I saw the little snippet of the GL trailer on EW, but wanted to wait until the full trailer came out before commenting. I’ve got to say, I was pretty disappointed. If you haven’t seen it, just click below and take a second:
What didn’t I like about it? Where do I start? Let’s just say I would have preferred it if Ryan Reynolds (who I’ve liked since his “Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place” days) should have played it a little more serious. And the GL Uniform? A little too much like body paint and too little like a uniform. In all honesty, I immediately thought of the “Batman and Robin” nipple/codpiece fiasco that nearly destroyed the Batman franchise. And while I appreciate the humor, it shouldn’t have been the showcase. Yes, I realize Iron Man succeeded in a good part due to its humor, but it also got the action/heroics right — GL looks like they overlooked that part. The flight sequence is a direct take off from “The Greatest American Hero” and the short fight scene is pathetic. And, why is Carol Ferris a pilot? I’m all for women’s empowerment, but she is Hal’s boss and the owner of the company — isn’t that enough? Why change something that has been canon for 50 years?
This is not a promising start to a movie I have been highly anticipating. Quite frankly, it looks like a damn mess. I pray that the actual movie is better than this hodge-podge of crap.
Now, in contrast to the big budget, famous director Green Lantern, let’s compare it to this fan made trailer that was cobbled together by existing movie/TV footage and layered over with computer SFX:
Now THAT is how you make a super hero trailer! Focus on action and story, throw in a little humor at the end. And, it has Nathan Fillion, who I still think would have made a better Hal Jordan than Ryan, who is more of a Kyle Rayner kind of guy IMO.
As a fan, I don’t really give a damn about the witty banter and winning smile of our hero. Should it be there? Absolutely — but its not why I’m going to see the movie. I want to see Green Lantern to watch GL kick some intergalactic ass! I could give two shits about Hector Hammond — I mean, seriously, who thought that was a good idea? Focus on SINESTRO! He’s the big bad, he’s the real challenge.
The winning mix to super hero movies is staying true to the material, playing it 85% serious 15% humor, and handling the CGI right. Many people didn’t like the recent Superman, but I will say one thing about it: it excelled at making you believe in Superman. The effects were perfect. Light on story? Yeah, it was. But Superman himself was exceptional.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight and Iron Man (1 not 2) were dead on — and they were all extremely successful. Fantastic Four, Iron Man 2, Jonah Hex — not so much. They lost the balance and strayed from the formula — and paid the price. Time will tell how Green Lantern fares on its debut, but based on this trailer it’s not looking too good…