Word came down to /Film yesterday from a supposedly reliable source that the Green Lantern suit in the Martin Campbell/Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie, aka Touched By An Alien, would be almost wholly computer generated. Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds’ abs will still made of rainbows and puppy kisses.
The suit that Ryan wears on set is a grey tracking motion/performance capture suit with LED lights. The Green Lantern suit you will see in the final film will be almost entirely created using computers.
Ngila Dickson, the costumer designer on the film who previously won an Academy Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was tasked with trying to find a way to do something that stands apart from all of the other superheroes spandex suit designs we’ve seen in the past. The Green Lantern suit is something that should look alien — it needs to seem other worldly. It encompasses any creature that wears the ring, and Hal Jordan is the first human to ever wear the suit. [ /Film]
The nerds are probably going to be a sea of agitated man-boobs over this one, and I’m not a fan of motion-capture or CGI costumes either — they almost never look good as well-done real-world effects — but if this movie turns out lame (and there’s a pretty good chance of that), it won’t be because of this in and of itself. There was plenty of CG in Spider-Man (and yeah, a lot of it looked pretty lame), but there was also Dr. Octopus in Spider-Man 2, and he’s probably my favorite part of any comic-book movie. Plus, it just makes sense that an alien would come from outer space to put a ring on Ryan Reynolds and make him get dressed in front of a computer. Hey, instead of CG, did anyone consider putting him in a costume that’s mostly KY? That could be cool. The bad guys would have trouble grabbing onto him because he’d be so slippery, and then they’d probably giggle a lot.