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After bravely reattaching his severed arm, Ryan Reynolds makes his first appearance as Green Lantern on the cover of this week’s Comic-Con edition of EW. Thor, Tron and other geektastic stories also await within. (Click for an even bigger version.)

While Ryan Reynolds’ shoulder injury this week was reported to be serious at first, it’s now said to be minor. Still, according to Splash Page, the Green Lantern shoot has been very physical:

Reynolds’ separated shoulder isn’t the first reported injury from the set of “Green Lantern.” In March, stuntman Jeff Wolfe revealed that he had dislocated his left shoulder on the set, but was well enough to participate in “another action sequence 12 hours after they popped [the shoulder] back in.”

Actress Blake Lively previously weighed in on the very physical “Green Lantern” shoot, explaining that “the fights [are] close and dirty.”
“I’m 40 feet in the air, spiraling around,” she described. “That’s the best workout you can ever do because it’s all core. You do that for ten minutes and you should see your body the next day! It’s so exhilarating, so thrilling — and nauseating.”

UPDATE: Splash Page has some early reaction, including the entirely-CGI GL costume’s resemblance to a giant ribbed condom, and also, those disturbing milky pupils:

I appreciate the effort being made to give Reynolds the blank-eyed look, but I wish they wouldn’t add pupils into the mix. If the character’s eyes were purely white, that would be one thing, but the very noticeable pupils aren’t doing it for me. It’s like putting nipples on the Batsuit, except not that extreme. Nothing is that extreme.


We agree, except that if the pupils were absent, we’d be dealing with Little Orphan Annie, and that would be bad.

Comments

  1. No gloves, no sale. But then I’m oldschool.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not Feel’n it!

  3. Caged Wisdom says:

    You’d think the one lesson Warner Bros. could take from the success of the Marvel movies would be that you don’t have to fuck with the comics version of the costume when translating it to a movie screen. I guess they just can’t help themselves.

  4. All I keep seeing is a green version of Slim Goodbody…

  5. Kevin Hynes says:

    Kyle Rayner?!

  6. enjonze says:

    What do superhero movie designer have against FABRIC? First Thor–a Norse God–in some sort of plastic-looking armour, now this. Just because you can do things with CGI, doesn’t mean you should.

    IMHO, best superhero costume in the last decade was FF’s the Thing (though I wish they’d used the ridged forehead version we’ve come to love). That was a terrific suit. And enhanced slightly by CGI dust when he moved, to simulate the rocky plates grinding against each other. Too bad the two films were dreadful. Similarly, the costumes in Hellboy were terrific.

    There is a tendency towards TOO MUCH detail in design in films these days. Spider-Man’s costume didn’t need all the piping. Superman’s costume didn’t need all the sparkly detail and teeny “S”s making up the big “S”. And though not constumes per se, look how overly complicated the Transformers are.

  7. James W says:

    I think it would be better served by looking much, much less like the comic book design. The mask makes no sense – get rid of it. The glowing vein-like details are a step in the right direction, but everything else looks like your standard moulded rubber fare, making the whole CGination redundant.

  8. Caged Wisdom says:

    “I think it would be better served by looking much, much less like the comic book design.”

    While we’re at it, do we really need a ring? I mean, can’t we just make him fire energy beams out of his eyes or his fingernails?

    If you’re going to adapt a source, stay true to the source. There’s a reason that the character is beloved by so many. There’s no need to change that to appeal to a broader audience. If you want something completely different, write an original movie.

    I agree with enjonze – the trend of overly detailed character design needs to stop. Keep the lines simple and clean. You don’t see the designers of Mad Men adding epaulets to the men’s suits just to keep audiences entertained for a few seconds longer. We’re not cats, we don’t need dangly shiny things waved at us to keep our attention.

  9. Kevin Hynes says:

    Imagine the annoying uproar if he didn’t have a mask…

  10. John Warren says:

    “We’re not cats, we don’t need dangly shiny things waved at us to keep our attention.”

    Sadly, based on the number of people I see looking at their phones during movies, I think you’re wrong. Modern humans have no attention span at all.

  11. “What do superhero movie designer have against FABRIC?”

    Too true.

  12. Brett says:

    Not feelin’ it. Looks like the green version of what Oldman wore in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

  13. Kevin Hynes says:

    Being a huge John Stewart fan I really hope there’s a “whitening” of characters for Hollywood article that sites Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern as an example. I think it’s great that some kids growing up think that the main GL is Stewart.

