The Green Lantern Movie Review

I never thought in a million years that I would get to see a live action Green Lantern movie. Of all of the members of the Justice League, he was the one character that seemed to be the least familiar and the hardest to develop into a stand-alone film. Add to that the fact that pretty much all of the Green Lantern’s powers come out of the ring meaning that the special effects would have to be such that they are believable and that most of the film would be using a ton of effects. Luckily the technology is now available to make this a reality and therefore we now have Green Lantern in his own film. My hope is that this might lead to additional individual films for each member of the Justice League leading up to a Justice League movie, just like Marvel has done with the members of the Avengers leading up to the Avengers movie due out next year. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for that, but in the meantime lets discuss their current effort of Green Lantern.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Green Lantern, he is a member of a larger group called the Green Lantern Corps. They are an organization created by the Guardians of the Universe that patrol the entire galaxy to maintain balance and uphold justice throughout the universe. Each Green Lantern is proved a special ring that allows the Lantern to create anything they can imagine. You see, the ring is powered by willpower and the things it constructs are only as powerful as the willpower of the Lantern using it. This film deals primarily with the first human Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, and also gives us a great introduction to the Green Lantern Corps, the Guardians, and their worst enemy Parallax.

For the most part, I was quite pleased by the story they told about the origin of Earth’s first Green Lantern. The casting of Ryan Reynolds was just about perfect, however the actor who stole the show for me was Mark Strong as Sinestro. I can’t think of anyone else that could have come close to his performance. If only they had made him the villain of the film, however I hope that this one does well enough to warrant a sequel. In fact, the best parts of the entire film were those dealing with the Corps as a whole and all of the scenes filmed on the Lantern home world of Oa. If only they had kept the scenes involving Hal finding Abin Sur and his wrecked space craft and Hal finally accepting the ring, but when he travels to Oa to begin his training and learning about the Corps, the action should have remained there to have Hal and the entire corps battling Parallax then have Hal come back to Earth as it’s protector. I just wasn’t as impressed by the after Hal comes back from Oa when he decides that he doesn’t want to accept the responsibility of becoming the Green Lantern. They could have just as easily created an origin story that took place on Oa and was only on Earth for the beginning and ending of the film. That being said, I was still incredibly impressed by what they did manage to put together and the overall story that they told. This was a good introduction to this amazing character but it is just the tip of the iceberg as to everything the Green Lantern can do and how essential he is to the safety of Earth and the Galaxy he helps to protect.

If you are any fan of Superman or Batman, you should go and check out this film. Keep in mind that Green Lantern is one of the seven founding members of the Justice League that includes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. I can’t tell you how much I hope and pray that we will not only get to see individual films for each of these characters, but also see them joined together in a Justice League movie. Give this film a chance, despite any bad reviews you might have seen, and immerse yourself in this incredible world. If this film doesn’t do well, our chances of seeing more of these characters in their own films will vanish before they are even given the chance.

J.Chandler: B

The Best Green Costumes For This Halloween

Are you looking for an ultra unique color scheme for your costume this Halloween? You might want to consider getting out in green. Green costumes not only stand out in photos and make you look easy on the eyes, they will also most likely win you the favor of environmentalists.

If you’re thinking that a green costume looks like something out of a Batman movie, channeling The Riddler or Poison Ivy, you’ll be delighted to know that your costume choices aren’t really that limited to body hugging garb. Your green Halloween look can also be wholesome, even adorable.

Green Lantern Costume

The best thing about the Justice League is that if you’re a fan, your costume choices in terms of color are varied. Red is The Flash, blue is Superman, and, of course, green is the Green Lantern. This costume looks great in both boys and girls, so anybody can wear it.

Green Goblin Costumes

Green costumes for Halloween can also be scary, if you don’t want to deviate from the spookfest that comes with the occasion. You can come as a green goblin! You can choose between an actual green little monster or the Spider-Man villain.

Green Army Man Costume

Guys and girls alike can go crisp and masculine with a green army man costume. Imagine moving from house to house trick or treating and commanding army-level attention from fellow trick or treaters. Go general!

Green M&M Costume

Who doesn’t love those round and cute M&M characters? You can add the cutesy factor to your Halloween look by coming in as an M&M. This type of costume can be a little tricky to prepare as it requires a full costume especially prepared for the occasion.

In short, you can’t just use whatever you have in your closet and create a combination that would make a great look. You can rest assured, though, that this is probably one of the most attractive of green costumes around. It will surely make you one of the most huggable characters of the night.

Green Power Ranger Costume

Another striking superhero costume is the power ranger — and like the Justice League, their color scheme is varied enough to give you wide range of choice. This costume is also great for both boys and girls. Practice your karate poses in front of the mirror to complete your look and become star of the night!

Halloween parties are all about interesting variety and there is absolutely no doubt that green costumes will make you look different from the crowd. Dressing up for this occasion is all about standing out and being noticed. Now don your look and go get that best in costume prize! Have fun!

Graphic Novel Review: DC Comics Green Lantern Re-Birth

LOOKBACK:
Hal Jordan was the Green Lantern of Earth and the entire Sector 2814. His hometown of Coast City was destroyed and it residents killed due to the evil schemes of the alien Mongul. In an attempt to bring back the his hometown and its residents, Hal abused his power as a Green Lantern and turned evil. He then took the name Parallax and attempted to re-create the Universe according to his liking. But he sacrificed his life in order to save Earth and went on to roam the face of Earth as part of the vengeance seeking entity known as the Spectre.

SYNOPSIS:
On his journey from the outer edges of the Universe, current Green Lantern Kyle Rayner discovered something about the entity of fear known as Parallax, a name which was once held by his predecessor Hal Jordan. With this information, he travels back to Earth. Meanwhile, Hal Jordan tries to experience the life he once has despite the struggle of having the Spectre having a control over him. Aside from that, his evil personality as Parallax also tries to have an influence over them. Hints of Hal’s re-appearance sends the Justice League in an alert, still recollecting of the dangers he had possessed when he turned evil. As Kyle sets foot back on Earth, it sends off a strange manipulation on the Green Lanterns in Earth: Kilowog, John, Stewart, and Guy Gardner until Ganthet released them from their control. Later on the real Parallax, the entity of fear, made its existence known to the combined forces of the Justice League, Justice Society of America, and the rest of Earth’s superheroes. It is now up to the Guardian Ganthet, and Green Lanterns Kilowog, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and the returning Hal Jordan to use all the willpower that they have and overcome fear and have the light of Green burn even brighter.

REVIEW:
The entire story was about the return of Hal Jordan into the super hero character that he was more known as. The story also explained other details in the Green Lantern mythology, specifically, about the entity of fear known as Parallax. For me, the inclusion of DC’s great superheroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman into the story added impact in the bearing of the event. Also the resurface of an old villain Sinestro was something good as he was most known as the anti-thesis to Hal Jordan’s super hero status. Not to overlook was the great art that made reading the book much more enjoyable.

IMPORTANCE:
A good story that had a big impact in the DC Universe timeline, specifically into the Green Lantern Corps. Hal Jordan’s character shift from good to evil and his absence from having a super hero status, for me, was a sad event in comic history. Hal, to me, belongs in the same league as Bruce Wayne being Batman, Clark Kent being Superman, and Barry Allen being the Flash. Even though Kyle Rayner took on and kept the Green Light shining, Hal as a superhero was something that should have never ended before. Though it was always good to have something changed in order to entice the interest of readers, referring to his transformation from hero to villain, Hal Jordan’s comeback as a Green Lantern is really something great.