Kicking off Cartoon Network’s “DC Nation” animated universe, Warner Bros. Television brings viewers a sneak peek of the upcoming “Green Lantern The Animated Series” in 2012 with a 60 minute pilot movie called “Beware My Power” on Nov. 11, 2011. My expectations for the animated series is pretty low, since previews of the CGI-generated series haven’t been exactly impressive. Well, developed by Bruce Timm and co-produced by the same folks who did “Ben 10” and “Teen Titans”, my curiosity had been awakened. Seems like this new animated series may have some ‘green energy’ around it after all.
Hal Jordan (voiced by Josh Keaton) is hotshot pilot who is a headache for Carol Ferris (Jennifer Hale) because of his recklessness. Unbeknownst to her, Hal is also a member of the Green Lantern Corp, a group of intergalactic cops led by the Guardians of the Universe. Called to duty because of some anomaly and deaths of certain Lanterns in a space sector that would take 18 months to reach, Hal and GL trainer Kilowog (Kevin Michael Richardson) take a ship called “Aya” (Grey DeLisle) so they could find the mystery behind the Green Lantern assassinations. What they find is something unexpected, as a new Corp had risen called “Red Lanterns” and they wield power rings based on a strange red energy.
As a sneak peek, this pilot movie begins with Hal already a Corp member, but no doubt his origins would be more fleshed out when the animated series launches in 2012. Comic fans would be right at home with this pilot movie, since they could easily connect the dots. As for non-readers of the GL comics, you won’t be lost at all since the story is pretty easy to follow. The pilot carries strong references to the recent events in the comics such as “Blackest Night” and even the animated movies such as “Emerald Knights” may indeed aid the non-fan into grasping the TV movie.
The story is pretty straight-forward. The film begins as a rescue mission and then it becomes a chase film with lots of ring-slinging action. I feel that this sneak peek is relying on fans to take interest, as the movie appears to reflect the possible theme, tone and premise of the entire series. I noticed that the series wasn’t really aimed for a child, though child-friendly, I thought it was bold for the direction to go on portraying the intended murder of an entire planet. It gives the series some needed credibility by raising the stakes in the narrative. It was so refreshing to see this after the disaster which was the recent Green Lantern movie with Ryan Reynolds. I enjoyed the way the movie seemed to have made an effort in giving a strong impression for Green Lantern fans. Themes of sacrifice and duty are rich in the film, and though the skills of Green Lantern Shyir was wanting, his heart was filled with righteousness and fortitude that defined a corps member.
The movie also introduces classic GL characters such as Ganthet, whose character was faithful to the source material as with his somewhat ’rogue’ attitude. We are also introduced to a red lantern called Razer (Jason Spisak) who may indeed play an important part in the upcoming series. I’ve always liked the chemistry and exchanges between Kilowog and Jordan; I loved it when Kilowog made fun of Jordan’s need to have a mask (hardly any 'poozer' name-calling though?). I thought it was a smart move to include cultural differences in each alien race. It was also nice to see the other Green Lanterns have private lives, and even a family. I do hope the series will expand on this in the future.
The animation work is quite good and the style carries influences from the Justice League animated series but with the CGI. The movements are fluid and smooth, the green light effects are spiffy and definitely aided with the camerawork, the pilot movie does give a good feeling of being in outer space. The action scenes are pretty cool, as Hal and Kilowog try to fight off the Red Lanterns led by Atrocitus (Jonathan Adams). There were times that Hal and Kilowog did get creative with the use of their rings, but I still felt that they spent too much time firing green force bolts. Character designs are pretty faithful to the source material but I do hope that they will improve on the details since some scenes looked a little more doll-like than I prefer. The action generated enough PG violence as it could muster, but I am sure once it gets the ball rolling, we’ll get to see more intense ring-slinging action.
Overall, this sneak peak was a successful one. It was able to set the tone and mood for fans so they can have an idea where the series will be headed. I am pretty sure that more details will be revealed in the series’ first season, and while this pilot was a little incomplete, it served well enough to build anticipation for fans of the emerald warrior. It does have something for everyone, and I am optimistic for the coming series.
I caught a sneak peek of one of the Green Lantern animated series episodes on Cartoon Network before its release in 2012. I wasn't expecting much, but I guess for a sneak peek, it proved to be interesting. The episode was called "Beware my Power" and deals with Hal Jordan and Kilowog's run-in with a new cadre of Lanterns whose rings are powered by a strange red energy. The details of the script could easily be connected by readers of the GL comic … more