‘Green Lantern’ WonderCon Trailer and Panel

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:09 pm,

green lantern movie reception Green Lantern WonderCon Trailer and Panel

The popular DC comics character, Green Lantern, will be featured for the first time in a live-action film this summer under the direction of Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).

Ryan Reynolds, who stars as the title character, is at WonderCon in San Francisco today with his co-star Blake Lively (Carol Ferris), and DC’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns for a panel discussion – followed by select press interviews.

We were there to attend the panel and speak with the stars, and have created a video breakdown with our friend Eric Eisenberg from Cinema Blend on all things Green Lantern.

But first — take a look at the abridged version of the WonderCon Green Lantern footage!

(Head over to Apple.com for uber-HD versions)

As you can see from the opening in this trailer, the CGI for Mark Strong’s Sinestro is phenomenal, it seamlessly blends actor and character; though, this rousing speech came at the end of the full sequence that we were shown. The full scene included the introduction to Parallax (mostly effective here as the embodiment of fear) and his defeat of Abin-Sur, Hal Jordan’s acceptance of the ring, his journey to Oa and the inception of his training with Tomar-Re (the first footage of Geoffrey Rush’s voice work), which is perfectly suited to the role.

As we discuss in the panel wrap-up below, the look of the footage is a vast improvement over the original trailer that was released. Warner Bros. has made the necessary adjustments, and the suit on Hal Jordan is one that most fans will likely be able to get behind (thought the mask still needs a bit of tweaking). The tone of the film, as seen thus far, is grounded yet inspirational as well as exhilarating, and entertaining – while maintaining a sense of the consequences and responsibility involved in becoming a member of the Corps. The focus here is on Jordan becoming a Lantern and beginning to learn who and what they represent. We look forward to seeing more footage of his time and relationships on Earth in the near future, and hope that it’s as exciting as what we see have seen here.

As to the panel itself, and a recap of the footage we were shown check out the video of our breakdown below:

Highlights from the event included:

- As mentioned, several minutes of footage establishing Hal Jordan’s introduction to, and relationship with, the Green Lantern Corps – including a preview of Geoffrey Rush voicing Tomar-Re (in short — it works). The tone of the footage was lighter than The Dark Knight certainly but not without some sense of the  situation’s weight. Warner Bros. brought footage geared towards the fans of Green Lantern and the crowd was enthusiastic about what they were shown. There was a deafening roar when Hal was able to make the oath (after a moment of stumbling with “I pledge allegiance to this lantern, that was given to me by a dying purple alien”) – and Sinestro’s speech to the Corps at the close of the clips inspired an equal amount of excitement.

- Reynolds responded to a fan making reference to Deadpool as a villain by saying “he’s not a villain, he’s just an a**hole.” He also elaborated on a potential Deadpool spin-off: “There are so many unknowns,” and though he had a lot of fun playing Deadpool, “there was a lot I would have done differently, and if I ever do get to do it, we are going to do it the right way. A hard R [rating].”

- Geoff Johns confirmed that a Justice League movie is in development (as we know), though Reynolds has not yet been approached to be a part of the film.

- When an audience member asked what Green Lantern had to offer in a field full of comic-book films, Reynolds responded: “Does it seem like this crowd is being bombarded by superhero movies? Do you think they’re waiting for ‘Black Swan 2?’”

- Reynolds also indicated that he feels Bradley Cooper would make a good Flash.

- Blake Lively mentioned that she would be exited to see Star Sapphire come to life – but would like to see her wear a “few more scraps of material.”

- Last, but certainly not least, a much improved CGI costume for Reynolds – sans a few lingering issues with the mask. When asked about his thoughts on the costume Reynolds replied that he had “argued for straight up fish-net, but the suit is pure energy, so CGI is the only option.” Warner Bros. recently apologized for the first Green Lantern trailer and have waited to release another official look at the film until they are happy with the effects – so expect next GL trailer to screen in front of Thor on May 6th.

Take a look at the newly released poster for the film below to get an early sense of what the costume adjustments look like.

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As we summarized at the close of the video, the general consensus is, it’s safe to get excited about Green Lantern again.

