Well, this is certainly a change of pace. For the past few months, we’ve seen a bizarre variety of trailers for Green Lantern — the first one, which made it seem way more tongue-in-cheek than fans were comfortable with. Then there were the special effects issues, since much of the effects work was incomplete for a couple of trailers and looked a little dodgy. The film seemed to be lacking an identity.
To make matters worse around here, things weren’t helped when I wasn’t available to write up a couple of trailers, forcing Dustin to hamfistedly stumble his way through posting about them. One of which led to this exchange after another of his ignorant blatherings:
TK: You just couldn’t help yourself, could you.
DR: I really couldn’t. And from the perspective of someone who hasn’t read the comic — which is at least half the audience — I really did think it looked mostly silly, though I liked the pledge. Too much CGI. And space? This thing takes place a lot in space?
TK: It’s the friggin’ Green Lantern. He’s part of an intergalactic force that defends the universe from evil. Of course it takes place in space, dumbass.
DR: He’s part of an intergalactic force that defends the universe from evil? Really? Oh, no.
And right there, folks is the marketing problem that Green Lantern faces in a nutshell.
Regardless, the folks at Warners have decided to go all in on the whole space opera aspect of the story, and the new trailer is a whole new ballgame. It finally explains just what the fuck is going on to the laymen, who the Lanterns are, where they come from, and what their enemy is. It’s two and a half minutes of Green Lantern 101. And I pretty much dug it. Whether the non-comic fan, or non-genre fan, will buy into it? That’s another question. But I think that the cast will help that along, and I think there’s enough *KABOOM* in the trailer to get people out of the house for it. We shall see. In the meantime, here’s a little space opera for you: