First Look of Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

With the specter of ComicCon looming over all superhero-related movies, it is not surprising that this time of year is a virtual buffet of early images, rumors and details on upcoming releases. So far, Marvel has dominated the discussion with news of the upcoming Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger movies, plus the story of Ed Norton being not-so-politely told his service would not be required as the Hulk on 2012’s The Avengers (which in itself has led to a plethora of words being sacrificed at the altar of the rumor mill as to who will replace him – the current rumor frontrunner-du-jour is Mark Ruffalo).  But the newest entrant into the pre-ComicCon hype contest, is DC’s next movie, Green Lantern.

Today Entertainment Weekly released the first images of Ryan Reynolds in costume as the Green Lantern. For the uninitiated, the Green Lanterns are members of an intergalactic peacekeeping force that are given a ring by a group of ancient, and powerful beings called the Guardians of the Universe. The ring can manifest the wearer’s willpower and imagination into constructs, which they then use to keep the peace.

The movie stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, a test pilot who another Green Lantern, Abin Sur (to be played by the Star Wars prequel’s Temura Morrison), deems to be without fear and worthy of the honor of serving in the Green Lantern Corps. Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), much of the movie has been filmed using special effects, including the costume that Reynolds will wear, so footage leaks have been extremely rare.

With the Marvel universe unfolding at a breakneck pace on the screen, the DC batch of movies have been relatively quiet at the moment. A new Batman movie is due out on July 20, 2012, Christopher Nolan has been hired to executive produce a new Superman movie, and a slew of animated direct-to-video movies have been released, but for the most part Marvel seems to have the lock on the super hero film genre – at least for now. Green Lantern hopes to change all that.

The story is still a bit of a mystery, but from what has been leaked, the movie will be an origin for Hal Jordan that draws on the comic miniseries, “Emerald Dawn”. In the comic, Jordan is chosen by a dying Abin Sur to take over as Green Lantern of sector 2814 (which includes Earth). Jordan then heads to Oa, the home of the Green Lantern Corps, where he meets a cast of interesting characters, including the drill instructor Kilowog, the beaked Tomar-Re (pictured below in concept drawings, along with Abin Sur- drawn before Morrison was cast), and Sinestro (played by Sherlock Holmes’ Mark Strong), Jordan’s mentor who eventually becomes his nemesis.  Jordan is called upon to help fight the supervillain entity, Parallax.

The movie also stars Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) as Hal Jordan’s love interest Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass, Knight and Day) as a man who gains psychic powers and becomes an enemy to Green Lantern, and Oscar winner Tim Robbins (City of Ember, Mystic River) as Senator Hammond, the father of Hector Hammond. Campbell has confirmed that he sees the movies as a possible trilogy, and a treatment for the second movie has begun.

Green Lantern is due in theaters on June 17, 2011. The film will also be released simultaneously in 2D and 3D.

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