. Looking forward to seeing this. Dion Beebe is a well respected world class Australian cinematographer and I really admire his attention to detail when painting with light.

  7. I hate 3D with a passion,,,!

    • Yes, that much is clear.

    • I really enjoyed Avatar in 3D, but since it was shot in 3D it looked damn good. What I HATE about 3D is the stupid glasses and if you move your head off center of the screen you lose the 3D. Well that, and the super upcharge for the “privilege” of seeing it in 3D.

  8. this Wb/DC’s “Ultimate” Green Lantern…paralax??wow..

  9. i just got extra stoked for this movie now, i mean i’ve always thought he was cool, never really read any comic books or anything, just seen him in a few animated movies actually. but i would really like to see this:)

  10. I really hope the 3D is nothing like Clash of the Titans. If it is like Avatar I will see it then.

  11. Actually, given the plot details they’ve previously released, I can see how Parallax might fit into things. Perhaps Dr. Hammond is a pawn of Parallax. Also, we probably wouldn’t have heard anything up to this point about the casting for Parallax since the look of it would most likely make him a CG character. They can wait pretty deep into the production to cast an actor for the voice-over.

    If anything about the news on this film has me worried at this point, it’s the heavy dependence on CG. Yes, it makes sense given the space elements, but using it for Ryan Reynold’s costume? Wow. Sure “Iron Man” did it, but that wasn’t your traditional, superhero, skin-tight outfit either. Should be interesting to see if they can pull this off.

    • I could see Hammond being under Parallax’s influence.
      Hammond, in the comics, is highly egotistical. He wants respect, power, etc. And these things can come by instilling fear.
      BUT underneath his narcissism he’s insecure. He actually idolizes Hal Jordan deeply, wishing to be him. To have the excitement, the respect, the women. And since insecurity is a form of fear (fear of being judged) that would give Parallax a way to influence him.

      But this is all assuming that the Parallax of the movie is anything like his comic counterpart and not just a generic space monster this could work quite well.

      • And on the sidelines, Sinestro starts to admire and somewhat worships the power of Parralax. Since Sinestro is the big megalomaniac as we was in the comics, he’ll want that power to bring all forces of the galaxy together under one roof under his control. And at the climax, he betrays the Lantern Corps to create his from some others that see the power of Parralax as he does to form THE SINESTRO CORPS.

        BOOM! Cut, print, check the gate, moving on!!

        • I like the way you’re thinking, but I’d rather have the seeds of harnessing the power of fear/yellow energy/Parallax planted in the first movie, then do Sinestro as a yellow ring wearing villain in the next movie.
          Even if it’s just a cliffhanger, that feels like it would be too much.

  12. No mention of Guardians. I kind of had a suspicion they would dump them.

  13. @Andrew like Vic commented they’re not shooting Green Lantern with the same Swing Cam/Fusion system Cameron unleashed on the world.

    This WILL BE “Clash Of The Titans”,3D!
    I wouldn’t support it,,,
    This 3D revolution is kinda comparable to the Dvd vs BluRay scam going on with older films that were never shot in HD coming out in BR. Its a knock off. A gimmick to get more of your cash.
    support 3D films today (even crappy ones), and your 2D alternatives will be gone tomorrow…

    Maybe not tomorrow but in about 10 years. 8-O

    • I hear ya on the older movies being released on BR, 790. I refuse to buy anything that wasn’t made in the last 5 years on Blu-Ray. Especially since my Blu-Ray player and/or TV will upconvert the DVD to near BR quality image anyway.

      That being said, Star Trek does look awesome in Blu-Ray. As I am sure Iron Man 2 will as well.

  14. I refuse to by any movie on blu Ray that was released in theaters before blu Ray was out. I only buy blu Ray for action films that were released on Blu Ray at the same time as DVD. I see no point in buying dramas or comedys in blu Ray. I don’t need to watch people talking or crying in ubber HD.

    I’m not a fan of 3d but I don’t hate it. I think it’s pointless and wouldn’t pay extra cash for it even if it was filmed in 3d I just don’t care about it. I don’t hate it though I wouldn’t boycott a film that’s 3d. I can see 790 outside the theaters now solo picketing and chanting “3d’ s not for me”

  15. Lol, Daniel, I just won’t see any 3D films or support the format in any way.
    I didn’t see Avatar in 3D. Looked great in 2D high def. and I didn’t have to wear glasses or pay 10 bucks extra.

