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Green Lantern The Animated Series

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Hello DC Nation Fans.

I just came off an emergency Fantern podcast where we discussed what can be done, what is being done, and what should be done to help our beloved shows in the most effective way possible. There were people with ties to the industry and people who have been through both successful and failed fan attempts to bolster shows in similar situations. We want to do the most good with the least wasted effort and energy by these wonderful fans, so here’s what we need the fans of “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” and “Young Justice” to do, and what not do.

DO.

  • Watch all of the remaining episodes of the shows for both series. Legally. Catch it live, DVR, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video. Sharing download links and illegal live-streams are not helping the shows right now.
  • Be polite, courteous, and respectful in any and all correspondence with Cartoon Network.
  • E-mail Cartoon Network. Use this form: “Programming” > “Other Shows”. Be brief (2 or 3 lines is sufficient). Be positive in how you word everything. Fill out every box on the form. Mention if you bought merchandise or watched the show on TV. They do read these emails.
  • Tweet (unique individual tweets are better than retweets, think spam filters). Hit @CartoonNetwork. Use any combo of these Hashtags:#BringBackDCNation#DCNation#GLTAS#YoungJustice.
  • Post encouraging messages about how much you love the shows and want additional seasons on the official Facebook accounts Cartoon Network and DC Nation. (If you’re not being rude/negative or copy-pasting, they won’t delete you.) The fan-run FB pages are for organizing efforts and trading info. When you want CN to hear you, post to their official pages.
  • Remember that the people at Cartoon Network are real people with feelings who are just running a business. Treat them as such.
  • If everyone can make an effort to tweet, email, and make Facebook posts at minimum once a day, we may be able to get CN to bend an ear to our efforts.
  • Send words of thanks and support to your show’s cast & crew on Twitter & Tumblr. Let them know that no matter what, they’ve created something beautiful and loved.

DO NOT.

  • Bash our sibling shows. We’re in this one together. “Symbiosi.” Together.Fanterns don’t abandon members of our crew.
  • Be rude, curse, threaten, etc. Every time you’re angry and childish at them, they’re not going to listen to you. Save the key-smashing for your personal journals.
  • Do not use form letters, copy & paste, or only retweet. Repeated text is going to get caught up in spam filters and the effort will be for nothing. We need to show that each message is from a thinking and caring individual, not a bot.
  • Do not email individuals, whether it’s your buddy who works in the industry, or a CEO’s email address you got a hold of. We need to show strength in numbers, and that needs to go through the official channels right now.
  • Do not waste your time signing petitions. Your heart is in the right place, but they have ZERO effect. They’re easily hacked, and have next to no vetting. The network does not care and will not pay any attention to them, no matter how well-meaning. The time you spent signing the petition, you could have used sending a two line email to Cartoon Network.
  • Do NOT deface wiki articles, hack websites, leave digital nasty-grams, attack individuals (that “satan” crap with the photo of one of the CN executives needs to stop, RIGHT NOW). Every time that happens you make CN less inclined to work with us.
  • I know there was discussion earlier of potentially sending physical items to Cartoon Network headquarters. Let’s put that on hold for now, and see if we can get a reaction this way first. We’ll save the physical avalanche for a later round. When/if we go there, do not send liquids, things that will rot, or things that night break in such a way as might create a hazard for the person opening them.

Stay positive, DC Nation. Hope is not entirely lost yet.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 34: The Best Green Lantern of Sector 2012

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Happy New Year! In the first episode of 2013 Marc and Matt are joined by returning guest host, Ralph Apel. Amongst things discussed are “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”, our best of 2012 lists, and what we’re excited for in 2013.

Green Lantern Blu-Ray – Review

Green Lantern Blu Ray Review

Because Green Lantern didn’t make any money and WB didn’t want to spend any more advertising on it, you probably didn’t know that it was released last Friday on DVD and Blu-ray. Being a fan of the comic and the film, I did know about it and am very pleased with the result.

