Courtesy of our friends over at Comic Book Movies, here is a look at the little bugger from the upcoming Green Lantern movie scheduled to light our darkest day on June 17th 2011!
Apparently a favorite of director Martin Cambell, Bzzd appeared in the comics taking down Guy Gardner and Mongul! The little guy also saved Kilowog from infected Yellow Lantern spores. Sadly, he met his fate while battling Mongul during the “Rinquest Affair” where he attacked Mongul from the inside. Last seen (I believe) as one of the Black Lanterns, who will Bzzd bug in the Green Lantern Movie?!
Variety.com reports that Michael Goldenberg has been hired by Warner Bros. to write the screenplay to the sequel for the Green Lantern movie.
“Goldenberg performed a rewrite on the script for “Green Lantern,” which just wrapped shooting in Louisiana with Donald De Line producing and Martin Campbell directing. Ryan Reynolds stars as DC Comics superhero who’s part of the Green Lantern Corps.”
The Green Lantern movie is due in theaters June 17th 2011!
We have an idea or two of what Ryan Reynolds’ as Green Lantern will look like and a couple weeks ago at the 2010 Comic-Con we got a tease regarding Sinestro’s.
Mark Strong, the actor playing the sinister leader of the Yellow Lanterns (comics), had more to say on the look of Sinestro in the Green Lantern movie, courtesy MTV News. Strong said make-up and prosthetics will be used from the head up and for the suit — CGI. He mentioned people will be delighted as Sinestro will look the way he does in the comics.
At the 2010 Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. held two live panels: The Green Lantern Movie panel which was for general audiences and a special press only Green Lantern press panel. The following recap is condensed from Newsarama (Press Only) and Screen Rant’s (Public) live feeds. Green Lantern hits on June 17th 2011. Check out a list of related articles here at Cosmic Book News after the recap and be sure to check out our Green Lantern Core movie hub featuring all the latest news!
Green Lantern Panel (public)
In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!
The Green Lantern oath is recited withthe Green Lantern comic book writer and Green Lantern movie creative consultant, Geoff Johns, coming to the stage!
Panelists include: Ryan Reynolds (Hal Jordan/Green Lantern), Blake Lively (Carol Ferris), Peter Sarsgaard (Hector Hammond), Mark Strong (Sinestro), Martin Campbell, Donald DeLine and Greg Berlanti.
Some movie footage is shown of special effects including some off-world scenes, the ring and aliens. Reynolds mentioned he wasn’t too familiar with Green Lantern so he looked to Han Solo for a bit of inspiration. He stated he met with Director Martin Cambell to discuss the character.
Cambell mentions the costume featured in Entertainment Weekly is not complete; that it is a “work in progress.” He says its more of a “skin” and less of a “costume.” (Editor’s Note: Makes sense as the ring creates the “costume” in the comic I believe.)
Producer Donald Deline talks about the planet Oa, home of The Guardians, and that we will see 3600 Green Lanterns in action!
There are only three weeks of shooting left and Reynolds mentions its been really hot in New Orleans (GL movie location).
On to audience question and answer with a fan asking how Reynolds got involved. It was said he saw the concept art Director Martin Cambell provided and “begged for the part.”
Again to Reynolds with a young audience member asking how it felt to say the GL oath. Reynold’s recites the oath revealing the Green Lantern ring he is wearing! He gives it to an audience member who had a sheet of paper under their chair.
Green Lantern Panel (press)
Director Martin Cambell begins by telling the press audience about the story; that it is pretty straight-forward and how the ring works (willpower).
Reynolds tells them he read the Secret Origins GL comics as the movie is about the origin and Geoff Johns told him its compared to Star Wars. Again he mentions the weather in New Orleans and says the motion capture suit (GL’s costume is all CGI) makes it hot. The talk about the GL mask – apparently not CGI and that it fits him well, which was created by an “effects house.”
Regarding voice casting for characters such as Kilowog, its too early in production to discuss that.
Now to Mark Strong as Sinestro! Strong comments on the character, “…an incredibly organized and fearless component of the Green Lantern Corps. He basically guides Hal Jordan through the training process.” He says Sinestro and Hal have a few confrontations in the movie and that he tests Hal because he is human; Sinestro does not feel humans can handle the Corps. He mentions a scene with Kilowog where they put Jordan through a rigorous test which leads to one.
Blake Lively, playing Carol Ferris, talks about her stunts and use of the “Matrix rig” – a gyroscopic harness 20 feet high that made her nauseous.
Pete Sarsgaar, Hector Hammond in the movie, mentions his character with, “There’s a fine line between science and wishful thinking. I’ve thought about the guys who have stretched our thinking …guys like Carl Saagan..” He mentions he read more science-fiction than comics and continues, “I really thought of [Hammond] as a dreamer, in that sense.”