    No I’ve learned long ago you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it believe what your telling it.

    My little comments here are about as far as my influence travels, if even then.

  16. I’m not a fan of 3d but if a movie I wanted to see came out in 3d only but for the same price as any other film I’d go watch it because I want to see it and even though visually I don’t like 3d it won’t hurt me in any an contary to what one website and 4 people think it won’t make me go buy a new car or a stood phone.

    I’m just pokin fun because u said u wouldn’t watch this film because it’s in 3d even though it will also be released in 2d just like clash of the Titans.

  17. On (subliminal tech) Daniel, you have to keep in mind that in the same way 3D has changed its the same with subliminal programming in movies.
    Camerons not selling cars, he’s selling an alternate realty. ^
    Much like a percentage of the global population that can’t be hypnotized its the same with a segment of the population that can be influenced by subliminal technology.

    Cameron totally knows this, and with the proof that was Avatar phenomenon he’s looking like a genius to the industry. Even NASA wants his 3D tech for the next “Mars Probe.” (Google it)
    Its totally obvious to me that a high percentage of filmgoers that watched Avatar in 3D, were clearly entranced and or captivated by the film. There were even reports of people sufferring from post Avatar depression, vision problems, persistent memories of the film, headaches, and one guy even had a stroke and died watching Avatar in 3D.

    Ironically none of these effects were encountered watching the 2D version of the film…
    If you don’t think using these techniques is a big deal, consider how this technology will be used when it comes to tv news reports and programming.

    If you can’t see the problem, with this 3D revolution then your blind. So to speak. :-)

    But hey who cares, enjoy the film, lifes good, Green Lantern yeah!!!!

  18. I am really looking forward to this film. The animated movie came out not to long ago. It completely rocked. Check it out if you haven’t already. Really good stuff. It is not that I think Ryan is bad choice for this part, but I really think he fits the part of Deadpool to an T. And a Deadpool movie would have been great. He has the witty come backs to play Hal Jordan but Hal’s humor and sassiness is a little mild. But whatever, hopefully this movie will be good. I am definitely there when it comes out.

  19. Wow …Parallax….that’s going from zero to light speed in the first film..I’m starting to get worried about plot development..with the number of characters they are introducing in this film this will be quite the feat..if done properly this film will be one of the greatest in the genre but if they fail in properly introducing these characters with the time needed to let the audience to get to know them then the poor execution will leave at as one of the worst.

  20. I don’t care for 3D. It’s just not for me. I liked the idea of a Green Lantern movie but with what I’ve read on the plot and all the CGI and ryan reynolds costume will be CGI WTF ? I think it’s gonna end up being another “Superman returns”. DC and WB are franticly trying to jump on the superhero band wagon that marvel has started rolling. I will see Captain America, Thor, Avengers, and probally anything else marvel can ccome up with. As long as Brian Singer stays away from the comicbook movies they should be fine.

  21. Bill the movie will also be out in 2d and the synopsis is good unless u never liked GL.

    Singer screwed up Superman but he gave us the great xfilms especially X2

  22. Why couldnt Green Latern have been black?? How many white superheroes do we have?? …. How many white superhere’s have we had that Ryan Reynolds has played????? And you all accept this?

    This is why fans are not taken seriously.

    • Are you actually upset that green lantern is not black? oh please.. who the hell gives a damn what skin color the freakin hero is? a fan doesnt care what color of the skin the hero is.. a douche does!

      • sucks that i cant edit my comment.. i didnt mean to come off so mean sorry..

        • John Stewart will make an appearance in the trilogy..not to worry..The main reason they went with the Jordan’s Lantern is because he is the most well known version and he has been the major focus of DC’s revival of Silver Age characters like Hal Jordan and Barry Allen..

  23. Hal Jordan (‘Ryan Reynolds’ ), acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by “the Ring”, the willpower-fed source of power, of the Green Lantern Intergalactic Corps.