Green Lantern is not the best comic book adaptation, but I can say that the extended cut benefits greatly from the 9 minutes added to it. For those of you that have seen the film, you will not get any more Green Lantern stuff in the extended cut, but you will get some pretty important backstory that I felt gave the film more heart as well as established all the main characters better. You know how in the movie you see scenes where apparently Hector, Hal and Carol all knew each other as kids? Well in here you see that. You know how in the movie you are supposed to believe that Hal idolized his father growing up? Well in this cut you see that as well.

I have no idea why the film makers would take out these crucial character introductions, I assume they just  took out all the exposition so that they could get to Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern faster. The problem with the theatrical cut is that you get Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern faster, but you don’t care about his character and know little about him when he puts on the ring, so you lose any of the humanity from Hal. In the theatrical cut, you know he is a brash test pilot who doesn’t look before he leaps, but in this extended cut, you know why he is the way he is and he comes off as more sympathetic. Removing this from the theatrical cut was a big misstep.

Now lets talk about the extra features, most notably the Maximum Movie Mode! This is one of those picture in picture features that plays in the foreground as the film plays. What is great about this version is it is basically a camera crew following Geoff Johns (Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment & Current GL Mastermind) as he acts as your tour guide through the entire production of the Green Lantern film. He interviews art directors, costume designers, special effects supervisors, actors and more! Any diehard fan of Green Lantern knows that Geoff Johns may very well be THE biggest fan of the Green Lantern on the planet and this Maximum Movie mode shows that off perfectly. Watching the look on Goeff Johns’ face as all of the creative team talks about Green Lantern with such respect is worth watching this feature alone. Any fan would love to have access to what Geoff Johns had during the making of the film and it is a joy to go with him on this journey.

The very best part of the Maximum Movie Mode is watching Johns talking to Mark Strong as he is sitting in a makeup chair. Here you have the biggest Green Lantern fan on the planet talking to a well respected actor, who is in complete Sinestro makeup talking seriously about the Green Lantern mythos. Even though he doesn’t say it, you can tell that Geoff Johns is thinking, “Pinch me, I am dreaming”. It is really great for any GL fan.

In addition to the feature length Maximum Movie Mode, you get about an hour and a half of Green Lantern featurettes. Even though there are two Green Lantern animated films (Green Lantern:First Flight/Green Lantern:Emerald Knights) there was never really a proper documentary about Green Lantern comics. There is a great documentary on here that tackles the different eras of Green Lantern in comic books. From the Denny O’Neil & Neal Adams’ Green Lantern/Green Arrow run all the way to Geoff Johns’ Blackest Night, this is a great documentary that gives the uninitiated GL fan a basic breakdown of the history of Hal Jordan.

There are also several documentaries on the making of the film that are all wonderful. What is best about all of these featurettes is the fact that they are all in HD. In addition to the featurettes you get some cool deleted scenes from the movie as well as a ten minute preview of the Green Lantern Animated Series that comes out on 11/11/11 on Cartoon Network!

Everything about this set is great! From the extended cut to the features, I am sure that it will please all fans of the Green Lantern film and books. I hope that all the efforts that everyone made to get Green Lantern to the big screen will get the chance to make a sequel.

Extended Cut: ★ ★ ★ ★½

Special Features: ★ ★ ★ ★

Media Junkyard Interviews – Green Lantern Animated Series & Children’s Hospital

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Thanks to the folks at MediaJunkyard.Com, I was able to attend this years Comic Con. Trying to get tickets online was impossible for me and because they got me a press pass for the weekend, I did some press for them. I have never done video interviews before, but it was a lot of fun. I would definitely want to do this again. Here are the press lines that I was a part of. It was very nerve wracking but fun!

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CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Behind the scenes tidbits: Those ladies sure liked talking close and the event coordinators constantly tap your shoulders to speed things up, so thats why everything is so rushed.

