Yesterday we saw the release of the most recent DC Animated film, All-Star Superman (which I reviewed over here) and boom, just like that we’ve got the trailer for the next film. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights will be an anthology of tales, much like Batman: Gotham Knights, and will tell the stories of six of the most famous Green Lanterns. And apparently if any more animated films come out with ‘Knights’ in the title expect much of the same, at least that’s my guess. Most importantly this film is finally giving us Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan, something fans have been squawking about for some time. I understand he’s too old to play Hal in a feature film, like the new Green Lantern coming this summer, but come on! Ryan Reynolds already had a super hero movie he needed to make, Deadpool. Which I hope still happens even with him putting on the green ring.
This trailer is heavy with the animated action and looks like it’ll be great collection of Green Lanterns, including Abin Sur (Arnold Vosloo), Sinestro (Jason Issacs), Kilowog (Henry Rollins) and Arisia (Elizabeth Moss). I’m really impressed by this line-up of actors, especially Arnold Vosloo as Abin Sur. He recently did the voice of Black Adam in Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam and was phenomenal. You may know him better as the Mummy from The Mummy films, go figure. And who plays a better baddie than Jason Issacs? Come on, Lucius Malfoy, that dick British officer in The Patriot, he just makes villains so easy to love.
Watch the trailer below and lets us know if you’re as excited as I am! I mean, this looks way better than the summer release of Green Lantern, just saying.
Now before you start trashing message boards and going on an internet rage streak this isn’t a last minute change to the Green Lantern movie. It’s too late for that now and Ryan Reynolds looks way better as Hal Jordan any how. Nathan Fillion will be Hal Jordan, but only as part of the next Green Lantern animated feature, the highly anticipated Green Lantern: Emerald Nights. The Captain of the Firefly putting down the space cowboy suit and putting on the emerald ring, now that’s going to be awesome.
In Green Lantern: Emerald Nights Fillion will take the reigns as Hal Jordan training new recruit Arisia, voiced by Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men fame. This won’t be a full length feature as the film is a bunch of shorts, in the style of Batman: Gotham Knight. Each one will will be a different story and animation style. As for who else will be in it, it can be confirmed that Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter series), Kelly Hu (X2, The Vampire Diaries), wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and singer/actor Henry Rollins. As for his role in Emerald Nights, Fillion commented “I was always reading the comic books, I was always a spectator. Now I feel like I own a little piece of Green Lantern.”
Green Lantern: Emerald Nights, is due out on DVD on June 7th from Warner Animation.
For the bastards out there think Nathan Fillion should have been cast as Hal Jordan, take a look at this old fan-made trailer. It’ll be the only time you’ll get a proper Fillion/Lantern fix.
It’s been a while since I viewed that trailer and, Holy spit! , I forgot how awesome it was. It actually looks just as good the official trailer with Ryan Reynolds. Excitement shudders down my spine a bit more too.