  14. Brett says:

    The armor, that is.

  15. Justin Harman says:

    I would think that the strange “vein” details would be causing more of an uproar than his mask-

  16. WallyStrong says:

    This hurts. It really, really hurts. I mean, I’m experiencing Batman & Robin level pain here. It’s just terrible.

  17. Kevin Hynes says:

    Maybe since the costume doesn’t actually “exist” maybe they’ll tweak it a bit in post production if outcry is bad.

  18. Tom Spurgeon says:

    I bet that’s not even a real magic ring!

  19. MRSNUFFLES says:

    While your at it, just add some metallic nipples

  20. This is blowful. Like Hollywood took a big streaming dump on Gil Kane’s classic design.

    Up your’s Hollywood. I’ll keep my money. I hope your latest summer blockbuster turd bombs hard.

  21. If I had a magic ring that could create a uniform from nothing, I wouldn’t opt for fabric…

    Fabric on a superhero … a form fitting, body glove fabric costume on a superhero … doesn’t look that good. It wrinkles and pulls and suggests “long johns”. As for the white gloves… was Hal inspired by Jackie Kennedy?

  22. Rob J. says:

    The eyes work, IMO. The ribbed-thing and the lack of the black cut-outs on the sides do not.

    Terrible costume, but OTOH, it’s entirely CGI, which means that when the costume tests badly, it can be totally rerendered in post.

    — Rob

  23. Ooooh, I wondered where they put that Phantom costume when Billy Zane was done with it. Nice green paint job.

  24. In the case of GL – the CGI costume fit works for me. Just need to tweak and add the black to streamline the figure ala Gil Kane. The mask is GL to me, especially one that fits without support. White pupils works for me, however since it is CGI – why the need for the green makeup around the ocular socket? It would be cooler if the mask completely surrounded the eyes. I can grok the white streaks of light emanating from the lantern emblem like small sparks or comets, they can emphasize the ring at work or GL weakening, etc.

  25. “Splash Page has some early reaction, including the entirely-CGI GL costume’s resemblance to a giant ribbed condom…”

    LOL! Really?

    I’m okay with the costume. I think they’re attempting to go for a “TRON” kind of thing…painting with light and all that, so points to WB for attempting something beyond fabric. I’ll be interested to see how it plays out on screen…and letting the fanboys duke out the “white gloves or no white gloves” question. Reminds me of the equally silly “mechanical web-shooters vs. organic web-shooters” tempest during the ramp-up to the first Spider-Man movie.

  26. Kevin Hynes says:

    Don’t remind me of the web shooters debate, it still comes back to me like a ‘Nam flashback.

  27. Synsidar says:

    Here is a Green Lantern Spandex and Lycra costume. The CGI costume looks better, IMO.

    No fabric costume could be as form-fitting as the ones in the comics are, and if they were perfectly form-fitting, the wearer’s skin would be stressed and the fabric would be stressed as well. I doubt that any real fabric could outline a hero’s abs like the costumes in comics do. Coloring the costumes into place on nude bodies instead of drawing actual clothing makes a difference.

    A good functional costume would have nanostrands of vibranium woven into it, so that the fabric could absorb shocks. That wouldn’t necessarily change the appearance of a costume, but could create a metallic appearance.

    SRS

  28. I’m not sold on the mask it looks kind of off to me, but aside from that the actual costume looks pretty good. The real test will be when it’s actually on screen and you see Ryan flying around and making constructs that’s when we’ll really be able to tell if it works or not.

  29. I’m totally with you, Kevin Hynes. Meanwhile, my idiot 18-year-old cousin, when I was last visiting, complained TWICE that “they made Green Lantern black” in the Justice League cartoon, and refused to listen to me explaining to him that John Stewart was created in the goddamn 70s. Of course this kid also complained about how “everyone” in The Last Airbender was Indian (he wasn’t reassured by the fact that “everyone” was in fact just “most of the villains). So that’s what we’re mostly dealing with when it comes to that stuff.

  30. I also agree that he looks like Kyle, for that matter! I didn’t even notice at first that you’d also posted that.

  31. Looks like Adam Power.

  32. I don’t think I’ll ever quite understand fanboy rage. Why things like a lack of white gloves or “fabric” are such game killers. All in all, it looks like a Green Lantern costume to me. Heck, the ring and the symbol look right and that’s WAY more than I expected.

