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In Brightest Day

Bob Chipman | 26 Nov 2010 12:00
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The trailer for The Green Lantern - the opening salvo of a renewed effort (read: "Crap! Harry Potter is over! We need a new yearly cash cow!) by Warner Bros. Pictures to make DC Comics superheroes other than Batman viable on the big screen - debuted in U.S. theaters last week in front of most showings of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

After a pre-release buildup marked by a disastrously-received Entertainment Weekly cover and a famously lackluster Comic-Con panel, the actual trailer now has plenty of Green Lantern fans feeling cautiously optimistic, and plenty more people who were previously unfamiliar with Green Lantern asking, "What the hell was that?"

Are you somewhere near that second group? Never fear - MovieBob is here! Let's go over it together, shall we? First, watch the trailer.

Okay, here we go beat-by-beat:

0:00 - 0:15 Ryan Reynolds' character is Hal Jordan, the original modern-day (aka "Silver Age") Green Lantern, but technically the second DC Universe hero to bear the title (it's complicated). In the comics, Hal is a no-nonsense ex-military test pilot modeled on the legendary Chuck Yeager, so expect more than a few longtime fans to recoil at his presentation here as a "Maverick" Mitchell-style reckless hotshot. Many will also note that despite having Jordan's name and origin, Reynolds' look and demeanor are closer to that of Kyle Rayner, the 4th Green Lantern.

0:17 Most eyes are, understandably, on Hal's nifty car, but for fans the important thing is the sign above the gate: Ferris Aircraft. That's the name of Hal's employers, and the first clue at what this is actually a trailer for - it's the equivalent of seeing the Daily Planet globe in a Superman trailer.

0:18 - 0:27 Blake Lively as Carol Ferris. As the name suggests, she is (in most versions) the daughter of Hal's boss and also his primary love interest. In the comics, Carol eventually becomes Star Sapphire, one of GL's primary enemies. Blake Lively looking like this? Sold!

0:28 - 0:40 Plane-flying action. It looks like Carol is also a pilot in this version, and you can see what looks very much like a star-sapphire logo (see above) on her helmet. Foreshadowing?

0:46 That'll most likely be the Green Lantern ring flying to meet Hal. That sentence will make sense in a moment.

0:50 - 0:57 "Plane crash? I'd better investig ... Oh, snaps! An alien?" Pink-faced spaceman is Temura "Jango Fett" Morrison as Abin Sur, the soon-to-be former Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814.

Okay, here's what's going on: The Green Lantern Corps are an intergalactic police force, operating out of Planet OA under leadership of The Guardians (think Yoda crossed with Papa Smurf). Their primary tool is a ring that can create "hard-light constructs" of special green energy in the shape of whatever the wearer can imagine. Every sector of space gets at least one Lantern to watch over it; Abin Sur's jurisdiction (2814) includes Earth, and somebody just punched his ticket - so his ring's built-in security protocol has zapped it off to find the nearest worthy replacement. Guess who?

1:05 - 1:10 I have no idea what that structure is supposed to be, but we're probably looking at part of Oa - maybe the main Temple of the Guardians or the central Power Battery from where the Green Lantern rings draw their power. Dig the driving synth/metal-riff on the score here, evocative of both the first Watchmen trailer and also Inception and Tron: Legacy's now-famous BWAAAAAAAAAHHHMMMM refrain.

1:14 Too quick to see, but the blue-looking guy in the glass bubble could be our first glimpse of a Guardian. Unless ... wait ... could that be Krona? (More on him later.)

1:16 - 1:19 Ladies and gentleman ... THE RING.

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