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Random: Green Lantern Approaches! 
17th-Nov-2010 01:10 am
Alex Ross/World's Finest
After another long night of class prep for my Catholicism and Jesus Christ courses, I discover that the first trailer for the Green Lantern film is online. Maybe it's because I'm tired, but I can't tell right now whether I think this looks like fun sci-fi/superhero adventure blockbuster, or schmaltz. But Michael Green was one of the writers, so I guess I have to have faith.

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17th-Nov-2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean. I thought it was interesting that the trailer seemed to be more influenced by Marvel's recent movies than the more straight-laced DC stuff... Although that's not a bad thing.
18th-Nov-2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh, I entirely agree: formula/tone-wise, this seems to be trying to tap into the balance achieved in the Iron Man franchise, as opposed to, say, The Dark Knight. (As if it had to be either/or.) It remains closer to the action/comedy formula or balance achieved by Die Hard and which came to dominate the action genre after that film's release.

But it's certainly not the more taciturn Hal Jordan I'm more familiar with. If I had to look at anything in established canon (or formerly-established canon), I might say that this reaches back to the Emerald Dawn take on Hal, where those qualities that have the potential to make him into the most potent of the Green Lantern Corps, are causing him to screw up his life, because he had yet to find the right outlet or avenue for his gifts. If this indeed does go out into the three films currently being planned, it would be interesting to see if Hal does indeed evolve in that direction of the devil-may-care test pilot tempered by the can-do attitude of a man used to success and determined to be successful again in his work as a Lantern.
18th-Nov-2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Actually, after another watch-through just now, I really wonder how much of the character or impact of this trailer might have been made more epic by choosing to go with an orchestra soundtrack over the rock one. Or mixing them, at least, with the "space opera" stuff going orchestra after the "test pilot" rock portion.
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