Green Lantern Gets an Official Plot Synopsis, Official Villain

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Via the blokes at CBM, here’s your first look at the official synopsis for Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Green Lantern” movie, starring Ryan Reynolds. Besides the epic movie from director Martin Campbell in 2011, you can expect a new “Green Lantern” animated TV series and possibly another direct-to-DVD movie in front (or around) the same time as the movie’s release.

Bringing the enduringly popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, “Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, under the direction of Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”).

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.

Campbell directs “Green Lantern” from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg, story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.

The film also stars Blake Lively (upcoming “The Town,” TV’s “Gossip Girl”) as the spirited Carol Ferris, a test pilot and the heir apparent to her father’s aviation company; Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education,” “Flightplan”) as scientist Dr. Hector Hammond; Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) as Sinestro, Jordan’s powerful mentor in the Green Lantern Corps; Jay O. Sanders (“Revolutionary Road”) as Carl Ferris, Carol’s aircraft designer dad; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars” Episodes II and III) as Abin Sur, Jordan’s alien predecessor; Taika Waititi (TV’s “The Flight of the Conchords”) as flight navigator Tom Kalmaku, Hal’s good friend and confidante; Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as enigmatic government scientist Amanda Waller; and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as Hector’s influential father, Senator Robert Hammond.

The film is currently scheduled for release in 3D and 2D on June 17, 2011. “Green Lantern” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

So … Green Lantern vs. Parallax. As I recall, Parallax was an alien parasite of some sort (pic above) that made ol Hal Jordan go nuts and kill the entire Green Lantern Corp. But of course the really tragic thing is that it also gave Jordan premature grey hair (pic below), which is, you know, not that attractive for a superhero with a green fetish.

Anyways, that’s not mentioning the menace of the big-headed Hector Hammond. And of course there’s ol Sinestro hanging around in the background…

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  • Bill

    If Parallax is the enemy for Hal and the Corps to fight in the first movie, that would just kill it for me. Parallax was imprisoned in the central power battery, and it was his imprisonment there that made the rings useless against the color yellow. When Hal destroyed the Corps and absorbed the energies of the central power battery, he absorbed the Parallax entity, as well (who was influencing him through his ring, anyway). From my understanding, Parallax came way before Hal ever put on a ring. Shoving him into the picture when Hal first becomes a Green Lantern just seems wrong. There's so much they can do to leave room for sequels. Why not have him fight Legion in the first movie? I'm fine with Hector Hammond, too. Sinestro needs to be a GL in the first movie because his relationship with Hal is important to the character. Maybe I'm just too much of a purist.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    You're not thinking in terms of adaptations, time contraints and years of conitnuity.
    The movie universe will NOT be the comic universe. They will always be different when it comes to comics unless it's an adpatation of a graphic novel or story-arc.
    That said I do believe Sinestro will be a GL in the first film and won't make the turn. Don't know how big a part Hammond will play, and then there's the slip by Blake Lively about her possibly being Star Saphire. Soo there's already alot going on.

    As for Parallax, actually I think they're going this route as to NOT have the Hal as Parallax thing. It may come up in a later movie, but this may be when they actually trap him in the Battery, giving the weakness to yellow, and prompting Sinestro to go rogue. I think changing storylines for films and cartoons and such is acceptible as long as it's done well, and the characters are still recgonizeable, and the story being told still works for that character, and it doesn't seem completely crazy like Batman in Space or something.

  • Bill

    If Parallax is the enemy for Hal and the Corps to fight in the first movie, that would just kill it for me. Parallax was imprisoned in the central power battery, and it was his imprisonment there that made the rings useless against the color yellow. When Hal destroyed the Corps and absorbed the energies of the central power battery, he absorbed the Parallax entity, as well (who was influencing him through his ring, anyway). From my understanding, Parallax came way before Hal ever put on a ring. Shoving him into the picture when Hal first becomes a Green Lantern just seems wrong. There's so much they can do to leave room for sequels. Why not have him fight Legion in the first movie? I'm fine with Hector Hammond, too. Sinestro needs to be a GL in the first movie because his relationship with Hal is important to the character. Maybe I'm just too much of a purist.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    You're not thinking in terms of adaptations, time contraints and years of conitnuity.
    The movie universe will NOT be the comic universe. They will always be different when it comes to comics unless it's an adpatation of a graphic novel or story-arc.
    That said I do believe Sinestro will be a GL in the first film and won't make the turn. Don't know how big a part Hammond will play, and then there's the slip by Blake Lively about her possibly being Star Saphire. Soo there's already alot going on.

    As for Parallax, actually I think they're going this route as to NOT have the Hal as Parallax thing. It may come up in a later movie, but this may be when they actually trap him in the Battery, giving the weakness to yellow, and prompting Sinestro to go rogue. I think changing storylines for films and cartoons and such is acceptible as long as it's done well, and the characters are still recgonizeable, and the story being told still works for that character, and it doesn't seem completely crazy like Batman in Space or something.

  • Legrande48

    I do not normally comment on things I read on the internet. I am a long time Green Lantern collector, and fan. I stopped collecting green lantern due too my disappointment in how the G.L. Series was being handled. The last straw for me was the whole Hal Jordan going crazy and becoming “PARALLAX” (echoing loudly) What would you do if your father, lets say, came out of the closet one day and started calling himself “The Maximator !!!!” or some other crazy name. I was stunned with the stupidity of it all. They had gone beyond what I could believe in, so I stopped reading. Now with Geoff Jones at the helm, they have found a plausible reasoning behind the whole “Parallax” ordeal. He has even gone further and re-invigorated the entire series with the “Blackest Night” series. I have once again been enthralled by my child hood super hero that at one time was more like a red headed step child of the comic industry. G.L. Got canceled for a few years due to lack of readership. So I know it was not just me that was upset with the series.

    All of this being said, I do not feel comfortable with the synopsis given. I would rather they stick to the basics, and keep everything down to earth a bit. The G.L. Series has done its best when it was delving into real life human issues. When G.L. Was coupled with Green Arrow and dealing with drug abuse they were at there pinnacle of excellence. When you have a power ring that can do anything you can will it to do, how do you deal with a good friend on drugs… The same way a man without the ring would.

    I have seen the new G.L. Movie/Cartoon “First Flight”. It emphasizes Hal Jordan as an everyday cop on the street. I liked this idea, and want to see it again. — yours truly —- Legrande48 —-

  • Legrande48

    My biggest gripe about Parallax is its name. You do not want to insult the intelligence of your readership. Do not go beyond what they can believe. I had a collection of approximately 350 Green Lantern comics that stopped with “Parallax” because of how Campy it sounded. I would have had the same reaction to him calling himself Cheese Head. That being said, “Stay away from Parallax !!!” for my sake at least. Please Please Please.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I agree to a point but I think that what they're trying to do is create a viable threat large enough to be epic. That said it's too soon for Parallax. Legion would have worked done right and had a very similar effect and past connection to the Guardians. But who knows maybe this is their way of setting up the Sinestro Corps to have an all out war in the next film. But don't worry Geoff Johns has his eye on the film.

  • Tommy

    Kilowog is indeed in the film. Enjoy!!!

  • Tommy

    Sinestro isn't a villain yet. We'll see some hints of his dissent from the corps., but he won't get “evil” until the second film.

  • Tommy knows ;-)

    You'll be pleased with the final result, Purity intact.
    The same people who saved GL from the scrap heap, created the story for this film. You're gonna love it.