Why this fanboy's not in love with the new Green Lantern trailer
You won't find a more receptive audience for a good comic book movie than your humble author.
But I'm going to risk having my comic book fanboy card yanked by making this unfortunate observation:
I am not really digging the trailer for the latest comic blockbuster, Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern.
Perhaps because all the CGI stuff doesn't translate well to a YouTube clip. Or Reynolds always seems so bent on playing the offhand smartass that it's tough to see him as a righteous hero.
The Lantern has always been an also-ran hero for me -- I didn't get into him for many years because they didn't find a way to tell substantive stories with the character while scoring with complex reinventions of Batman and Superman.
(Also, after spending a little time on set talking with The Closer co-star Corey Reynolds years ago about his burning desire to play the character -- he kept a Green Lantern postcard on Sgt. David Gabriel's desk for a while as he was developing a script -- it was odd to hear a different Reynolds had snagged the gig instead).
Anyway, enough fanboy overthink. The guys over at HitFix have a different take, anticipating a fun but creatively satisfying space opera; imagine Star Wars without the awkward romance, clunky political dialog and Jar Jar Binks.
Check out the trailer below for yourself and feel free to discuss:
Does Reynolds, recently crowned People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, really have what it takes to play the most successful galactic cop in the universe?