Four minutes of The Green Lantern

My decision not to go to WonderCon seems to have been validated as the four minutes of Green Lantern footage WB screened there has now been released online (you can watch it below).  The Martin Campbell-directed DC Comics property starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively opens June 17th. The footage shows mostly what happens when the alien Abin-Sur (I don’t trust him, he sounds Moslem) comes to Earth and gives Ryan Reynolds his promise ring.  Ryan Reynolds is confused at first, but then he starts spontaneously saying the magical Green Lantern slam poem, which seems like it’s supposed to get us really excited, but how many people were actually into Green Lantern? Unless I’ve got a serious case of false consensus, I’d venture to say not a lot. Then he flies into space and meets some CGI people.  My favorite part is where his mask disappears and the alien guy says, “Your mask will appear when protection of your identity is required.”

Yes, because that inch and a half of green plastic around the cheekbones would make a person unrecognizable, even to his own mother.

Looks okay?  I guess?

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 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. [Apple]