In brightest day, in blackest night. No evil shall escape my sight.
This oath may not be widely known by those outside the DC Comics Universe, but hopefully after June 2011, this will change.
Although I am excited to see Captain America and Thor come to the screen, I have to say my true allegiance lies with Green Lantern. The emerald clad hero will hit the big screen this summer for the first time in a live-action film.
At MegaCon, we had the opportunity to get the scoop from chief creative officer, Geoff Johns. Johns has breathed new life into the franchise with the release of the wildly popular Blackest Night and Brightest Day series along with the crossovers from Green Lantern and The Green Lantern Corps. Other limited series and tie-ins were also released.
(On a side note, we were at Johns’ table on the MegaCon floor asking when he was returning and I nearly knocked him over. I’ve waited years to meet my favorite comic book writer and that’s the impression I left. I would be embarrassed if it didn’t happen all the time.)
Just a quick rundown of the Lantern Corps, there are nine different Color Corps and each one corresponds with an emotion from which members derive their abilities. They are: Green (willpower), Yellow (fear), Violet or Star Sapphire (Love), Red (Rage), Blue (Hope), Orange (Greed), Indigo (Compassion), Black (Death) and White (Life).
The Green Lantern Corps are given their power rings and the lanterns to charge them by the Guardians of the Universe. These small, blue-skinned creatures live on Oa and watch over the Central Power Battery which re-energizes all the lanterns. The Green Lanterns chosen then serve as intergalactic police officers. This may be the most condensed version of the Lantern Corps ever!
In the Blackest Night series, mysterious Black power rings fall to the Earth and many beloved characters in the DC Universe that had died were brought back to life, or so it seemed. Some, however, obtain different color rings and became part of various corps. Wonder Woman joined the Star Sapphires while Aquaman’s wife, Mera, joined the Red Lantern Corps.
As a fangirl, I’m always excited to see female characters prominently featured in comics. And they get to rock some really amazing costumes. I also love the fact that the corps power comes from jewelry. I wish my rings would shoot intergalactic energy rays.
Women who have not been into comic books thus far may find a surprise if they pick up Blackest Night #0. It’s a good starter since it’s a completely new direction for the DC Universe and you may find yourself wanting to delve into other adventures.
DC realizes they need a hit with Green Lantern. Marvel Studios already has bonafide franchise successes with Iron Man and Spider-Man and they’ve been promoting their upcoming releases like crazy.
After the debut of the semi-lackluster Green Lantern trailer at Comic-Con last year, I was a little concerned. Since Green Lantern is one of my favorite superheroes (alongside Wonder Woman), I want to see the story brought to the screen in the right way.
However, seeing the recently released abridged footage from Wonder Con, some of my fears have been laid to rest. Geoff Johns is also a consultant on the film, so I’m sure they’ve stayed true to the story.
Since Green Lantern’s ring creates things from an other worldly energy source, the film relies heavily of CGI effects. From what I viewed over the weekend, Oa looks incredibly detailed and vibrant. Even Hal’s costume looks much better on screen than the still shots I‘ve seen.
I hope that more than just fans of Green Lantern comics give the film a chance. I know more than Iron Man fans packed the theaters to see Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark. Since the film begins with the transfer of the Green Lantern and power ring to American pilot, Hal Jordan, you don’t necessarily have to be familiar with the origin story. Just come with an open mind, imagination, and desire to see a lot of stuff explode.