Warner Bros. revealed the “official” logo for the Green Lantern movie at the 2010 Comic-Con International held in San Diego earlier today.
A previous version was released, this one is a bit more updated. Check back to Cosmic Book News for a full update on the Green Lantern movie panel in a bit.
The Green Lantern movie is due out in theaters June 17th 2011 and stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Blakey Lively as Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond and Mark Strong as the villain, Sinestro!
Late last night http://www.heatvisionblog.com/ reported that Warner Brothers is stepping up their Super-Hero movie productions. They have signed Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim to begin working on a second Green Lantern movie in addition to a movie based on The Flash. According to the article under this deal, they would then go on to write the screenplay for one of the two projects – though which one has not been determined.
Green Lantern is currently shooting in New Orleans with Martin Campbell directing and staring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. Green Lantern is based on the DC comic book about test Pilot Hal Jordan who becomes part of an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. Development on a second installment this far out from a movie’s release date is rare, signaling the studio’s confidence in what it sees so far.
It appears according to the article that The Flash will be drawn from the resent relaunch of the comic franchise which has been written by Geoff Johns.
“The ‘Flash’ film will take inspiration from Johns’ recent work and will feature the Barry Allen incarnation of the character. (In comics lore, several names have wielded the Flash mantle, though Allen, created in 1956, remains by far the most popular.)”
Berlanti, creator of “Everwood,” recently directed the feature “Life as We Know it,” starring Katherine Heigl, and is an exec producer on ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters.” He co-created “Eli Stone” with Guggenheim, who is exec producing ABC’s upcoming superhero drama “No Ordinary Family.” Berlanti co-created “Family,” which stars Michael Chiklis. Green worked with Berlanti on “Everwood” and created NBC’s “Kings.”
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:183:]]After months of speculation as to what it might look like, Warner Brothers finally released an image which contains a close up shot of the Green Lantern Power Ring to be used in the up coming Green Lantern movie. The image originally posted on www.variety.com was part of an article speaking about the marketing plans for WB concerning GL. Here is an excerpt:
“Warner Bros. wants Green Lantern to make just as much green for the studio as Batman or Superman. But first it needs to make the character popular with the public.The studio’s consumer products division plans to unleash a major merchandising effort around DC Comics’ power ring-wearing space cop next year that includes everything from T-shirts to toys.
But the fate of those products hinges on the perf of the “Green Lantern” movie, which bows June 17, 2011. It stars Ryan Reynolds and is helmed by Martin Campbell, who has experience in franchise relaunches as the helmer of “Golden Eye,” which intro’d Pierce Brosnan as 007, and “Casino Royale,” which did the same for Daniel Craig.
If “Green Lantern” clicks, it will undoubtedly be a big boon to the character’s merchandise and bottomline of Warner Bros.’ consumer products arm, which already generates $6 billion a year in sales. That’s mostly thanks to Superman and Batman.
The movie is the engine that drives sales of not only the merchandise, but also the vidgame and a new animated series, for example, that will help turn Green Lantern into a truly evergreen franchise for the company.
The studio wants Green Lantern to grab a piece of the $5.4 billion that’s generated from licensed toy sales each year, according to NPD Group. Roughly 25% of all toy sales are tied to entertainment properties.”
From the article, previous things posted online and in Hollywood trades over the last couple of weeks we can expect a slew of Green Lantern products.
“Specifically, the character will be backed by action figures, vehicles, playsets, games, puzzles from Mattel, as the exclusive toymaker, with products involving its Hot Wheels, Tyco R/C and UNO brands. Other companies will produce apparel, videogames and collectibles,” again from Variety.com.
More than 100 licensing deals have already been inked in the US alone with more to come worldwide, most likely.
Green Lantern Hits in November of 2011 and I can’t wait.
Warner Bros. revealed the logo to the Green Lantern Movie in a press release featured at SlashFilm.com. Big things are in store for Hal Jordan and company according to the release, “Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) announced today a landmark year ahead for DC Comics and master toy licensee Mattel, led by programs in support of 2011’s Green Lantern from Warner Bros. Pictures.”
In addition to the above picture, three more images were included, one featuring Hal Jordan smack dab in the middle of the DC Universe – in between Batman and Superman.
Green Lantern is due out in theaters June 17th 2011 and stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond, Mark Strong as Sinestro and Temuera Morrison as Abin Sur.
WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR GREEN LANTERN: THE MOVIE BELOW
IS THIS KILOWOG?
Our “early christmas present” featuring Blackest Night #6 was well-received by readers of Cosmic Book News. We decided to put together another Green Lantern feature, this time on Green Lantern: The Movie. We scoured the internet researching all the resources and relevant information. We even managed to come up with a couple exclusives (we think)!
