So, I wasn’t around much yesterday due to some craziness with my stupid other job, but last night I was able to catch the trailer for Paper Man, about Jeff Daniels as a downtrodden writer who has no friends other than an imaginary, super-suited Ryan Reynolds.
Anyway, the interesting bit of news that actually makes it relevant is that in all likelihood, that’s the closest you’re going to get to seeing Reynolds in an actual superhero suit. No, he hasn’t dropped out of Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, but in an interesting bit of geek news, he won’t be wearing a suit. Not exactly.
Apparently, Reynolds will be wearing a motion-capture suit, and the actual Green Lantern suit will be digitally added later. It’s supposed to resemble the classic comic book suit, yet, according to Cinematical, be “something that looks alive with energy.”
I actually think it’s an excellent idea.
OK, here’s the thing. The Green Lantern suit is pretty iconic for those of us who’ve followed the DC universe. Here’s the other thing — like most comic book outfits, it’s pretty goddamn ridiculous looking. I realize that there’s an almost mandatory amount of suspension of disbelief involved with superhero suits, but it gets a little hard to swallow, which is why movies like Batman Begins and X-Men tried to dull them down a little, make them look a little more practical.
Now, the difference here is that the Green Lantern’s suit isn’t just a suit — it’s a uniform. And it’s also alien. Literally alien, since Hal Jordan is (at least initially) the only human being in the intergalactic Green Lantern Corps. So, what I’m saying is that, unlike Batman’s costume or Wolverine’s ridiculous headgear/mask thinger, your suspension of disbelief has to go a little further with Green Lantern. It’s designed by an alien squadron of intergalactic justice-keepers — in fact, it’s actually created by the Green Lantern ring itself.
Which is why it’s a little strange that it looks like an emo gymnastics outfit worn by an over-sized leprechaun with a Lone Ranger mask (I’ve always hated that silly little mask). So maybe this would lend it a little bit of credibility. That’s all I’m saying (by the way, the header pic is some random piece of fan art I found via Google Images, so don’t let it get to your head).