Green Lantern – Review

Green Lantern Review

How am i going to tell you guys that i really enjoyed this movie and have you believe that it is not just my nerdy bias? I do not think i could do it, but i can tell you that i went to Green Lantern last night with 9 other people and they all had a blast! Some of the things i heard from my friends were, “Wow, are all the critics just being dicks?” and “That movie was better than Thor!” which i agree with. From the die hard Green Lantern fans like myself, to the newly initiated, every single one of us had a really good time watching the Green Lantern.

Of course I had read all the bad reviews prior to the film, so I was bracing for the worse. Then we got in the theater and they handed me 3D glasses, which i was not expecting. A free 3D showing of  a movie based on my favorite comic book series? I am pretty sure that i was going to be fairly happy regardless. I am not a big 3D guy, but i figured if the movie sucks at least i will get to see some pretty cool effects popping into my eyeballs.

So the movie starts and the audience is thrust into insanity! If you are not familiar with the Green Lantern universe, you will have to be on your toes. You get a very hefty narration from Tomar Re. Yeah, you’ll meet him later. He goes on to tell you a story that began eons ago. My sister said that this narration at the beginning made her nervous because she did not know she would get saturated with so much information from the get-go. There is no breathing room when it comes to them trying to set up this world. My sister did say that once the narration ended and the movie started up, she was able to follow it. I just think that the opening narration is a bit daunting for the uninitiated.

So everyone meets a few of the alien members of the Green Lantern Corps then it’s time to meet Hal Jordan, played wonderfully by Ryan Reynolds. Because we all know that Hal is going to become a Green Lantern, the whole audience is chomping at the bit to see him put on the costume. The main problem that this causes, is that there is still a lot of set up of the other characters to get through first and the film kind of has to scoot along. You quickly get introduced to Carol Ferris, Carl Ferris, Senator Hammond and his son Hector Hammond. With all of these characters to introduce it feels like a lot of this first part of the movie was rushed, but i didn’t mind too much. I am already familiar with these characters and i just wanted to see Hal Jordan flying around with a ring so i didn’t care. I just hope that people who aren’t me can follow it. Once Hal creates his first ring construct, the movie settles down and we are treated to some great scenes on the Green Lantern’s home planet of Oa. I thought the FX on Oa were really cool. I only wish that they could spend more time touring the city, but that is just the Green Lantern fan in me.

I really enjoyed the training that Hal received from Tomar Re and Kilowog. I also liked the Sinestro “training”. Sinestro was good friends with Hal’s predecessor Abin Sur and he found a way to take out his aggressions on Hal. Sinestro is not the biggest fan of humans, so he delivers the beat-down of all beat-downs! Hal gets so jacked up that decides to quit the corps on the first day. Of course Hal keeps the ring and realizes that he may actually have what it takes to  be a Green Lantern and saves the world from certain annihilation.

Green Lantern is a a lot of fun, but it does have a few faults. Faults that are not going to ruin my life, but they are easy fixes that could have changed this movie from great to truly amazing. The first thing that i though was strange is that after Hal Jordan fights Hector Hammond for the first time. It seemed like before the fight was done they just kind of decided to go their separate ways. I did not really understand that the fight was over, if Hector died, or if Green Lantern ran away like a coward. It was really unclear and took me out of the movie for a good five minutes or so. I may have to try to figure out what happened there during another viewing.

The other thing that did not make sense to me are some of the decisions made by some of the characters at the end of the movie. At one point Hal approaches the Guardians of the universe with Sinestro and asks them to help him protect Earth from Parallax. They reject him. At this point i would have LOVED it if there was an additional scene with Hal and Sinestro. I think that the filmmakers needed to show that Sinestro’s hands were tied and that he couldn’t help Hal defend his planet. It would also be a great way for Sinestro to show his distrust of the Guardians’ judgement, which is a main theme for the last 52 years. This scene would have made the climax of the film make sense. The way it stands in the film is after we have been introduced to 3,600 members of the Green Lantern Corps, they decide not to help Hal in his darkest hour. They wait until after Hal defeats Parallax on his own to come to his aid. It was really strange and think that if  had that extra scene with Sinestro, it would make more sense and the payoff on the end credit scene seem like it wasn’t out of left field.

