Green Lantern is looking like a fun movie, but don't expect many surprises from it.
Snippets are all well and good, but there's nothing quite like that first trailer to really get those excitement levels really rising. Warner Bros. released the first official Green Lantern trailer yesterday, giving us a proper look at its "above-average Joe becomes super-powered space cop" movie.
The trailer gives a more complete picture of the kind of character Ryan Reynolds is playing, as well as the general shape of the movie's plot. Hal Jordan is a talented, but irresponsible, test pilot who is granted fantastic powers that he doesn't think that he is able to handle. But with time, training, and pep talks from his childhood sweetheart, he is able to overcome his fears and become truly worthy of the Green Lantern mantle. It's not the most original plot, but this is a summer blockbuster we're talking about, not the next Citizen Kane, so that's probably not that big a deal.
Green Lantern fans will probably notice a few differences from how Hal Jordan is portrayed in the comics, but most people won't have ever heard of him, so having a character the audience will like and relate to is likely a lot more important to the filmmakers than staying 100% true to the comic books.
The CGI definitely does look unpolished though, especially on Reynolds' suit, which looks more like it's been painted over the top of him, rather than something he's actually wearing - not entirely surprising, as this is exactly what has happened. Hopefully it'll get some touching up before the movie hits in June, because if it looks a little weird on a PC monitor, it's going to look very weird on a movie screen.
Green Lantern comes to theaters on June 17th, 2011.