The Kilowog images are believed to be FIRST LOOKS.
#1. Martin Cambpell (“Goldeneye,” “Mask of Zorro,” “Casino Royale”) is the director #2. Donald DeLine (“Italian Job,” “Fool’s Gold,” “I Love You Man”) is credited as one of the executive producers. #3. Greg Berlanti (“Everwood,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Eli Stone”), Michael Green (“Smallville,” “Everwood,” “Heroes”) and Marc Guggenheim (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Eli Stone,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) are credited with the screenplay.
1. Ryan Reynolds (“National Lampoon’s Van Wilder,” “The Proposal” & “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) is Hal Jordan. 2. Blake Lively (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” “Gossip Girl”) is Carol Ferris. 3. Peter Sarsgaard (“Kinsey,” “The Skeleton Key,” “Jarhead”) is Hector Hammond. 4. Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “RocknRolla,” “Body of Lies”) is rumored to be Sinestro (according to ). It has also been rumored that Jackie Earle Haley (“Watchmen”) had been up for Sinestro, but based on the preceding link, that appears to not be the case.
IS THIS KILOWOG?
According to MTV.com, director Martin Campbell said this, “Well, Kilowog will be [in it]. Tomar-Re is in it. Sinestro is in it. Abin Sur is in it. All the origin people. Carol [Ferris], of course, who will be played by Blake Lively. All the main characters are there, and it’s a complex story. The origin story of Green Lantern is complex, probably one of the most complex, which makes it a challenge to get it right.”
Now, based on a script we found a couple years back at a comic book message board, Carol Ferris and Sinestro will not be the full fledged villains, but the characters will be set up as the villains for a second “Green Lantern” movie.
Director Martin Campbell confirmed this in an interview with , that was published on their sister site, , “I think it will stick closely to the origin story, but we all know Sinestro, for an example, is a character who goes over to the dark side, and of course, Carol, played by Blake Lively, in later versions becomes a bad guy as well. I think people will be able to see forward to the characters that in the comic went on to (become bad guys)… but people will be ahead of us on all that I think.”
SCRIPT: (based on a Green Lantern Script(?) from 2008 – are they using the same?)
It is 15 years ago, and we meet a 12 year-old Hal who is talking to his father, Martin Jordan, a test pilot for Ferris Air. We then meet 12 year-old Carol Ferris who has a mouthful of braces.
During an air show, Martin Jordan’s plane explodes and Martin flies the jet away from the crowd and it explodes.
It is today and we then switch to outer space, and Abin Sur is in a space ship returning the body of Markot who had been slaughtered “in the service of protecting his sector.” Sur is discussing the death with Tomar-Re and it is raveled that three Lanterns had been “slaughtered before him [Markot].”
But as Abin Sur flies the ship, he is attacked by Legion. Legion, in the script is described as being “the size of a whale with tentacles of an octopus and a shark’s killer grin.”
-Continued After LEGION-
Here is how Legion appears in the “Emerald Dawn 2” comic:
LEGION EMERALD DAWN 2
– END LEGION-
Wounded in battle, Abin Sur, flies the ship towards Earth. As Carol Ferris is waiting to show off Ferris Air’s latest project, three pilot-less jets, that will go up against three piloted jets, with Hal Jordan being one of the pilots. Carol is hoping to sell the pilot-less jets to the United States government so, various senators and generals are on scene. But Hal Jordan is late because he is bed with a beautiful blond. But then the blond’s boyfriend shows up and Hal is off.
As Hal arrives and banters with Carol, we learned Hal and Carol apparently had sex after Junior Prom, however, Hal promises to be the pilot-less jet.
While in the air, the pilot-less jets take out the other two piloted jets, but Hal performs a risky maneuver that will leave him unconscious and he ends up beating the three pilot-less jets.
Hal lands the jet, banters with Carol and is grounded for his actions. As this happens, Abin Sur’s ship falls to Earth and the ring is sent out to find Hal.
We then switch to a scene between Hal and his family.
It then switches to outer space and we meet Sinestro and Tomar-Re for the first time. Sinestro hears of Abin Sur’s death and screams at the Guardians for doing nothing about their death.
We then go back to Hal, as he climbs into his Mustang, Hal is surrounded by a green energy and flies to where Abin Sur is told, basically, “You are a Green Lantern!”
Hal meets up with Abin Sur, and dies. Hal calls his friend Tom Kalmaku (aka Pie-face) to come and pick him up. Hal buries Abin Sur and Tom promises to bring the ship back to his place.
