Yesterday, DC Comics announced a seismic, unprecedented development for their company – at the end of August, the entirety of the DC Universe will be rebooted with younger, redesigned characters, starting with The Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.
Meanwhile, Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern hits theaters later this month and the animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is being released next week. Needless to say, it’s an interesting time to be a DC fan. Speaking of Emerald Knights, today we have a new video clip, images, and a Q&A with star Nathan Fillion.
For those who don't know, Emerald Knights is a DC Universe animated feature about the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. The format is that of an over-arching story broken up into several shorter segments, each chronicling a different story from the Green Lantern Corps mythos. The film fills in a lot of minute details - including who is who in the Corps and how the power rings work - and is basically a great introduction to Green Lantern and his universe for those who are just discovering the character via the movie.
The visual quality of the animation isn’t bad, but the animation itself seems pretty stilted. In the single clip below, the characters – Hal Jordan, Sinestro, and so forth – hardly move except to talk. Hopefully, there’s more fluid animation throughout the film, because the clip definitely didn’t sell us on the overall product.
Check out the video clip below:
Check out the images below, courtesy of Warner Bros.:
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Lastly, we’ve included the more relevant and interesting sections of the Q&A with Nathan Fillion provided by Warner Bros.
On whether or not Fillion played make-believe as Green Lantern as a child:
“As a child, when you're pretending you're different super heroes, Green Lantern was the easiest because all you needed to light the fire in the imagination was the ring. Superman, you need a cape; Spiderman, you need a full face mask. That wasn’t tough to come by in a winter town like where I’m from, but they’re just too hot to wear in the summer. So to be Green Lantern, all you needed to do is suck a lifesaver down to the right size, and to make sure it's a lime one – slip it on your finger, and you were good.”
On what appealed to Fillion most about Green Lantern:
“As a kid, what I liked about Green Lantern was that he could do anything – anything you could think of. It's like ‘Wow, all I need is a giant mallet, or a catapult circa 1200s,’ and suddenly he had it. I just thought that would be pretty cool to have anything you could kind of imagine. Imagination was always a big thing for me.”
On how he fit voice-acting for Green Lantern: Emerald Knights into his busy schedule filming Castle:
“I take the time to [voice characters in DCU films] exactly for the reason that it's fun. I get a call saying ‘Hey, how would you like to come on down to record Green Lantern?’ And I’m asking back, ‘Can we squeeze it in on a Sunday because that's pretty much my only day off?’ I want to make it work because I love doing it. More than that, I love being part of this lore. These are great characters – you’ve got Green Lantern, you have Superman, you have Batman, you have the Flash, all these wonderful pieces of American pop culture. And now I've got a little piece. I can say, ‘Oh yeah, I was Green Lantern for a DVD movie.’ Not a lot of people can say that. ‘Oh, Steve Trevor? Funny you should mention him.” [Laughter.] It may sound silly, but it means something to me.”
Not unlike Uncharted’s Nathan Drake, Nathan Fillion was the preferred choice of many fans to play Hal Jordan before Ryan Reynolds was cast in the film – which is probably one of the reasons Fillion was hired to voice the character in Emerald Knights. Frankly, he seems more suited to the animated role than the live-action one, because A) he’s too old for a young Hal Jordan, B) he’s too busy with the incredibly popular Castle, and C) he’s a bit too robust to play a superhero with a skin-tight "costume." Obviously, that last issue can easily be resolved with a month or two of training, but the other two? Not so much.
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights hits shelves June 7th, 2011. Be on the lookout for our official review soon.