Friday, November 19, 2010

Thoughts on the new Green Lantern movie trailer

YES, I have seen the new trailer for the Green Lantern movie (linked at the end of this article). NO, I don't have an opinion as to whether I think the movie will be good or bad. It's only ONE trailer, plus I learned a long time ago that trailers are downright useless tools for predicting how good or bad a movie will be.

Take Pixar films, for example. With one or two exceptions (one being a particularly funny teaser trailer for The Incredibles), in my opinion, most trailers for Pixar movies are pretty lousy. They almost NEVER tell you ANYTHING about the movie in question -- they're very pretty, but very, VERY vague. RIDICULOUSLY vague, and also BORING. Nine times out of ten, whenever I see a new Pixar trailer, I think to myself, "Okay, now, other than the fact that the movie is a PIXAR movie, why the hell would I want to see it?" I mean, for a movie studio that has a reputation for being the most critically and financially successful studio in world cinema history, Pixar does produce some pretty lousy movie trailers. But that's just MY opinion.

Ahem. Okay. Back to Green Lantern. Based on the trailer, as I already stated, the movie could be good, or could be bad (never mind that it's yet another frickin' origin story). I'd rather have a really good movie or a really bad movie as opposed to a mediocre one. Bad movies DO have some redeeming qualities, after all -- some make for great viewing BECAUSE they're so bad (the movie Surf Ninjas comes to mind). PLEASE-oh-please let the Green Lantern movie be really good or really bad -- but not boring! PLEASE!

I am happy, though, that Ryan Reynolds is Hal Jordan. I wasn't sure about him at first, but I've grown rather fond of him since seeing him in The Proposal. It helps that People Magazine recently called him the Sexiest Man Alive. As one of the sexiest super-heroes in comics, Hal Jordan SHOULD be played by an actor with that title. Hal Jordan himself would probably expect nothing less. Based on the trailer, Reynolds also seems to be channeling the Geoff Johns version of Hal, which is appropriate given Johns' involvement with the film.

The only thing in the trailer that made me wince was when Reynolds said, "One thing a Green Lantern is supposed to be is fearless -- that isn't me." Maybe it's just the way the trailer is edited, but the statement struck me as rather odd. Hal has indicated often enough in the comics (particularly in Sinestro Corps War and in Secret Origin) that he ISN'T fearless -- rather, he has the ability to overcome fear. Still, Hal has also stated that when people ask him if he's afraid of anything, he tends to answer NO because that's what people expect him to say. Based on that, the blurb in the trailer seems out of character. But, as I already stated, maybe it's just the way the trailer is edited.

Still, it was fun to see Sinestro (as a GL!), and Tomar-Re, and Kilowog in the trailer. I'm also assuming that the man Hal is talking to near the end is Tom Kalmaku -- I'm GLAD to see Tom wasn't left out of the movie. As to the rest, well, I'm gonna wait and see how it all comes together. Fingers are crossed.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Even on a beer glass, Batman gets no respect

Catalogs have been showing up in the mail with alarming frequency of late, filled with goodies and potential presents for the holiday season. So far, I haven't found too many things in the catalogs that have caught my attention -- EXCEPT for a set of DC heroes beer glasses. There are four glasses in the set, each featuring a super-hero portrait on one side and a saying, of sorts, on the other side. First, of course, there is the Superman glass:

The back of his glass says:

Man of Steel. Nothing terribly pithy or witty -- just Man of Steel. Well, that's okay. We all know Superman is the Man of Steel (really, though, with what we know about metals and alloys these days, shouldn't he have been upgraded to at least the Man of Lutetium by now?).

Next is the Wonder Woman glass:

The back of the Wonder Woman glass says:

Well, of course!

Glass #3 of the set depicts Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. I'm pretty happy about that, actually. In the past, we were most likely to see Aquaman or the Flash. It's nice to see that Hal is currently in the "top four" for the general public:

On the back of Hal's glass is part of the Green Lantern oath, naturally:

Last, but certainly not least, is Batman's glass. HERE is the front:

Not bad, not bad. Now, what do you suppose the back of HIS glass says? Does it say, "Criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot," or something to that effect? NOPE. The back of Batman's glass says?

Bam, pow, bang. That's it. BAM, POW, BANG. It seems that after all this time, and after all of the movies, animated series, graphic novels, etc., etc., Batman STILL hasn't shaken off the spectre of the 1960s. *Sigh.*

Monday, October 18, 2010

Kidney stones!

Kidney stones occur with varying intensities, from minuscule stones that pass unnoticed to excruciatingly painful stones that require surgery for removal. Well, guess which type Mr. Sea currently has? Poor guy was hit VERY hard over the weekend and is in the hospital awaiting surgery. Not to worry -- the kidney stones are painful, but it's minor surgery. Mr. Sea will be home soon, along with a LOT of cranberry juice.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The mystery of Batwoman's costume

This is something that's always bugged me about the original Batwoman's costume: WHY the HECK is it yellow and red? It's primarily yellow with red accents. WHY, WHY, WHY? The design itself is batlike enough, but the colors certainly don't say Creature of the Night. If idea was that Kathy (Batwoman) Kane was trying to emulate Batman's look, why on earth did she have costume colors (not to mention the elf boots and gloves) more in line with Robin's original look than with Batman's?