Green Lantern comes to theaters on June 17th, 2011.

The cast includes: Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern; Blake Lively as Carol Ferris; Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond; Mark Strong as Sinestro.

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  1. this movie is going to kick big time butt

  2. After seeing this footage, I feel like Green Lantern is the one of the big four superhero movies this summer (Cap, Thor, and X-Men being the others) that really must be seen in the theaters. This is a big sweeping space opera that I think could pull in Star Trek (2009) or Iron Man type numbers at the box office if for no other reason than the fact that it looks so different from the other superhero movies this summer.

    CGI, big improvement. This thing looks absolutely great. I know a lot of people patrolling the internet aren’t a fan of the comedy that both trailers have shown. To be honest, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it; I’m actually a fan of it. If I recall correctly, a lot of people (see: $585 million worldwide) didn’t mind the comedic elements in Iron Man. And from my perspective, this movie is going to be more serious in overall tone. My advice to these detractors would be to sit back, relax, have a laugh and enjoy the ride.

  3. After watching Mark Strong, he is the only thing that makes me want to see this movie. I’m sure Mark Strong will be the highlight of this movie. Other than that, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are still mis-casts. The mask still doesn’t make sense being that it in no way hides his identity unless it makes people unable to see the rest of his face. One thing that RR said that was right was that Bradley Cooper would make a GREAT Flash. Hopefully each next Green Lantern sequel will be based on Jon Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and Guy Gardner.

    • I vote Chris Pine for Kyle Rayner!

      • I voted for Chris as Hal Jordan. His Kirk would have made an excellent Jordan. This movie still looks amazing- but Reynolds should have been the Flash.

  4. After watching the new badass Green Lantern footage. That there is my #1 movie to see over the summer. X-Men has become boring and predictable. Cap looks like it will be bad quality. It looks like I will go see Thor now, just because the new Green Lantern 3D trailer will be attached with Thor.

    Looks like I found a reason to watch the Thor movie.

  5. This may be ok but Ryan Reynolds is such a horrible actor, and how he ever got famous I will never know. Hopefully he will not ruin this movie.

    • omg he IS a horrible actor!

      but i’m such a DC fan that i hope he doenst mess this one up! I’m so looking forward to this movie man.

    • Well, I don’t know if he has a lot of versatility. But he’s certainly not worthless- he has decent comedic timing- making him great for comedic roles. So, I still wish they went with Chris Pine. I love how this movie LOOKS, but I’ll reserve judgment till I see it-.

  6. Why is Rocky dennis in this?

  7. Ok after seeing this trailer I’m more interested in seeing The Green Lantern. Although some of the effects still look too animated and not real enough it looks like it might actually become a hit. Who knows!

  8. After watching this I think I will go see it. The space shots and special effects look like great fun. I’m just still not convinced of the acting. so unless the critics think this is terrible, the trailer has convinced me to go see it.

    • Since when do critics know anything about what is good or bad?

      • Robb S.,

        Since when do fanboys know when anything is good or bad?

        Sorry, couldn’t resist. :-P


  9. with the advent of so many comic to movie transitions… many of which have flopped (in the eyes of the fans).

    however much a fan I am, it’s hard to believe that maybe this film will be as true to the comic as any other… decades of storyline and it’s going to jump straight to 3D? will it stop me from going to watch it? of course not… but I don’t think I’m going to be waiting around on opening day… I say give it a week and see what the real fans say about it….

    I’m hoping this movie will have depth and not just on the z-plane axis….

  10. I am glad that Hector Hammond and Parallax will be in this movie and I like how Parallax is a big sweeping monster. Parallax has a lot to do with the GL history and so does Hammond. I’m eager to see how this ends and where the sequels go.

  11. I was really surprised at how much I liked this. The 1st trailer had me thinking this was going to be terrible. But now I am starting to get excited…

  12. What’s not to get? The New Trailer looks awesome and I have high hopes for the movie! Can’t wait!!

  13. I saw the movie and I thought it was underwhelming. Way too much CGI effects and Ryan Reynolds is better in a more basic comedic role.