Green Lantern: SDCC Preview

Posted by Grey Tuesday, July 27, 2010

This is old news for the fanboys, but for those who don't follow the geeky news intensely...well, here goes the unveiling of Ryan Reynolds as ...Green Lantern, along with the latest updates on the movie, including four nifty character posters of the film!

An expected move by most medias, that Warner Bros. will be unveiling images from the upcoming DC superhero film, Green Lantern, during the San Diego Comic-Con week. But perhaps making the unveiling in a magazine, especially a magazine like Entertainment Weekly, still seemed like a weird decision by most. Anyway, thanks to iFanboy, who painstakingly posted scanned images from the EW article, let's take a peek at some of the images released.

Voila, the cover.

And a closer look at the patchy domino mask.

Ryan Raynolds as Hal Jordan.

The hero gets the babe. In this case, it's Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively as Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris.

Hector Hammond, the purported main antagonist of the film, before he got all big-headed. Literally. Played by Peter Sarsgaard who recently slaved through Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz's "Knight And Day".

Tim Robbins as Senator Robert Hammond, the disapproving father of Hector, (Senator Hammond), and Angela Bassett as Dr. Amanda Waller, a familiar character for the DCU fans. And poor old big-headed Hector lying right there.

Hector Hammond, the villain with such a funny real name that he doesn't need any aliases to carry out his villainous routine, in a bunker with the corpse of Abin Sur.

Abin Sur himself.

A pity we don't get to have a sneak peek at Mark Strong's Sinestro, a character that is likely to go the "Two-Face" route, building up for a likely sequel. As for the chances of a sequel, well, Green Lantern is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2011, going head-to-head with a part of the Marvel cinematic juggernaut, Captain America: The First Avenger, to be released on July 22, 2011> Not to mentioned Thor, set to be released on May 6, 2011.

What gives? The ultimate DC vs. Marvel war is on next year, as comic fans all over the world are bound to be sent into superheroic overdrive. Or an overdose that might kill the genre altogether. Both DC and Marvel have already crossed swords at the recent San Diego Comic-Con when they promote their respective films with Marvel coming on top with their obviously superior star power (Interestingly, Ryan Reynolds's wife, Scarlett Johansson also attended SSDC to promote Marvel's mega-superhero film, Avengers, as Black Widow. So does the couple came to the event together or shielded by rivaling comic giants?). You might want to check out more details from the film via Collider's coverage on the panel.

In the meantime, IGN has exclusively unveiled the official character posters of the film from the SDCC event. Check them out for a glimpse of our favorite Purple villain (no, not Marvel's Purple Man, despite Bendis's bast effort).

In the meantime, an official synopsis of the film were made available online recently. So for those unfamiliar with Green Lantern, here goes:

'Bringing the enduringly popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, under the direction of Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”).

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Campbell directs “Green Lantern” from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.

The film also stars Blake Lively (upcoming “The Town,” TV’s “Gossip Girl”) as the spirited Carol Ferris, a test pilot and the heir apparent to her father’s aviation company; Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education,” “Flightplan”) as scientist Dr. Hector Hammond; Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) as Sinestro, Jordan’s powerful mentor in the Green Lantern Corps; Jay O. Sanders (“Revolutionary Road”) as Carl Ferris, Carol’s aircraft designer dad; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars” Episodes II and III) as Abin Sur, Jordan’s alien predecessor; Taika Waititi (TV’s “The Flight of the Conchords”) as flight navigator Tom Kalmaku, Hal’s good friend and confidante; Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as enigmatic government scientist Amanda Waller; and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as Hector’s influential father, Senator Robert Hammond.

The film is being produced by Donald De Line (“The Italian Job”) and Greg Berlanti (upcoming “Life As We Know It”). Herbert W. Gains and Andrew Haas serve as executive producers. Geoff Johns and Lucienne Papon are co-producing.

The film’s behind-the-scenes creative team is led by a number of Academy Award® winners, including director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), and costume designer Ngila Dickson (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), as well as Oscar®-nominated editor and longtime Campbell collaborator, Stuart Baird (“Gorillas in the Mist,” “Superman”). The film’s visual effects are being overseen by Oscar®-nominee Kent Houston (“The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen,” “Casino Royale”).

The film is currently scheduled for release in 3D and 2D on June 17, 2011. “Green Lantern” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. '

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