The last thing i would have liked to see is Hal seeing the image of his father (Martin Jordan) die, in order to overcome that great fear to defeat Parallax. If you look at the shot of Hal Jordan at the top of this review, this is Hal at his darkest hour. He is pinned down by Parallax and he uses every ounce of his will power to pick himself back up from this great threat. While he was reciting the oath, it would have been nice if the editors flashed in some shots of Martin Jordan’s death and maybe a couple of flashes of Carol and Kilowog. It would have shown him overcoming his fears a little better. I really think that whole theme of Hal losing his father never really got paid off and it is at this point where it could have really brought the story full circle.

It was those small little things that really  hurt this movie. I hope that there is a longer cut of the film out there that will be released, because i know that something was up during the last third of the film. Maybe the editor just gave up. Either way, I really liked the movie. I though Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong were all really fantastic as their comic book counter parts. Martin Campbell did a pretty good job at telling a Green Lantern story, but i would like someone different tackle a sequel.

This film was a great setup for a Green Lantern franchise, i just hope that all the non Green Lantern fans out there can accept this crazy world that DC has concocted and go out and see it for themselves.

★ ★ ★ ★

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Get to Know the Green Lantern Corps

Here are the 28 Green Lantern Corps members that you will see in the upcoming Green Lantern film. If you want to know what there deal is, look no further.

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June 7th, 2011 – Review

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Not sure if you know this or not, but I am a fan of The Green Lantern. I have been since i was a kid. I remember watching Super Friends on television and liking Green Lantern the most. I am not exactly sure why, but I thought he was the coolest. In 1990 when I was thirteen years old I purchased my first Green Lantern comic book. It was Green Lantern #1 (vol.3) and I still own it to this day.

Ever since 1994, after seeing The Mask starring Jim Carrey, I thought that a Green Lantern film would be possible. I mean, if this guy can create CGI guns and make his green face stretch in all kinds of directions, why couldn’t they do a Green Lantern power ring? Unfortunately, thoughts of a Green Lantern movie based on seeing The Mask was something that Hollywood noticed as well. On July 16th 2004, news started circulating around the internet about Jack Black getting the roll of Green Lantern.

After almost exactly seven years after that Jack Black story hit Aint it Cool News, we will get a Green Lantern movie. It will not be played as a comedy, it will not be played as a pure drama. The Green Lantern movie they are planning on releasing is a blend of both. From the looks of it, it will play out like the recent Geoff Johns’ run on Green Lantern (vol.4). I am very excited about this film, especially the merchandising aspect of it. Last Tuesday a bunch of Green Lantern merchandise hit the shelves and I went to town. Here are some of my thoughts.

CONSTRUCTING GREEN LANTERN FROM PAGE TO SCREEN

More than just a mere “art of” book. Constructing Green Lantern from Page to Screen takes you through the entire production process from a story standpoint. From the origins of the Green Lantern comics, to the making of the film, this book takes you on the same journey as Hal Jordan. From is youth and seeing his fathers’ death all the way to the film’s final battle with the fear entity known as Parallax, this book shows off some amazing set photographs, production artwork and has terrific insight from the filmmakers and artists that made this story come to life. It is an interesting read and the pictures are really pretty!

★ ★ ★ ★½

GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS

Straight to Bluray comes the latest DC Animated Adventure, Green Lantern Emerald Knights! This movie is an anthology that plays out like an hour and a half history lesson of the Green Lantern Corps. As you know, there are many Green Lanterns and they all have a story. In this movie you will learn more about The Beginning of the Corps, the rise of Kilowog, the tormented warrior Laira, the biggest Green Lantern of them all: Mogo and Hal Jordan’s predecessor, Abin Sur. Four of the stories are written by GL comic alumni Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, Dave Gibbons, Eddie Berganza as well as Green Lantern film writers Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. As i mentioned above, it does play out like a history lesson, but all the stories are fascinating. I found that some of the voice casting was a bit off. I understand why you would have Henry Rollins as Kilowog, but his personality does not come through in his voice acting. On the other hand i thought that “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was absolutely perfect as the arrogant warrior known as Bolphunga!! Over all this movie is a great introduction to just a few of the many Green Lantern corps members of all 3,600 space sectors.

