The Green Lantern
June 25, 2011 | 5:33 a.m.
An impetuous young pilot finds himself on an intergalactic adventure and he learns of a powerful force at work in the universe. On his quest to learn more, he finds himself standing in front of a tiny, shriveled, alien who is as cryptic and old as he is brightly colored. No, this isn’t the Jedi universe, it’s “Green Lantern,” the new Warner Bros film, which features the blue-skinned Guardians of the Universe. “They are the Yodas of this story, though, aren’t they?” The question was asked by Oscar-winning costume designer Ngila Dickson who worked closely with the film’s art department to find the mien of this council of diminutive elders (who existed, by the way, in DC Comics for two decades before George Lucas took moviegoers to the swamps of Dagobah). One challenge for the filmmakers was to steer audiences thoughts away from […]
June 17, 2011 | 4:48 a.m.
The glowing green ring of Green Lantern can give shape to any imagined object, but that only created a hardship for the design team on the new $200-million Warner Bros. film: How could they come up with one piece of jewelry that lived up to that sort of cosmic mystique? Ngila Dickson, who picked up an Oscar for her work in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” said that for years in the comics the ring was an object of solid green and there was a sleek surface to it like a solid, carved hunk of some sort of alien-world emerald. She opted to go in a different direction with a metal band that holds a green gem to the hand like some authority symbol of antiquity. She looked at royal jewelry from various cultures and eras. The final product is “an object […]
June 15, 2011 | 2:53 p.m.
When it comes to his movie set, filmmaker Martin Campbell is a talented tyrant in search of silence. “It isn’t pretty when a cellphone rings,” says Daniel Craig, who played James Bond for Campbell in “Casino Royale.” “People leave puddles when Martin comes after them.” So you can imagine the angst last summer when a shrill beeping interrupted work on “Green Lantern,” the Warner Bros. project that arrives in theaters this week as the most expensive superhero film in a summer packed with them. “Not good,” star Ryan Reynolds muttered as the bleating fire alarm filled the New Orleans wood frame house that had been rented for an emotional family scene. The culprit, it turned out, was the mist being pumped into the home to lend a suffused, sentimental burnish to the footage, and crew members scrambled up the cherry […]
June 15, 2011 | 9:45 a.m.
As the imperious, florid-faced Sinestro, actor Mark Strong is a scene-stealer in “Green Lantern” and with a chuckle he said he thoroughly enjoyed submerging himself in the alien role despite the rigors of the makeup process and risks of digital effects. “I’ve learned that I’m the kind of actor who loves transformation,” Strong said last year during a break from fight and flight training on the film’s Louisiana set. “Wearing someone else’s clothes, someone else’s hair, somebody else’s face, that’s very interesting to me and I think it’s because I come from the theater. When I was in drama school I played 70-year-old characters and it was the accumulation of makeup and costume and wigs that allowed me to do that and find the performance. If you approach that digitally also, it’s not any different to me. In fact it’s exciting because it’s new and offers so much possibility. You […]
May 03, 2011 | 9:23 a.m.
Free Comic Book Day in L.A.: Geoff Johns, Robert Kirkman, Mike Mignola, Steve Niles signings [updated]
It’s Geoff Johns’ universe, we just live in it. That’s how it feels these days for DC fans who find the prolific and passionate creator playing a key role in the feature film (“Green Lantern,” which hits theaters on June 17), on television’s (“Smallville,” which ends it decade-long run on Friday), in cyberspace (DC Universe Online) and, of course, the comics, where he’s filled entire bookshelves with tales of Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and many, many others. If you want to meet Johns, here’s the brightest day to do so: Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and the chief creative officer of DC Entertainment will be appearing at Earth 2 in Los Angeles from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sherman Oaks location (15017 Ventura Blvd.) and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Northridge location (8967 Reseda Blvd.). He’ll be signing a special edition of “Green Lantern,” […]
April 01, 2011 | 1:20 p.m.
Amy Kaufman checks in from CinemaCon… Ryan Reynolds heard the fan angst when the first “Green Lantern” trailer hit in November, but he promises that Warner Bros. is delivering a deep-space epic with the film, not the comedy-adventure that the trailer hinted might be coming when the movie arrives in June. “They were worried about it,” the actor said backstage Thursday at CinemaCon, where new footage of the summer release was unveiled. “I think people should have their opinions. Fanboys are known to have a very loud voice. They’re known to beat their chest hard when they like or dislike something, and that’s all part of the game. I know, because I was an integral part of the shooting process, that the movie is not a comedy at all. There’s definitely a few funny moments in it. The levity is really kind of more […]
April 01, 2011 | 12:00 p.m.
New footage from this summer’s “Green Lantern” was unveiled at CinemaCon on Thursday — but those looking to catch a glimpse of Blake Lively as Carol Ferris were out of luck. While audiences were treated to plenty of Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan clad in a cosmic green, Lively was not featured in any of the scenes shown. “That’s exciting for me, though,” the 23-year-old said backstage at Las Vegas’ Colosseum, where the annual film industry conference was being held. I would not want to sit there and watch myself. I get too shy.” Although Lively had a memorable big-screen part opposite Ben Affleck in the actor-director’s “The Town” last year, the actress is still primarily known for her leading role on the popular CW teen soap “Gossip Girl.” So landing a major role in a studio tentpole was a big […]
March 30, 2011 | 4:10 p.m.
EXCLUSIVE Geoffrey Rush is back in the mode of demanding teacher — but instead of a king’s speech therapist, the Aussie actor will be Tomar-Re, a bird-beaked alien who teaches Ryan Reynolds’ character how to use his new cosmic powers in “Green Lantern.” Warner Bros. is expected to officially announce Thursday that the 59-year-old Oscar winner is giving voice to the CG-created member of the Green Lantern Corps, the intergalactic peace-keeping force that gets its first earthling member in Hal Jordan (Reynolds). Rush’s character — introduced in the pages of DC Comics in 1961 — is a scientist on his home planet and almost spiritual in his tutelage of Jordan even if his reptilian-chicken visage might suggest someone more, um, peckish. Rush — one of the just 25 actors who have won an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy — is coming off an Academy […]
March 07, 2011 | 3:19 p.m.
Put a ring on it — DC and Warner Bros. have circled WonderCon in San Francisco to showcase their new approach to Hollywood heroes. On April 1, three stars from the upcoming film “Green Lantern” will sign autographs for an hour and then take the stage for a panel discussion about the June 17 film that Warner Bros. executives hope will mark a new chapter in the silver-screen life of the DC Comics library. The watchword of the new approach is synergy, and a Warner Bros. news release on Monday morning shows the all-hands-on-deck approach in San Francisco. Here’s an excerpt from the release: Following the opening day panel, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps will have a deep and diverse presence throughout the weekend due to the combined efforts of DC Entertainment (DCE) and the various divisions of Warner […]
Feb. 07, 2011 | 12:28 p.m.
Brady MacDonald writes about theme parks for the Los Angeles Times, and he’s excited about the green movement at Six Flags… What I’ve dubbed the “most anticipated new roller coaster of the summer” has arrived at Six Flags Magic Mountain — and I’m already salivating. Magic Mountain took delivery this week of the rocking and spinning Green Lantern coaster trains, which join portions of the emerald green track already on site at the Valencia amusement park. (Watch the concept video of the Green Lantern.) Ground clearance is currently underway for the first-of-its-kind ride in the U.S., with vertical construction expected to begin in March in advance of a scheduled Memorial Day weekend unveiling. Crews still have to add the Green Lantern symbols and throwing-star designs to the sides of the five trains before on-track testing begins in late spring. THERE’S MORE, […]