- Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison, Jon Tenney, Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Clarke Duncan, Clancy Brown, Jenna Craig, Nick Jandl, Dylan James, Leanne Cochran, Taika Waititi, Jay O. Sanders, Nick Gomez, Jeff Wolfe, Bill Ross, Sharon Morris, Gattlin Griffith, Deke Anderson, Lena Clark, Warren Burton, Salome Jens, Tiffany Morgan
- Director: Martin Campbell
- Writers: Greg Berlanti, Michael Goldenberg, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim
- Producers: Greg Berlanti, Donald De Line
- Co Producer: Geoff Johns
- Executive Producers: Herb Gains, Andrew Haas
- Art Direction: François Audouy
- Casting: Pam Dixon
- Costume Design: Ngila Dickson
- D.O.P.: Dion Beebe
- Editor: Stuart Baird
- Makeup: Felicity Bowring
- Music: James Newton Howard
- Production Design: Grant Major
- Set Decoration: Anne Kuljian
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New Orleans, USA
- MPAA Warning: For intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action
- Production Budget: $200 million
- Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, De Line Pictures, DC Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 15 March 2010 - 6 August 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "While Marvel has been pushing out films featuring its roster of A-list superheroes for years now, DC hasn't been so quick on the ball about taking their brands onto the big screen. Christopher Nolan's two "Batman" films rule supreme over the current generation of superhero movies, but the few other attempts range from the noble but fatally flawed (Bryan Singer's "Superman Lives" and Zac Snyder's "Watchmen") to the legendarily terrible (2004's "Catwoman" and this year's "Jonah Hex"). Certainly none of the other main members of the DC stable of characters have put in an onscreen appearance lately outside of the small screen animated format.
It's not as if Warner Brothers hasn't been trying. Millions have been spent in development over the years on live-action movies based on Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Arrow, and Justice League with none anywhere near closer to fruition. Development on a Green Lantern film has been underway about as long as Dark Horizons has been running - almost fourteen years. Kevin Smith, Zac Snyder and Greg Berlanti were all attached to direct a version at one point or another, while a comedic take on the property starring Jack Black was seriously considered back in 2006.
Ultimately though it was 2007 when the current incarnation started to pick up steam. Greg Berlanti ("Brothers & Sisters," "Life As We Know It") was originally slated to direct from a script he co-wrote with comic book writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim. Though there have been several Green Lanterns in the comic, the story itself is to follow the original 1970s Hal Jordan storyline along with using elements from the later "Emerald Dawn" mini-series and Dave Gibbons' work on the title in the 80's.
Unlike most superhero films, casting speculation about who would play Hal Jordan was fairly minimal with the role ultimately going to Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds at the time was being slated to play The Flash in a film version of the DC hero that David Goyer was developing, certainly he seems more suited to that character than Jordan. Yet that take on The Flash simply wasn't making any progress so Reynolds hopped onboard this.
Berlanti stepped away from the director's chair in early 2009 due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by "Casino Royale" and "The Mask of Zorro" director Martin Campbell. Originally slated to shoot in Australia in late 2009, the $150 million production instead stayed closer to home with a shoot earlier this year in Louisiana. A controversial decision was made not to have a practical costume, as a result Green Lantern's bodysuit is computer generated and composited on in post-production as part of the 1,300 visual effects being done overall.
Now that the film has been made and is ready to hit theatres, the big question that currently stands is that of interest. While amongst comic fans there's an in-built 'Lantern' fanbase, the character has little name recognition across the wider spectrum. That awareness drops almost to zero outside of the U.S. where the few DC superheroes which are household names have earned that awareness due to pre-existing TV shows and movies, something 'Lantern' hasn't had outside of the recent "Justice League" animated series.
A launch at Comic Con this year proved a fizzer - very early teaser of footage barely showed anything from the film whilst a panel made headlines more for Blake Lively's cleavage and a cute kid's question than anything that was actually said. An EW cover showing off a first look at the costume met some derisive comments, while a quite FX-heavy teaser trailer with first looks at Oa, Hal in action and other Lanterns lead to a decidedly mixed reaction online.
With several months to go, Warners faces an uphill struggle in not only trying to separate itself from the three other big comic book adaptations on the way next Summer, but getting audiences onboard what is technically the most ambitious of the four. I wish them all the best."