Comic Con: Green Lantern, Potter, Sucker Punch

Green Lantern

After such strong panels in years past, Warner Bros. Pictures slipped a little with the underwhelming “Green Lantern” presentation. The big flaw here was footage, or rather lack thereof. A quick teaser of cut shots with minimal effects sadly did little to make the film stand out from the regular batch of superhero films, and there was no glimpse of the suit in action at all (what should’ve been the money shot). One shot had the ring shooting a giant green fist which looked interesting, but overall a disappointment.

The panel itself actually went pretty well with Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, director Martin Campbell, current GL writer Geoff Johns and producers Greg Berlanti and Donald DeLine. There was talk that the success of the “Green Lantern” movie would have a big impact on whether Warners will pursue a “Justice League” film. It was also revealed that Parallax is a key element in the film, while other Green Lanterns alongside Hal Jordan to appear include Sinestro, Tomar-Re, Kilowog and Campbell’s favourite Bzzd.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

What ‘Lantern’ lacked in footage, ‘Hallows’ made up for with an extended trailer featuring completed footage from the two-part film, most of which painted a quite dark and even bleak picture of the wizarding world crumbling under Voldemort’s grip.

Tom Felton was on hand to introduce the clip, half of which consisted of new footage from shots of Voldemort looking down on Dumbledore’s body, to the first proper shots of Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy) and the opening scene with a meeting of Voldemort’s supporters. While the footage was good, it seemed quite a few in the crowd wanted more of the stars to show up and that didn’t happen.

Sucker Punch

The first screening of footage from “300” at Comic Con in 2006 launched that movie and in 2008 “Watchmen” had one of the best presentations ever thrown at the event. Zac Snyder returned with this original and outright strange looking fantasy/action feature that seemed to underwhelm.

The crowd proved generally quieter than expected to a five minute montage of loud and highly stylised (ie. high saturation, high contrast) footage and while the stars on stage were excited about it, the reaction was definitely more subdued than to that of the previous two Snyder films. Even the collective squelch of teenage boys masturbating to the footage in the dark wasn’t terribly audible.

Part of the reason is that we didn’t really get a clear idea of what the hell we were watching, even after a second showing – the film has something to do with an all girls mental asylum which fuses with several fantasy realms involving bondage gear, burlesque, dragons, WW1 biplanes, zombie German soldiers, robots, samurai, pouty girls firing machine guns, and steampunk and post apocalyptic tones all done with lots of music video touches set to pounding metal score.

Snyder and several of the female cast members were on hand to talk about the project including Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino and Jamie Chung. Snyder, who claims to have been planning the movie since 2002, put them through some tough training and action while shooting the project. There was the usual ‘female empowerment’ schtick used to try and justify outright exploitation, and I’m sure there are “300” fans who will find it all energetic and exciting. Yet for an ‘original vision’, it just felt messy and passe.

A teaser trailer, essentially a cut down and much better edited version of said clip, is now up on the trailers page.