While Fast Five offered an early start to the 2011 summer movie season, the actual beginning of box office mayhem happens in just a few days as Thor storms into North American theaters. With big movies come big trailers for more big movies, and Thor is no different, offering the first theatrical look at the second official Green Lantern trailer.

After a disappointing and cartoonish first trailer, Green Lantern wowed audiences with revamped footage at WonderCon, thanks to having more time to work on the digital effects. Warner Bros. had delayed the second Green Lantern trailer until today due to production related to the CGI and 3D effects, and will play it alongside Thor to win over mainstream audiences this weekend.

Focusing less on the comedy bits and more on the dark themes of the story, the new Green Lantern trailer gives us a reason to get behind Hal Jordan on his epic journey of heroism. And let’s not forget the fantastic visuals which DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are ensuring is top notch, even going so far as throwing an additional $9 million on top of an already expensive production into last-minute effects to polish the film.

Many of the scenes we’ve seen before through the incredible WonderCon footage and the recent extended TV trailer, but there is new footage to be had for the eager fans who’ve been following along.

This latest trailer offers a little more focus on Hal Jordan being the first and only human recruited into to the Green Lantern Corps and the responsibility he’s burdened with in protecting Earth. We get our first scene of Kilowog speaking, courtesy of the powerful voice of Michael Clarke Duncan and eager Green Lantern fans will be happy to see a few more constructs, including a flame thrower and swords.

The biggest callouts from the footage are seeing Hal Jordan meeting with a member of the Guardians of the Universe (Oans) and the screentime allocated to Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) and his transformation after seemingly being possessed by Parallax.

Writers Greg Berlanti. Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg are sure tackling a lot of of content from the books with this film, but so far it looks as if they’ve pieced it together rather well for a two hour film adaptation.

How does Green Lantern compare to the comic book competition this summer?

Green Lantern is directed by Martin Campbell and stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison, Geoffrey Rush, Tim Robbins, Michael Clarke Duncan and Angela Bassett. The film’s tie-in video game, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, releases June 7th.

Green Lantern hits 2D and 3D theaters on June 17, 2011.

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Source: Yahoo