Just in time for the live-action GREEN LANTERN film, comes an animated companion piece, GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS.
The film revolves around new GL recruit Arisia Rrab (Elizabeth Moss) who is joining the Corps just as Oa is about to be attacked by a former Lantern gone bad named Krona. So where does our fave GL, Hal Jordan (Nathan Fillion) fit in? Well, ‘ol Hal is really nothing more than the film’s narrator, leading the audience from one segment to another as he tells Arisia stories of the Green Lantern Corps. It’s via Hal’s tales that we learn about the history of the Corps along with Arisia. While there is a core story here (“What it means to be a Green Lantern“), GL:EK is actually more of an anthology consisting of a collection of GL tales.
Naturally, all prominent and fan-fave Green Lanterns are featured -- Kilowog (Henry Rollins), Abin Sur (Arnold Vasloo), Sinestro (Jason Isaacs) as well as the Guardians of the Universe and Oa.
Like 2008’s similar endeavor -- BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHT -- each segment has its own writers and directors. However, unlike BGK, the artwork and animation is consistent. It definitely has that “Timm-verse” thing going on, but there’s also an Anime influence as well.
Like I said, GL:EK is divided into segments/stories which are titled as follows: “The First Lantern,” “Kilowog,” “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize,” “Abin Sur,” and “Laira.” My faves of this bunch were “Kilowog,” “Abin Sur,” and “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize” -- which I thought was rather funny. (It was obvious to me that Mogo was a GL, but I didn’t know he was a, well, you know!)
I’m not sure how true Green Lanterns will feel about GL:EK, though I’ve got to think that they’ll enjoy it. However as a GL “rookie,” if you will, I found it to be not only quite entertaining, but very informative as well.
As far as “extras,” this may be the best package of ‘em so far included on any of these DCU animated films -- particularly on the Blu-ray copy that I was sent to review. The best of the extras in my opinion are…
* “Why Green Lantern Matters” - A cool discussion with GL guru Geoff Johns about the history of the character and the GL mythos.
* Movie commentary by Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio.
* A GREEN LANTERN digital comic book.
* An excerpt from an episode of BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD that featured the GL Corps and well as the complete episode “Revenge of the Reach!” (Which is an average episode Batman-wise, but is GL-heavy.) AND, most importantly…
* A VERY cool preview of the upcoming BATMAN: YEAR ONE animated film! Batman fans will certainly dig this, no doubt. Heck, I probably would have bought GL:GK just to see this!
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS certainly isn’t one of the best films in this series -- but I don’t think it was made to top its predecessors anyway. It’s main purpose is to help hype the upcoming live-action GREEN LANTERN flick. Nonetheless, it’s an enjoyable and well-done addition to the lot of DCU animated movies and probably worth buying just for the extras.
(GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS will be released on June 7th, 2011. CLICK HERE TO BUY!)
A life-long Batman fan, "Jett" is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM and resides in the great state of Texas.