Friday, May 28, 2010

Warners Greenlights "Green Lantern: The Animated Series"

In an effort to continue the interest in DC Comics "The Green Lantern" superhero character, the Cartoon Network is developing a "Green Lantern" animated TV series, that will follow the release of Warners upcoming live-action "Green Lantern" feature, opening June 17, 2011. "Green Lantern: The Animated Series", according to Warner Bros. chairman, CEO Barry Meyer is an example of increasing collaboration and coordination between his unit and Turner networks. In "GL" movie news, director Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale") , currently shooting the "Green Lantern" feature has confirmed some of the comic book characters, set to appear in the film. "'Kilowog' will be in the film," said Campbell. "Tomar-Re' is in it. 'Sinestro' is in it. "'Abin Sur' is in it. All the origin people. "'Carol' of course, who will be played by Blake Lively. "All the main characters are there, and it's a complex story. The origin story of Green Lantern is complex, probably one of the most complex, which makes it a challenge to get it right..." Screenplay for "Green Lantern" is by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green for producer Donald DeLine. Created for DC Comics in the 1940's, the 'Green Lantern' character derives super-abilities from the use of a ring that can transmute green energy into physical matter. The first 'Green Lantern', 'Alan Wellington Scott', debuted in "All-American Comics" #16 (July 1940), riding in a train when a sabotaged bridge causes a derailment. Scott saves himself by hanging onto a green metal lantern that 'speaks' to him, revealing it was once a 'Starheart' meteor that crashed into China, then forged into a lantern. The lantern orders Scott to fashion a ring from its metal, then to touch the ring to the lantern. Obeying the lantern while reciting an oath, Scott gains magical powers, creates a vigilante costume and calls himself 'Green Lantern', with the ability to change green-tinted energy into solid shapes that can defy gravity. The second Green Lantern, 'Hal Jordan', debuted in DC Comics' "Showcase" #22 (October 1959), working as a test pilot in 'Coast City' when dying alien 'Abin Sur', one of 3600 members of the 'Green Lantern Corps' begs Jordan to carry on by wearing his 'power ring', overseen by the 'Guardians of the Universe', keepers of the ring's battery source on planet 'Oa'. Once Jordan accepts the ring, he is ordered to capture 'Sinestro', a renegade Green Lantern. Jordan defeats Sinestro, gains instant superhero celebrity, joins the 'Justice League of America' and teams up with "Green Arrow". When 7 million people die in Coast City from 'Mongul' and the 'Superman' imposter 'Cyborg', Jordan, on the verge of a mental/physical breakdown, asks for more power from the Guardians, but they refuse, considering him unstable and demand he surrender his ring. An enraged Jordan flies to Oa, killing every Green Lantern that gets in his way, but he is finally stopped and forfeits his ring to 'Kyle Rayner'. In one final act of redemption, Jordan helps Rayner stop the solar-consuming 'Sun-Eater' but dies in the attempt, repeating the oath of the Green Lanterns as he sacrifices himself attempting to 'rekindle' the sun. Click the images to enlarge...