Later, we see Hazmat and government troopers combing the area of Abin Sur’s ship, and we meet Mr. Pipe who is searching for Abin Sur’s spaceship, but find nothing. This leads us to FBI headquarters where we meet Dr. Hector Hammond, who is performing an autopsy on a murdered crystal-meth dealer. Hector is brought in to perform an autopsy on Abin Sur.
Pipe claims Abin Sur was a friend. As Hammond autopsies Abin Sur, he finds a yellow piece of Legion. It continues to switch scenes with Hal holding up the ring that reveals the Green Lantern oath. As he recites it, the golden light from the piece Legion begins to mess with Hector Hammond.
After this, Carol comes to Hal’s apartment and takes him out to dinner. While out to dinner, they have lobsters and Hal’s ring comes to life and creates a hammer and cracks open her lobster.
Hal races from the restaurant out into a lobby where he meets the blond’s boyfriend and his pals.
They beat up Hal, but he creates a giant hand and punches them out.
Hal begins figuring out to use the ring.
We switch back to Hector Hammond who wakes up and finds himself reading people’s minds. He finds he can move things with his mind and he begins to menace his pretty assistant and his boss.
Back on Oa, Hal arrives and meets Sinestro and he trains. In this time, Sinestro asks the Guardians to weld a golden light against Legion, because the green light had no effect on Legion.
Hal sees the footage of Legion and says, “I am out of here!” He flies back to Earth as the rest of the Corps ready for battle with Legion.
We switch back to a West Virginia farmland where Hector Hammond is practicing his new powers with his boss.
Hal arrives back on Earth, as the Green Lantern Corps goes to war with Legion. Ferris Air holds another air show, and this time Hector Hammond’s father, a senator and former astronaut, agrees to fly to the thrill of the gathered crowd. Hector is in the crowd watching and he uses his mind games to screw with his father’s controls.
Hal changes into his Green Lantern uniform and saves the day. Green Lantern meets Carol and Hector’s head begins to transform.
Hal decides to use his powers for good, and Hector begins to develop his own powers more and more. Hal, in his Green Lantern uniform, takes a moment to talk with Carol.
Hector begins to use his powers to rob banks and appears dressed like a million bucks at a huge event that is being attended by many of Washington, D.C.’s elites and makes an obnoxious impression. He then attacks his father with his mind, but Pipe shows up with a gun trying to regain control of the situation. But the guns fire and Hector forces the bullets into his dad.
Hal hears about the incident with Hector and he flies off.
Hector and Hal fight it out, and Hector’s head gets bigger and bigger. Hector then reveals he knows Hal’s real identity, and he ends up using Hal to kill eight people.
Upset, Hal returns to Oa and encounters Sinestro. Sinestro explains what Legion is via the Book of Oa. Sinestro explains that 33 Lanterns were killed in the raid against Legion, but Legion was captured.
Hal asks Sinestro for help in taking out Hector. However, the Guardians tell Hal he needs to finish his training, but Hal said there is no time. He then returns the ring and walks off. Legion breaks out of his cell and begins to take out other Lanterns as Hal looks on with horror.
Hal then picks up the rings of all the dead Lanterns and he flies after Legion with ten rings.
Hal and Sinestro fight it out with Legion and Hal uses the Central Power Battery to destroy Legion. After the explosion, Hal falls to the ground and stands up with gray on his temples.
Sinestro asks the rest of the Lanterns to suit up and fly to Earth and assist Hal against Hammond.
Switching back to Earth, Carol discovers a hangar housing Abin Sur’s old ship and Hector arrives at Ferris Air looking for Hal. He is in a wheelchair and his head is huge now.
Hector sends out the previously mentioned pilot-less jets to destroy Coast City.
The rest of the Lanterns arrive and fight it out with the jets and save the day.
Hal confronts Hector and offers him the Power Ring in exchange for Carol. Carol is launched into the sky and Hector takes the ring and creates Legion. The ring reacts to Hector and explodes sending him back into his chair.
As Carol flies off, Hal’s ring is out of power, so he gets into an F-16 to catch Carol. Before Carol can hit a cliff, Hal hits the ejector button and grabs Carol. The ring comes back online, somehow, and he turns back into Green Lantern and both he and Carol kiss.
Later, the President of the United States announces that General Pipe, or Alan Scott as he is revealed, says that for years, he has known about aliens and the Corps.
Later Scott talks to Jordan and he admits he wore a ring and was able to contact Abin Sur.
The movie ends with seeing Hector in a facility.
Scott then urges Jordan to see the Universe, and Jordan agrees.
Jordan then bids farewell to Carol and Tom. He takes off into the sky and meets up with Sinestro and agrees to be trained and the movie ends.
Additonal concept art:
Green Lantern is set to debut in theatres June 11, 2011