★ ★ ★ ★

GREEN LANTERN: RISE OF THE MANHUNTERS (PS3)

Green Lantern Rise of the Manhunters Review

Green Lantern gets his first video game all to himself and it is based on the upcoming film. A lot of times movie tie in games are complete crap, but after a few glowing reviews based on the demo, I was really excited for this game. The game is along the lines of a God of War or Ninja Gaiden style of combat button masher. Using different constructs, you can create amazing Manhunter smashing combos! In between the relentless action, you get a couple of really fun Star Fox type of space shooter. On these levels, Hal Jordan flies on a predetermined path and within the area on screen you can fly around and shoot targets with the aid of a reticle. These levels are a lot of fun, but wish that they showed up more often. This game is a lot of fun, but i have been playing it by myself and it gets really tedious. The enemies are pretty much the same throughout the game and they come at you non-stop. I think this would be more fun to play with a partner, who can join in as Sinestro. Speaking of Sinestro, he is one of only 3 green lanterns that show up in the game. This is a main problem for me. If you are going to make a game in which the Green Lantern’s home planet of  Oa is under attack you would think that there would be more GLs in the mix than Hal, Sinestro and Kilowog. There is one point in the game where the Guardians tell you that there are a bunch of Lantern Corps members that are being attacked by Manhunters. As soon as you go to help them out, they die and their rings fly up into the air before you get to see a single one. Another thing that bugs me a bit is that you only get to visit three planets, Oa and Zamaron. In a universe so vast, you would think that GL would do more traveling. This game is a lot of fun but sort of feels like a giant demo. The first trailer opens up the game and then the game starts. There is no training with Kilowog, you are just kind of thrust into this battle. There are very little cut scenes. With all of the mythology over the last 50 years of GL, i hoped for a game that had a bit more scope. It is fun, but i just wanted more than just non-stop mindless action.

★ ★ ★

GREEN LANTERN: RISE OF THE MANHUNTERS (3DS)

Green Lantern Rise of the Manhunters Nintendo 3DS Review

It wasn’t until i played this game that i noticed the shortcomings of the PS3 game of the same name. After a quick comic book art style cut scene, you are thrust into a battle with Sinestro! Wow, okay. After Sinestro is done berating you, he takes off! So right off the bat i feel like i require training and get a great tutorial courtesy of Green Lantern Corps Trainer, Kilowog. Already, this version of the game feels more like a Green Lantern game as opposed to the PS3 version which feels like mindless fun. Right after i get trained i get to meet Tomar Re, Arisia, Ch’p and Sallaak. WOW, i just started playing this game and there are already four more Green Lanterns than the PS3 version which i have played for like 4 hours. Not only that, i have already met all of these Green Lanterns, but Sallaak gives me the option to travel to seven different planets! The gameplay is much like a Metroid or Castlevania game. It is a side-scroller and you can move freely throughout any map. You will come up to secret areas that will only let you pass if you have the right construct to get through, so i can see the replay value being high for those of us that like to complete games at 100%. The controls are a little sluggish, but not too bad. I do like that you can fly at any moment and when you do all of your punching and shooting controls act the same if you are on the ground. In addition to fighting off Manhunters and exploring worlds (including Coast City), there are the same type of Star Fox flight levels like in the PS3 version. If you are a Green Lantern fan i think you will enjoy the story and character interactions on the DS version more than the big console versions. Also, the 3D looks awesome!!

★ ★ ★ ★

So, that is all i have right now. I am going to be playing that Nintendo 3DS game in line while i wait for the movie on Thursday. To all you GL fans out there, i hope that you are enjoying all of the attention this character is getting and i hope for more awesome Green Lantern entertainment to come in the future! 

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