Thursday, June 9, 2011

'Emerald Knights' gives blockbuster competition

Anyone interested in the real Green Lantern origin story should check out "Green Lantern: Emerald Knights." It stars Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan, who tells new recruit Arisia (Elisabeth Moss), stories of the other Lanterns while they prepare for an attack.

For new fans, the film is a great entry into the Green Lantern world. It gives a backstory into how Lanterns are chosen and trained, while not getting to deep into mythology.

The film features six interlocking stories written by popular comic book authors Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Eddie Berganza, Dave Gibbons, Alan Burnett, Todd Casey, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim. The writers have adapted popular Green Lantern origin stories for the film.

One of the best stories follows Kilowog (Henry Rollins) when he first becomes a Lantern and is trained by Deegan (Wade Williams). For long time fans it provides real insight into how Kilowog became the training officer he is today.

Another favorite revolves around how "Mogo doesn't socialize" and the Lantern's early encounter with Bophunga, voiced by Rowdy Roddy Piper.

The film is executive produced by Bruce Timm, who has worked on all of DC's best animated projects. Andrea Romano is the voice director and she assembled a all star cast that includes Fillion, Moss, Jason Issacs as Sinestro, Arnold Vosloo as Abin Sur and Kelly Hu as Laira.

The strength of the story, cast and animation makes this one of DC's best animated movies yet.

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