Green Lantern and X-Men: First Class have a lot in common. For one thing, both films are ranked among the summer's most anticipated superhero movies, even though each of them faced early criticism from fanboys (Green Lantern for unfinished CGI, X-Men for continuity issues).
While Green Lantern doesn't come out for another couple of weeks (June 17th), X-Men: First Class has been received well by critics (check out our First Class review). Will Green Lantern find the same success?
For fun, resident YouTube genius ItsJustSomeRandomGuy put the two franchises side by side for another edition of his hilarious "I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC" video series.
In this video, Green Lantern and Magneto square off against one another, trading barbs on everything from Green Lantern being "Van Wilder in Space" to X-Men: First Class butchering traditional Marvel continuity.
Check out the video below.
I think my favorite part of the video is when Green Lantern starts hassling Magneto about the film's interpretation of the "original" X-Men team. Among comic book fans, continuity errors rank among the most egregious of all mistakes.
Of course, X-Men: First Class is good enough on its own that these concerns are unmerited, but the way that the video perfectly captures fanboy rage is pretty humorous. Professor X pulling a Jedi mind trick on Green Lantern is also a pretty good gag - as is the appearance of Mystique at the very end of the video.
On the Green Lantern side, I loved hearing Magneto criticize Green Lantern's wonky looking mask ("Will ILM be finished with that by the time the Blu-ray comes out?) and, as mentioned, the "Van Wilder in space" line is another killer.
Obviously, these videos are made with a lot of love for the comic book fan community - which is one of the reasons they're so consistently popular. That being said, I always admire it when fanboys can laugh at themselves and their obsession. It's so easy to get caught up in quibbling over minor issues, but the real things we should debate are the quality of the films themselves.
With that in mind, who else would you like to see square off in the next edition of "I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC"?