Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first official image of Ryan Reynolds in full CGI-adorn bad-assery as The Green Lantern. (See the image below.) The big reveal happens to grace the cover of the latest issue, which features the publication's Comic-Con preview. (A concept which, in itself is still surreal.) When it was revealed that Reynold's big-screen turn as the emerald crusader would involve him wearing a motion capture suit, speculation/hating went rampant about how genuine a computer-generated costume would look on screen. With the image finally out there, don't expect the divisions of opinion to clear anytime soon.
The costume seems to be going for a more organic interpretation of the ring's powers represented in the costume, which engulfs and protects Hal Jordan. Unlike the comic book version, which is just a standard spandex gloves/boots job, this costume seems to be alive, almost as if it's an extension of the ring itself and has rooted itself into Hal's body. If you look at where his gloves would conventionally be, you can see veins running down his arms, looking like they're carrying extremely potent surges of the ring's power down into his body. The glowing cracks on the front (which if I were a betting man, blinks regularly,) seems to barely contain the transformative, but destructive emerald energy. Finally, the whitened pupils, besides being a nice homage to the comic interpretation, also effectively drives home the idea of the pure energy that's flowing within him that's just waiting to be released to destroy something. From a personal standpoint, it's essentially what I expected it to be, given the fact that we knew a CGI motion capture suit was necessary.
The magazine also interviews Reynolds and what brief preview snippet that was provided from the new issue (which hits tomorrow), he describes the process of creating the illusion of flight, which involves some pretty tough work suspended from a wire, getting hurled through the air at about 60 feet per second. As he explains:
“The first time you do it, you’re seriously considering an adult diaper,” Reynolds says. Still, he couldn’t resist the chance to play the beloved DC Comics hero, whose power ring can conjure virtually anything he can dream up. “Will and imagination are his superpowers,” Reynolds says. “We need a circus of Timothy Learys to think of things Hal would invent with his ring.”
The Green Lantern will hit theaters on June 17, 2011. As if he isn't dominating enough hot comic book properties, Reynolds will also resume his role as Wade Wilson, aka: Deadpool in the character's self-titled 2012 solo film.
So, do you have any feedback on the Green Lantern's movie look? Were you hoping for a more typical costume? Or are you open to the possibilities of Hal Jordan being a glowing green version of the Venom symbiote costume?
Source: Entertainment Weekly