Do you remember movies before the idea of cinematic universes? It seems crazy to think there used to be a time when movies were released and existed in their own self-contained world that did not overlap with other franchises. Those were the days which we definitely can’t really go back to. As much as I love what Marvel Studios has done to recreate the fictional domain of their comic books source material, it also means we have less chances to see films that push in their own directions without needing to pay service to the bigger picture. There was a time not too long ago when Superman and Batman were the sole comic book franchises that Warner Brothers had going for them and then came Green Lantern.
Before Marvel launched their cinematic universe output based on their comics including Fantastic Four, Spider Man, X-Men, Daredevil and others, they existed as stand-alone movies which focused entirely on various superhero characters that had only become adaptable to film in the 21st century, Thanks to the technological advances and special effects. Once Disney combined all of these characters to the superhero genre it became more manageable for executives to highlight, but this is all Marvel. While on the other hand DC did not have any cinematic universe aside from Homage and Superman Returns which continued the original authenticity of Dark Knight Trilogy which definitely had a finite ending. This was all until DC hit the box office with its amazing launch of Man of Steel in 2013 but everyone seems to forget the movie which was released two years back in 2011 named Green Lantern. And now that I’ve mentioned Green Lantern multiple times, let’s shed some light on the movie…
The entire character of the imaginative Green Lantern was not the character based out in the real universe. This is a guy recruited by a cosmic police force to wave a ring that can create anything, whatever he can think of. His teammates are not some humans in fact they are some weird looking fish-like aliens straight out of the comic page. This is a movie which revolves around a fighter pilot who is introduced to things beyond space. Co-written by Berlanti with Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, Green Lantern was inspired by the comics arcs by Denny O’Neil, Neil Adams, Dave Gibbons and Geoff Johns; with a ton of characters straight put forward from the comic itself Warner Bros. needed a talented filmmaker, Martin Campbell turned out to be that.
All the cinematic visuals and sounds are quite amazing throughout the movie and will be able to give you the genre of aliens. Critics felt the use of Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) was excessive while the fans thought that to make Hal Jordan’s (Ryan Reynolds) suit created by CGI was a right move as it gave the outfit a much more of an alien feel. Good looks of Ryan Reynolds along with his damn good sense of comedic timing, created a character which was suited to be a superhero of the movie. Ryan’s dialogue delivery is just perfect to portray a character which was a cocky human before he turned into a savior for the people of this world. Not until Deadpool was the world ready to accept Reynolds as a superhero but it was Green Lantern that proved it. With Peter Sarsgaard playing Hector Hammond is a well-conceived villain with a hidden ambition who becomes something inhuman in the movie coupled with Parallax which is an animated ugly monster. Marc Strong as Sinestro who is yet another alien although looks a little human with his thin mustache shows no one else could have played this role better than him and any fan of the comics knows that he is on his way to becoming one of the biggest villains in this franchise. Sinestro is the mentor cum leader of the Lanterns who questions Hal Jordan’s will power at first but later feels proud of Abin Sur’s choice.
Even though Blake Lively is not playing the main character in this superhero movie, she is definitely great to look at. Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) is the object of Hal Jordan’s affection. The couple in real life are married as well, one of the most beautiful couples in Hollywood I must say.
Yet another character which is not much spoken of is Thomas Kalmaku played by Taika Waititi. In the original DC comic, Thomas was introduced in volume 2 of Green Lantern series. He is a young technician at Ferris Aircraft which is also referred to as aerospace engineer. He is also the employer of test pilot Hal Jordan. Taika Waititi is playing the role of a smart, capable, tech geek best friend of Hal Jordan who believes in his best friend no matter what happens. Hal Jordan turns up to his best friend Thomas whenever there is any kind of tricky situation. In one scene in the movie when Hal Jordan is showing his best friend the new found powers, Thomas is seen to be hyping Hal up and is really excited for his friend.
Apart from acting, Taika Waititi is known for his profession as a television and film director, producer, screenwriter and comedian. He is based in New Zealand and has done some award winning, heart throbbing films in his domain. After DC, he is seen in Marvel movies.
After a decade Green Lantern is coming back with the DC Extended Universe and the creator and director of this Justice League sequel, Zack Snyder also recently revealed that actor Wayne T. Carr will be playing as John Stewart aka Green Lantern. Zack believes that Wayne is an excellent choice for this role and shooting of a scene is already done with him in a driveway.
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