GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
CAST: Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Tricia Helfer, & Michael Madsen
WRITTEN BY: Alan Burnett
DIRECTED BY: Lauren Montgomery
RUNTIME: 77 Minutes
GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT = TRAINING DAY with superheroes.
And it works magnificently!
GL:FF is the fifth of these Warner Bros. Animation/DC Comics PG-13 animated films -- following SUPERMAN DOOMSDAY, JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER, BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHT, and WONDER WOMAN. And like its predecessors, it’s a top-notch quality production.
I kinda think they’re on to something here with these movies. Anyway...
This won’t make sense, but it’s the truth. GL:FF is a straight up origin story that doesn’t spend a lot of time on the origin. The transformation of test pilot Hal Jordan (Christopher Meloni) into a Green Lantern only takes up the first four minutes of the film. The rest of the story involves the TRAINING DAY-like story of Sinestro (Victor Garber) taking Hal under his wing and showing him the GL ropes.
Oh yeah, this Sinestro is also a corrupt GL who is secretly out to destroy the Guardians of the Universe and become the leader of a reorganized GL Corps.
Will this rookie GL stand up to his mentor or join him? Is Sinestro the only rogue GL or does he have evil allies within the Corps? What sort of conspiracy caused the death of Abin Sur? Will the Guardians and the rest of the Corps ever accept this “human” as a GL?
The answer to all those questions are answered in 77 action-packed minutes!
I was really impressed by the voice cast of GL:FF. Meloni did a nice job bringing his sarcastic personality to the cocky Hal Jordan. Michael Madsen was spot on as Kilowog. And Garber was simply outstanding as the wicked Sinestro. Garber provided the character with the arrogance and an air of superiority needed for the character.
As far as the animation, if you’ve seen the previous films of this series (sans BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHT), then you know exactly what you are getting. What they’ve been doing is a step or two above the TV stuff (JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, etc.) and a notch below something you’d see today as a big screen animated feature. Regardless, good work here by all the artists involved.
When it comes to special features, the Blu-ray edition (Which I reviewed -- it’s all Blu-ray for me these days!) bills itself as having over 4 hours of extras -- and it does. Amongst the extras is an update on Green Lantern in the comics, a early look at SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES, features on the GL mythos, a “behind the scenes” look at GL:FF, and bonus cartoons -- including The Green Loontern” episode of the DUCK DODGERS TV series.
If you are a Green Lantern fan, this film is a must-have. Another other hand, if you are fan of the superhero movie genre -- like me -- you’re definitely going to want to pick up GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT as it features a talented cast, good animation, lots of action, and an entertaining story.