You may be enjoying the current trend of superhero movies, but they do suffer from a couple of key criticisms on a general basis aside from the quality of the individual films. For instance, superheroes in these films tend to be white, and male, and for the most part, their nationality tends to be American. The heroes themselves tend to be American, or the action predominately takes place in the United States, heck one of the Avengers is actually called Captain America. So Russia, apparently, is looking to address the imbalance with their own superhero movie. Prepare for the awe-inspiring might of the “Avengers of the East,” the mightiest heroes of the former of Soviet Union, The Guardians. (more…)
“Look out, it’s the GUARDIANS!”
Yes, that quote may be from The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, but it works perfectly here.
For those of you nerds NOT reading Green Lantern comics (seriously?), here is a low-down of who the Guardians are.
The Guardians are exactly as the name describes them, guardians of life, freedom and prosperity on their home planet of Oa. They created the Green Lantern Corps and the rings used by its members to patrol the galaxy. They do not choose the guardians, but (at least in the comics) the rings search out beings with the willpower to overcome great fear.
Here’s the synopsis of the film:
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
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