Here it is: I love superheroes. I don't care how lame that makes a dude my age, I so very much do. As most of you probably know. I've gotten my share of blow-offs and lonely nights because of it but I don't care now, I never have and if any of you out there are like me, you shouldn't either. Comics rule. I read them in all the spare time I have between watching and reviewing movies (and whenever I have to pay attention to the girlfriend, damn her). But, here's the kicker: I've actually watched very little of the animated series based on all these characters I love.
That's just how it is. Too busy re-watching 'Buffy'
episodes probably. But the new DC animated DVD series has got me all turned around. Ever since "The New Frontier"
blew me away, I've been paying attention. When they decided to take on one of my favorite characters, Green Lantern
, well, it's on
I'm gonna assume at least some of you have absolutely no idea who or what ol' greenie is and does so we'll start from there. Hal Jordan
is a test pilot for the military who gets abducted by a mysterious green glow in the middle of a flight. He is levitated out to a downed alien spacecraft in the desert where a dying purple dude gives him a magical green ring saying that Hal
has been 'selected'
by it to be a Green Lantern
, one of the protectors of the universe. Hal
digs it but is immediately set upon by Sinestro
and several other weird aliens of the Lantern Corps
who assume momentarily that Hal
was involved in their buddies death. Not under the most auspicious of beginnings, Hal
is escorted to the home planet of the Lanterns
, where no one seems to want him (humans aren't especially well-regarded in the universe apparently, racist blue skinned bastards). Sinestro
, unexpectedly, volunteers to take Hal
under his wing and show him the ways of Lanterning while he investigates the death of Abin Sur
, the fella who died in the desert. It doesn't take long for Hal
to glom onto the fact that Sinestro
isn't exactly pleased by the way the Guardians
(GL bosses) run things and that in his interrogation of subjects, he's most certainly the 'bad cop'
. It's not hard to see which way this character is going, even with the dead give-away of a name like 'Sinestro'
and the porn 'stache. Before you know it, secrets are revealed, the yellow power element (yellow is the one weakness Green Lanterns
have) comes into play and a giant flying yellow power ball is reducing property values drastically across the planet. Hal
has to prove he's the human bad-ass making all the alien Lanterns look like losers. We all know that's the only reason aliens haven't made contact with us yet, because they know we'd totally beat them up and take their lunch money.
This is based loosely on Geoff Johns
' amazing reboot of the Green Lantern
comics series and while some of the differences annoyed me a bit (the flying yellow power ball was perhaps over the top) overall I was immensely pleased with this. While I thought voice actor Christopher Meloni
did a passable job as Hal
, Victor Garber totally
and Michael Madsen
as the big hulky Lantern Kilowog
is casting genius.
The movie alone is one thing, but the Blu-Ray (which looks stunning, btw) comes nicely packed with extras. Several docs ranging from discussions of the making of the movie to the history of the character are nice, but I especially liked the forward look at "Blackest Night"
, the major DC comics crossover going on right now (basically, DC zombies with power rings) that has me even more jazzed about it than I already was. There is also a preview of the next DC animated universe movie, "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies"
that features the beloved Tim Daly
, Kevin Conroy
, Clancy Brown
voice triad as Supes/Bats/Lex Luthor
respectively (but unfortunately is based on the Jeph Loeb
graphic novel) and looks at several of the other earlier films released under the banner. But wait, there's more: They add "The Green Loontern" episode of the "Duck Dodgers" animated series as well as five episodes from the "Justice League" series focusing at least partially on Green Lantern that Geoff Johns picked out.
Tell me this isn't a deal? It's a solid package for both long time fans and newbies anxious to find out what all this Green hoopla is all about and why folks are wearing all these different colored 'lantern' shirts. Get on the bandwagon with myself and the lads (and ladies) from LEOG
and check out "Green Lantern: First Flight"
. Sure, there's less probability of sex at first, but eventually you'll find someone actually worth dating, not that heinous bitch who talks down to you just because you like to wear your Bat-cowl to the dinner table. Free yourself and join the ranks of the lantern lovers. Some day you'll look back and be glad you did.
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