Trailer Thoughts: Green Lantern

   We’ve finally gotten our first official look at what to expect from the summer 2011 movie season. Two days ago Warner Brothers released the official trailer for the DC Comic and Martin Campbell directed Green Lantern. This was the first time that us unlucky people, who weren’t at Comic Con last summer, were able to feast their eyes on footage from one of the biggest movies coming out next summer. And judging by bloggers and some of my friends reactions, many people don’t seem to be very enthusiastic now about the June 17th release of Green Lantern.

      Let me say this before I give my thoughts on the Green Lantern trailer, I’m excited for itI’m a huge fan of DC comics properties and I’m really glad Warner Brothers is finally rolling out a franchise that isn’t Batman or Superman.  

      Directed by Martin Campbell, who brought us Pierce Brosnan’s first mission as James Bond in Golden Eye and then rebooted the franchise with Daniel Craig in 2006 with the origin of 007 in Casino Royale. So I have a lot of respect for Campbell, who knows how to tell an origin story that has action, but also delivers character development.

     The people up in arms over the quality of the CGI in the GL trailer need to calm down. This is Campbell’s first major sci-fi/super hero movie and it’s also eight months away from release. Special effects are never in their finished state that long before a movies release, especially for the trailer.

    There were only three things that didn’t go over well with me.

1: CGI F-22 Raptors. I don’t think I’m being a hypocrite on this one. If Tony Scott was able to use real life Tomcats in Top Gun back in 1986, I think it’s plausible that we can have real F 22’s in 2010.

2. Black Lively: She’s beautiful, and was very good in her role in The Town  as a crack addict . But her one line at the beginning of the trailer where she says “This test is important” just didn’t sound right. Maybe it was a poorly dubbed over line or hopefully it’s not the final version of the scene, but the line and they way it was just delivered just felt wrong.

3. Too much comedy: Ryan Reynolds excels when it comes to comedy and it would be a waste not to let him use his comedic chops in GL, but hopefully the movie won’t use it as a crutch. I believe that Green Lantern will do for DC Comics what 2008’s Iron Man did for Marvel, but the new trailer felt too much like it was trying to BE Iron Man. My favorite parts of the trailer were when it got serious, like when Hal Jordan receives the Lantern ring from Abin Sur, who I might add looked incredible in his brief shot in the trailer (so did Martin Strong as Sinestro).

     I give the trailer for Green Lantern a 7.5/10. Because while I’m excited for the film, this teaser just didn’t have the punch needed to get less comic book savvy audiences interested. I’m fairly sure the trailer Warner Brothers releases in the future will give us a better feel for what the movie will be like.

   I’d rather have a less than spectacular trailer and have my expectations surpassed by the final product than have an incredible trailer and be met with disappointment like with Spider-Man 3 in 2007 and Terminator Salvation in 2009.

About Daniel McFadin

NASCAR writer for Former Sporting News intern. Graduated from IUPUI in Indianapolis with a master in sports journalism in 2014 and from Arkansas State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. Originally from Lewisville, Texas, now in Fort Worth. Ask me if I like Star Wars. I dare you.
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