Saturday, April 2, 2011

GREEN LANTERN WonderCon Footage Brightens Fans' Day

In an apparent response to criticism that the first trailer was too goofy and not enough of a space epic, some new footage that goes completely in the opposite direction debuted this weekend at WonderCon in San Francisco, California.

An abridged four-minute version has made its way onto the Internets, showcasing more of the characters Sinestro, Tomar-Re and Abin Sur and providing a better look at the Green Lantern Corps and the planet Oa.  It starts with Sinestro (obviously before he goes rogue and leaves the Corps) descending from the sky to warn the Corps of "an unprecedented danger, an enemy powerful to destroy entire civilizations."  We then see Abin Sur battling for his life and fleeing in an escape pod bound for Earth, where he will pass on his ring to his successor, Hal Jordan as played by Ryan Reynolds.

After receiving the ring, Jordan goes home and attempts to recite the Green Lantern oath, which starts off as a combination of a courtroom testimony oath and the American Pledge of Allegiance.  The Lantern uploads the correct oath directly into Jordan's brain, sending him rocketing across the universe to the planet Oa, home of the Guardians of the Universe and their agents, the Green Lantern Corps.  Jordan arrives wearing his new CGI Green Lantern uniform and meets Tomar-Re, wonderfully voiced by actor Geoffrey Rush.

Cutting back to Sinestro rallying the troops--errrrr, Lanterns with a chant of "WE ARE THE CORPS!", we then head back to Earth to see Peter Sarsgaard's character Hector Hammond being altered and gaining the worst case of fivehead ever.  Jordan recites the Green Lantern oath once again, this time over footage of Parallax, the big alien beastie threatening Earth.

Some intial reactions on Twitter are already calling this film Men in Black meets Iron Man and I can't say that I disagree with them.  Here's the footage so you can decide for yourself...

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