Despite the often unfathomable levels of corniness, there’s something magical about the sci-fi-tastic stories of the Silver Age of comics. It’s particularly evident in the titles that rely very heavily on the science fiction concepts that were so en vogue throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s. And in the Silver Age, no one had more sci-fi cred than the Emerald Knight, Green Lantern.
Even in the earliest issues of the character’s Silver Age model, test pilot turned superhero Hal Jordan, Green Lantern was a book interested in otherworldly things. Aliens started to make their way in, and threats that we Earthlings couldn’t even fathom. Somewhere along the way Hal started meeting up with other Lanterns out there in the cosmos, and few are more memorable than chicken-faced, crest-headed Tomar-Re. Their first adventure, in Green Lantern #6 (May/June 1961), is among the more zany sci-fi adventures you’ll ever read, filled with spacey outlandishness, beams of green energy and some of the weirdest looking creatures you’ll ever meet.
The Green Lantern news just keeps on coming!
Adding to the news that broke earlier this week that Michael Clarke Duncan would be voicing the alien Kilowog in the upcoming Green Lantern movie, Deadline says that Geoffrey Rush has already provided the voice for Tomar-Re, an alien scientist who works alongside Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds). Rush is such an amazing actor, and will be amazing in the role.
So, unlike Kilowog, it appears that Tomar-Re is already voiced, which is a huge relief. But, it is still officially unconfirmed.
It is a little disconcerting that so much work is being done so close to the release date this summer. Hopefully, when a new trailer comes out soon, it will be able to raise my excitement for the movie.
What do you think?
Another day, another look at a possible CGI design for an alien Green Lantern for the upcoming movie. This time out, the folks at ComicBookMovie.com have what may or may not be the final design for Xudarian bird-dude, Tomar-Re.
Tomar-Re appeared way, way back in Green Lantern No. 6 in 1961, and was one of the most respected Lanterns despite failing spectacularly in one of his missions. How spectacularly? He was supposed to prevent a planet from exploding. Krypton. Yeah, that one.
I suppose if you have to screw up, inadvertently giving the galaxy one of its most powerful heroes is the way to go. We didn’t find out about his failure until years later in Superman No. 257.
Way to go, bird-brain.
He’s actually not doing too bad for a character who died almost 25 years ago in a Post-Crisis crossover. The fin-headed peckerface (I mean that in a supportive way, of course) bit the dust at the hands of Goldface. He chose John Stewart as his successor, and John’s ring returned to Hal Jordan, who had quit being Green Lantern around that time.
Yeah, for all the characters who appeared in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Hal Jordan and Green Lantern wasn’t one of them.
It will be interesting to see how they tackle the character, voice-wise. Last time around, he was voiced by John Larroquette of “Night Court” fame. That would be fine by me for this adaptation; Larroquette has also lent his pipes to the opening narration of the original (and remake of) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and he had plenty of sci-fi geek cred, as he played one of the Klingon crew in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.”
Regardless, with each successive revelation, this movie looks more and more promising.