Even as excitement for another comic book superhero movie (next week's X-Men: First Class) reaches its fever pitch, anticipation for Green Lantern is still steadily on the rise. Several mouth-watering Lantern goodies have been unleashed recently to further heighten interest in the film, including numerous television spots and a pretty epic 3D theatrical trailer.
The first clip from Green Lantern was unveiled the other night, and it offered fans an early look at the initial encounter between Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) and everyone's favorite Green Lantern Corps instructor/drill sergeant, Kilowog (voice of Michael Clarke Duncan).
Here is our own Ben Moore's fitting description of the pig-faced Kilowog:
Despite being physically imposing and utterly unattractive, Kilowog is best known for his heart of gold and tendency to use the word “poozer” as an endearing insult. Basically, he’s the Julia Roberts character in 'Pretty Woman' combined with Lenny from 'Of Mice and Men'. And they say comic books can’t be literature…
Duncan certainly has the appropriate vocals to "play" the hulking Lantern warrior (who is being brought to life via some stellar CGI work) - but how will his "tough love" approach to teaching and in-your-face manner be handled in the Green Lantern movie?
Find out by watching the video of Duncan's appearance on G4's Attack of the Show (which includes the first Green Lantern clip) below:
While Jordan and Kilowog don't look to butt heads quite as violently during their first encounter in the Green Lantern movie as they did in comic book form (especially compared to Geoff Johns' "Green Lantern: Secret Origin"), their first scene together seems to strike the right tone, in terms of establishing their relationship. Duncan's rumbling vocals also sound like a good enough match for Kilowog - though he might not be considered the definitive voice for the character (that honor has long been held by Dennis Haysbert). There's also the question of Duncan's line delivery - Kilowog, an alien, shouldn't be using any Earth slang when he speaks.
For more Green Lantern goodness - which includes another brief look at the first meeting between Kilowog, Jordan, and Sinestro (Mark Strong) - check out the latest action-packed TV spot released for the film below:
If nothing else, Green Lantern will undoubtedly be a visual treat; between the eye-catching imagery and shiny effects-driven action, the film very much has its own unique flavor. Reynold's Lantern costume has been much improved in quality since the first images were released last year - and while it remains to be seen if the actor can really pull off the more serious Jordan character, he'll certainly look good while trying (quibbles about his mask aside).
Green Lantern will arrive in theaters next month on June 17th.
Source G4 (via Blog of Oa)
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