The costume for Batwoman's sidekick/niece, the original Batgirl (Betty Kane), wasn't any better. Not only did Batgirl wear a skirt (Wonder Woman discovered a LONG time ago that skirts just aren't practical for bashing in badguys' heads), the primary color of HER costume was red with green accents. Again, more in line with Robin's look than with Batman's.

I don't get it. I just don't get it.

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's October! WoooooOOOOOOOoooo!

It's October! I love October. It's one of my favorite months, especially for the weather. Indiana always looks gorgeous in October, what with the changing leaves and all -- assuming it doesn't get TOO cold outside. And what comic book hero represents Halloween better than THIS guy?

Well, okay, I guess you could make an argument for the Spectre or one of the other supernatural heroes -- but, really, Batman is the quintessential Halloween hero. So, I think I'm gonna devote most of this month to picking on Batman and his "relatives."

Hey, is it just me, or in the above drawing, does Batman look like he's doin' the Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show? Kind of appropriate given his current circumstances in the comics. Hmmmmmmm ...

If nothing else, that picture of Batman practically begs for a caption content -- ANY caption besides the obvious, "ALFRED! I told you to stop putting starch in my shorts!"

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hal Jordan's Greatest Plane Crashes #5

First, a personal note: I've been "at liberty" from my job for a month now, and I can't believe how BUSY I am! I used to hear people say that all the time, upon their becoming stay-at-home parents, or unemployed, or retired. I guess I had to experience it for myself before I truly understood what these people were talking about. It's a good thing Mighty Mite is still in preschool for the time being, because I can't believe how much cleaning, and painting, and repairing I've been doing around the house. Heck, just this week, despite having a cold, I repainted the entire main hallway of the house, including the ceiling. Believe me, the hallway needed it. Makes me wonder what would have happened to the house if I'd put off this stuff much longer! I shudder to think ...! So, when do I get to start sitting on my butt, watching soap operas, and eating bon-bons? Yeah, so much for THAT stereotype.

Yeah, I have another friggin' cold. The only nice thing about it is, I don't have to worry about calling in sick anymore. Problem is, I keep looking around the house and seeing things that need to be done, so making myself rest has been a bit of a problem. Oh, well.

Anywho, here's another Hal Jordan plane crash, from Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

An alternate Green Lantern page?

I love finding stuff like this. Back when Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis & company were working on the original issues of Green Lantern: Secret Origins, Ivan Reis drew the following iconic image of Sinestro and Hal Jordan recharging their power rings. The finished illustration was published on page 4 of Green Lantern #34:

However, apparently that wasn't the ORIGINAL drawing for page 4. The original drawing, replaced by the above drawing, was THIS:

Interesting. I actually like the original page better -- Hal and Sinestro united! I wonder why it was changed? Maybe someone wanted Sinestro featured more prominantly.

Friday, August 6, 2010

History of the Predator, the "male Star Sapphire"

So, in current Green Lantern lore, the Predator is actually, supposedly the Star Sapphire “entity,” huh? Or, at the very least, the Predator is a “male Star Sapphire.” That’s interesting, especially given the history of Predator, and of Carol Ferris as Star Sapphire. Originally, Predator was presented as the “male side” of Carol Ferris’s psyche – a male side that liked nothing better than to love and protect poor, sweet Carol, and to beat the hell out of Hal Jordan every chance it got. And, make no mistake about it, Hal was equally intent on beating the hell out of Predator.

Predator first appeared on the very last page of Green Lantern #178 (1984), arriving just in time to keep Ferris Aircraft from being completely trashed by a group of bad guys called the Demolition Team. Hal was elsewhere at the time, trying to save the planet Omicron Ceti IV, at the behest of the Guardians.

Though he doesn’t completely stop the Demolition Team from damaging Ferris Aircraft, Predator certainly makes his presence felt. He doesn’t seem to have much in the way of super-powers (except maybe the ability to fly or glide a bit), but he’s very agile, tough, and good with weapons. He also has a VERY macho attitude toward bad guys …

… and toward a certain dark-haired businesswoman:

After Predator takes off, and Carol is left to mop up, Hal returns from space and is more than a little shocked by what happened while he was gone. After saying he wished he could have been there to help, especially since his friend Clay Kendall was seriously injured in the attack, Carol goes off on Hal:
Yep, Carol is MAD. So mad, in fact, that she claims that she’s sick and tired of Hal being a Green Lantern (“Don’t I matter as much as those blue-skinned old bastards?”) and gives him an ultimatum: “It’s that lousy power ring or me, Hal! The choice is yours!”

Hal IS a bit taken aback, and a bit confused over the whole thing. SO confused, in fact, that he actually visits several other heroes for advice on what to do (Green Arrow, Flash, Superman). Then, he makes a decision:

Yep, that’s right Carol. Believe it or not, Hal has decided to quit the Green Lantern Corps. QUIT!

