Green Lantern: First Flight (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
by Directed by Lauren Montgomery
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Blu-ray ISBN/ITEM#: B0021AENJG
Date: 24 August 2009 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
To me Hal Jordan as drawn by co-creator/artist Gil Kane and subsequently the team of artist Neal Adams and writer Denny O'Neil was the definitive Green Lantern of Earth and every successor simply could not wield Jordan's ring as effectively.
Having watched and enjoyed this year's animated Wonder Woman from Warner Premiere, as well as the trailer for Green Lantern: First Flight, I was eager to watch the Blu-ray version and see if they stayed true to Hal Jordan's roots.
Alan Burnett (written by)
Christopher Meloni ... Hal Jordan / Green Lantern (voice)
Victor Garber ... Sinestro (voice)
Tricia Helfer ... Boodikka (voice)
Michael Madsen ... Kilowog (voice)
John Larroquette ... Tomar Re (voice)
Green Lantern: First Flight
Behind The Story
BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: I Am The Ring
CM: Listening to this eclectic group talking about mythology and religion; the magic ring; talisman; Wonder Woman's lasso; Merlin, Arthur and the Sword in the Stone; Harry Potter; and Popeye the Sailor was one of the best featurettes on the Blu-ray disc.
CM: According to Wikipedia the visual appearance of Sinestro was based upon British actor David Niven, but to me, Sinestro looks like Mephistopheles had possessed Niven and was suitably malevolent. Looking at him, I wonder how the Guardians could have been so naive about him. That said, I did enjoy learning more about his back story here.
The Guardians of the Universe
CM: Interesting but not earth shattering.
CM:In this film noir, we see how Superman views Batman and vice versa.
I know I'm being very subjective in my tastes, but I strongly dislike the original artwork of Ed McGuinness and all of his superheroes who look like steroid abusers on the verge of fatal heart attacks. They all look like they have a little blood in their steroid streams.
That said, the superheroes in this animated film aren't nearly as over the top and I'm interested in seeing this film in hopes that the plot makes me forget about the artwork.
From Graphic Novel To Original Animated Movie - Justice League: The New Frontier
CM: An interesting feature where Darwyn Cooke, the writer and artist of Justice League - The New Frontier, discusses serving as story and visual consultant on the animated movie based on his book. From initial doubts as to whether they could compress his story into a 75 minute film to pleasure that the producers had succeeded, you can hear Cooke's pride in both versions of his work.
Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess
CM: Listening to the origins of the character of Wonder Woman was great, but hearing the story of William Moulton Marston, the man who created her was fascinating. Not only did he create the fictitious Lasso of Truth, in real life he also created the first lie detector, an invention inspired by his wife's observations. Marston was a much more established writer than most comic book artists, the result of having been brought up in a classical literary tradition steeped in Greco-Roman history which he drew upon for Wonder Woman. Simply put, this segment rocks and it made me want to watch the movie again.
Batman Gotham Knight: An Anime Revolution
Blackest Night: The DC Comics Event (Coming in July 2009)
CM:Resurrecting dead superheroes like the Martian Manhunter, Earth 2 Superman, and Barry Allen (Flash) as zombies who are aware of what they are. Since I'm not really a fan of the horror genre, I'll give this a pass.
Duck Dodgers: "The Green Loontern"
Since I loved watching Green Lantern: First Flight and I've already admitted that I really liked I Am The Ring, listed as the one Blu-ray exclusive feature, this Blu-ray disc with downloadable Digital Copy is an absolute must own for anyone who knows the post-1940s version of the Green Lantern oath:
"In brightest day, in blackest night,