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Monday, February 23, 2009

Green Lantern Movies!

So, let's see how well this new blog template handles multiple posts in one day! I'm outta control!

So, DC Comics' latest direct-to-video (DTV) animated film, Wonder Woman, comes out next week, and along with it comes the announcement of what their next DTV gem will be. And it will be....

Green Lantern!

The plot of the film will largely be an origin story, with the best known Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, receiving his power ring, receiving his training, and then ultimately having to bring in his power-mad mentor, Sinestro.

As is the usual case with these DC Comics DTV films, we have a star-studded voice cast. The celebrities are:

Christopher Meloni as Hal Jordan. Meloni, of course, is still best known as Detective Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Sinestro will be voiced by veteran Canadian character actor Victor Garber. Garber is still best-known to geeks the world over for playing Jennifer Garner's dad on Alias.

Kilowog, Hal Jordan's friend and fellow Green Lantern, will be voiced by veteran movie tough guy (and Quentin Tarintino regular) Michael Madsen.

And warrior woman Green Lantern Boodikka will be voiced by the pride of Donalda, Alberta, and the villanious Cylon Number Six, Tricia Helfer.

The director is Lauren Montgomery, who is quickly becoming one of the top creative forces on these DC Universe DTV films. She co-directed Superman: Doomsday, and is the director of Wonder Woman. Bruce Timm, who has overseen most DC comics animation for almost 20 years now, still holds authority as producer.

The Green Lantern DTV film is due out this summer.

Now this post is called Green Lantern movies for a good reason. It looks like Hal Jordan will also be coming to the big screen really soon.

A week or so ago, it was announced that Martin Campbell has been signed on to direct the live-action Green Lantern movie. Campbell is kind of like the franchise starter for the James Bond movies, having directed Pierce Brosnan's first film (GoldenEye) and Daniel Craig's first film (Casino Roayle). He also earned his superhero cred by directed the surprisingly good The Mask of Zorro and it's nowhere-near-as-good sequel The Legend of Zorro.

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