The Green Lantern Post (in anticipation for the film)

As far as superhero mythology goes, Green Lantern is a fuzzy one having his beginning in an issue of All-American Comics in 1940.  Yet, he is not the modern Green Lantern.  Alan Scott’s powers come from a magic lantern that he found in which he forged a magic ring.

I don't know what's more weird, Alan Scott (Green Lantern) running on a sky scraper beam, or the other guy shooting at him with a tommy gun... Somehow...

Yes, the same principle exists. Magic ring powered by magic lantern creates green energy objects to fight with.  However, this lantern and ring is not apart of the Green Lantern Corps that we know and cherish today.  They (DC Comics) did what is called a “revival” on the original Green Lantern series, creating the Guardians of the Universe, and establishing Hal Jordan (successor to Abin Sur, an alien who dies on Earth) as Green Lantern of Sector 2814 where Earth is situated (this is the Green Lantern that the film will be based on, we’ll get to that later).  So, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) joins this super cool secret club run by an alien race called “The Guardians of the Universe” (sounds kinda stiff to me) and proceeds to kick ass on Earth saving man kind with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.  Working for the Guardians, Jordan is exposed to Sinestro (a Green Lantern gone rogue when he forms his own Yellow Lantern Corps) and eventually becomes enemies with him.  Hal Jordan does his thing for a while until he is driven insane (by lack of readers!) and goes on a killing rampage until he is overcome by a parasite named Parallax.  In a really really weird twist Jordan dies while reigniting the sun and saving the earth (seriously, readers were down so they downed Jordan).  But he’s brought back and becomes Spectre and revives the Green Arrow (Oliver Queen).  For those who don’t know, Spectre is pretty much God’s Wrath (Angel of Death).  Hal Jordan is such a badass that he gets to be the Angel of Death… WTF (in reality, Spectre chooses Jordan, because he wishes to repent for going on his evil tangent as Parallax).

Jordan/Spectre with lightning from his chest... I guess.

So, Jordan is cool, but he was gone for quite a while.

Who filled in the gaps you ask?

I’ll tell you!

Guy Gardner replaces Hal Jordan first (and apparently, was supposed to get the ring first but was too far away at the time).  After sticking around for a few years, Gardner is blasted into a coma where he has come in and out of relevance from leaving him now a Green Lantern trainer for the Guardians.  John Stewart found his start in the 70’s as an out of work architect chosen by the ring to replace Gardner.  John Stewart is African American, and although he is no longer the main Lantern continues to remain has backup or “Deputy” for whichever Lantern is most relevant.  Kyle Rayner exists as the last known Green Lantern and doubles as a struggling artist.  His manifestations with the ring are much more cartooney, and he is also the youngest Green Lantern of the four mentioned.  Kyle headlines for a while then joins Gardner as a trainer of Lanterns representing the fourth backup lantern for Sector 2814 (Earth).

(Top left) Kilowog, (middle left) Guy Garnder, (bottom left) John Stewart, (top right) Kyle Rayner, (bottom right) Hal Jordan

Just a quick mention in Green Lantern current events, then we will move onto movie talk.  Two series have spawned surrounding the idea of a “Lantern Corps”.  Blackest Night is the story of the “Black Lantern Corp” which is reanimated corpses for an evil plot to kill the universe.  Brightest Day is the immersion of a “White Lantern Corps”, which is a revival of a number of DC heroes who were dead and  continues a struggle against a not quite gone Black Lantern Corps.  The most interesting fact about these two series is the unveiling of a number of different colored Corps ranging from Red (Rage), Orange (Avarice), Yellow (Fear), Green (Will), Blue (Hope), Indigo (Compassion), Violet (Love), Black (Death), and White (Life).

Now, on to Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan.  I’m kind of excited/hope they don’t royally fuck it up.  From what I can piece together, Parallax may play a part, and Sinestro is definitely still a Green Lantern during Jordan’s beginning.  They seem to be billing Reynolds’ Jordan as a coming of age tale where he finds responsibility in becoming the Green Lantern.  I can’t say too much, because there isn’t to much to go on yet, but  I am excited for better or for worse.

Go, go CGI Lantern!!!

That’s all folks!  If I missed something you find incredibly important, please, do not put a hit on my head and just ask me to edit.  Also, if anything is confusing contact me via comments or if you know me call me up, and I’ll do my part to clarify.

EDIT: Thanks to the comment an error on my part has been fixed.

Your humble servant,

Tucker Paul Stempler

P.S.

In brightest day, in blackest night,

No evil shall escape my sight

Let those who worship evil’s might,

Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!

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    • Mason
    • June 10th, 2011

    That isn’t Abin Sur in the upper left corner of the 3rd picture it’s Kilowog.

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