Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Willpower

I caught a screener of Thor earlier this week and expect to have my review up by tomorrow, but in the meantime, here's another look at an upcoming flick in that same vein. A month ago I posted the abbreviated version of the Green Lantern sizzle reel that played at Wondercon in San Francisco, and mentioned how it turned my opinion around about Warners' high-risk superhero epic. This new trailer, the first full one, repurposes much of the Wondercon footage and wraps it inside a slightly more polished sheen, giving me further cause to believe this will be a fun ride.

With all that said, I'm still wondering how well this will play beyond the comic book crowd that eats this stuff up anyway. I was talking to a friend this past weekend, a fellow GL enthusiast, who cited concerns about the film's aesthetic being overly fanciful and "out there" for mainstream auds, and he has a point. Part of what made Marvel's Iron Man, based on a similarly B-level character, find success in '08 was a real world grounding that helped it play beyond its base. If Green Lantern clears that hurdle, it'll do just fine, but whether it can is still an open question.

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