  33. “While we’re at it, do we really need a ring? I mean, can’t we just make him fire energy beams out of his eyes or his fingernails? If you’re going to adapt a source, stay true to the source.”

    The source isn’t “average dons bright white gloves, becomes Green Lantern.”

  34. I hope the fanboys love white gloves meme never dies.

  35. James W says:

    Actually, looking at the larger image (and considering the fury of purists) it’s maybe not as superhero-y as it looked at first glance. The mask is still terrible, though.

    I’m curious as to how they’ll handle the feet? If they keep the anatomical thing consistent, they might look a bit dainty, but if they give him something more like a boot… he might look like a naked guy in boots.

  36. No, the fanboys are right, because if he’s not wearing bright, fabric-made white gloves, he obviously isn’t Green Lantern. Because that’s what makes him Green Lantern, those stupid gloves.

  37. I dig the suit, but the mask looks… off. It might look better without pupils too.*

    My (bad) photoshop job of a pupil-less GL. -> http://i26.tinypic.com/5lv5s8.jpg

    …and it could’ve been worse, right? -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Justice_League_of_America.JPG

  38. the costume looks okay, but that mask looks terrible. the eyes look okay, but I think if you used an actual mask, like the mask design from Batman & robin, and made it Green this would be perfect.

  39. Brett says:

    I love how some people take such pleasure in degrading fellow readers by calling them ‘fanboys’, as if these mooks belong to a class and breed above them.

    Maybe we should start calling them ‘Fanmen’

    Because they’re so much more grown up.

  40. “I love how some people take such pleasure in degrading fellow readers by calling them ‘fanboys’, as if these mooks belong to a class and breed above them.”

    Because we don’t believe things HAVE to be one way or the other, and especially not “it needs to be exactly like this because that’s the way it’s always been on flat pieces of paper.”

  41. Believe you’re opinion is so much better and above everyone elses, you have the right to degrade other readers.

    Preach on, fanman.

  42. Everyone’s mentioning the white gloves, but why is no one noticing the lack of the black areas of the GL costume? With the black parts AND the white gloves both missing, he’s just wearing one big glowy sinewy condom!

    He looks like he’s wearing the yellow cybernetic bodysuit that Iron Man wears UNDER the armor. That alone doesn’t make a good costume either.

  43. “Believe you’re opinion is so much better and above everyone elses, you have the right to degrade other readers.”

    What you wrote doesn’t make sense, but I think I know what you’re attempting to say.

    I’m not “degrading” you. I’m telling you that your argument is weak. White gloves don’t make Green Lantern who he is. It’s not part of the CHARACTER. And the lack of white gloves isn’t going to ruin a movie adaptation.

    And keep in mind, that’s what this is: an ADAPTATION.

  44. Go ahead, beleive your opinion is so above everyone elses that you have the right to degrade others.

    This site does not have an edit option but you do get the picture. And your not insulting me, I wasn’t complaining about white gloves.

    But justifying yourself for calling other people names makes even less sense. Because if you think calling other fellow readers insulting, degrading terms like ‘fanboy’ makes you attractive, keep on rockin’.

    And people wonder why the general public maintains a safe distance from the comic reading community. Because everyone wants to join a community that has no respect for its own members.

  45. So how many True Fans complained about Hal Jordan’s outfit in the “First Flight” DVD?

  46. Once again, I haven’t “degraded” others.

    But of course I think I’m right. Why would I put forth my opinion if I didn’t think I was right?

    Please stop your whining and grow a pair. It’s a film adaptation of a comic book that we haven’t seen any actual footage of yet.

  47. Stephen says:

    >>As for the white gloves… was Hal inspired by Jackie Kennedy?

    No, it was inspired by the design sense of Gil Kane, who wanted white gloves in order to make the green ring stand out brighter on the page. This isn’t hard to understand, people.

  48. Stephen, that was in jest… although I wonder… did the Birds of Prey TV show use Black Canary’s fishnets?

    So… I can understand using the white gloves to highlight the ring… but there are many instances in cartoons and comics where Green Lanterns (including Hal Jordan) did not use the white gloves. As Synsider pointed out, the classic Hal Jordan Green Lantern costume is kinda cheesy.

    I just want the best version to hit the screen. It’s an adaptation, which means it’s a chance to improve on a character which has been around for over fifty years.

  49. “it was inspired by the design sense of Gil Kane, who wanted white gloves in order to make the green ring stand out brighter on the page.”

    And a movie doesn’t have any pages, so the gloves no longer serve any function.

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