SO, after an emotional and heartwarming sendoff by his friends in the Green Lantern Corps …

… Hal turns in his ring, and John Stewart is made the official Green Lantern of sector 2814. Carol thinks this is GREAT. Hal, on the other hand, isn’t sure it’s so great. He misses being a super-hero – especially since Predator is still hanging around Ferris Aircraft, and Predator and John Stewart are taking care of all the problems Hal USED to handle.

Not only that, Predator has started sending Carol love notes.

Hal finally gets to meet Predator when Predator decides to drop in on Carol for a little romance – and, ooooh, Hal isn’t happy about that AT ALL. After Hal and Predator snarl at each other a bit, Predator quite literally mops the floor with Hal.

NOW Hal is REALLY mad, and he starts obsessing about Predator. In fact, he becomes something of a Predator stalker. He arms himself to the teeth and starts hanging around the rooftops at Ferris to try to catch Predator. Carol tries to talk him into behaving normally, but Hal really isn’t having any of it.

Here, Carol -- maybe this kiss will shut you up.

Eventually, Hal tracks Predator to an old, abandoned theater and doesn’t hesitate to pull out the firearms.

(That’s right, kiddees. He’s no Punisher, but unlike most other super-heroes, Hal Jordan doesn’t hesitate to use a gun if that’s the only weapon at his disposal. Heck, even being turned into a bird didn’t stop him from using a gun on at last one occasion:

(Hal Jordan: The Pistol-Packin’ Pigeon. But, I digress …)

Getting shot in the face doesn’t hurt Predator one bit, and he escapes Hal. Hal returns to Carol, who tries ONE MORE TIME to get Hal to pay more attention to HER:

Here, Carol -- maybe THIS kiss will shut you up.

Predator then shows up AGAIN, and this time, after beating up Hal, he kidnaps Carol. Hal follows them to the old theater. Hal and Predator get into yet another fight, and the whole while Predator is claiming that he loves Carol. To everyone’s surprise, Carol then claims she loves Predator -- and then something really weird happens:

Predator and Carol merge and become Star Sapphire -- a rather angry Star Sapphire, who proceeds to beat the tar out of Hal and EXPLAIN things to him.

Apparently, Carol’s on-and-off-again relationship with Hal took its toll on her, and Star Sapphire (influencing Carol through the old gemstone that used to possess her) took matters into her own hands. Star Sapphire possessed Carol and then split in two, so her feminine (Carol) and masculine (Predator) sides were separated. Predator went about taking care of all Carol’s business issues while Carol was free to pursue Hal. Hal screwed things up, though, by … well … being Hal.

Star Sapphire then adandons Hal and goes on her merry way, completely taking over Carol, killing Katma Tui, and doing all sorts of other, nasty things.

Carol remained this nasty incarnation of Star Sapphire for a VERY long time, but Predator seemed a thing of the past – until almost ten years later.

Fast forward to Green Lantern #41 (1993), in which Predator reappears – and here’s where Predator history gets REALLY weird. For various reasons, Carol (no longer Star Sapphire) is being hunted down by Deathstroke the Terminator AND Predator, who succeeds in possessing Arisia. Of course, in trying to protect Carol, Hal gets caught in the middle of the fray – but ends up sitting quite a bit of it out while Arisia and Deathstroke do a good job of clobbering each other:

(That’s right, fanboys – it’s Terminator vs. Predator! Yeah, good luck getting THAT movie made.)

While she’s possessed by Predator, Arisia learns that Predator is actually, supposedly a demon from Maltus who’s out to destroy the Guardians AND the Zamarons.

Originally, there were three demons (Krotazodarikik, Archorivvon, Guarradachach), but Predator is the only one left, having defeated the other two because Predator DOES have a thing against killing “innocents.” Supposedly, Predator is interested in Carol due to her close ties with the Zamarons -- and, BOY, is he interested in Carol. After Carol (with Hal’s help) becomes Star Sapphire and succeeds in separating Predator from Arisia, all of the weirdness reaches a crescendo:

Yeah, that’s right – Star Sapphire (but NOT Carol) is pregnant by Predator. Carol ISN’T pregnant because she and Star Sapphire are actually two separate beings. Right. Gotcha. Hal doesn’t seem to care too much, though. Hey, as long as it’s not HIS kid, right? Not that it matters a whole lot, because it’s not long after this that Hal becomes Parallax, and all this becomes a bit superfluous.

Not that Carol’s predicament became COMPLETELY forgotten. While Hal was out trying to tear up the cosmos, Carol became the administrator of Extreme Justice's Mount Thunder facility. Not long afterward, both Predator and Star Sapphire were separated from Carol, and Star Sapphire gave birth. Predator and Star Sapphire didn’t last long, though. The demon Neron showed up, killed both of them, and ran off with the baby – which seems to have been completely forgotten, just like the baby Power Girl supposedly had during this time.

Got all that? Yeah, there have been a lot of weird things in Green Lantern history, but not much is weirder than this.