Green Lantern: First Flight

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  • When Hal Jordan first becomes a Green Lantern, he is put under the supervision of senior Lantern, Sinestro, only to discover that his so-called mentor is part of a secret conspiracy that threatens the entire Green Lantern Corps. Format: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: ANIMATION Rating: PG-13 Age: 883929070633 UPC: 883929070633 Manufacturer No: 1000096626

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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 07/28/2009 Run time: 75 minutes Rating: Pg13Amazon.com
Green Lantern: First Flight is an animated and lively origin story about the transformation of test pilot Hal Jordan into a member of an intergalactic society watching over the universe. Flying an experimental jet one day, Jordan (voiced by Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’s Christopher Meloni) encounters a dying alien who is a Green Lantern protector of Ea… More >>

Green Lantern: First Flight

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  1. I was raised on the comics from the 40’s on. I don’t like animated (cartoon) and I won’t buy the video. Animated is for the kids.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I was raised on the cartoons from the 80s on. I love animated (cartoon) and I will buy the video. Animated is for cool people.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. I am a huge fan of Green Lantern, and so was extremely excited to hear that First Flight was the next DC Animated/Warner Premiere DVD. I own ALL of the DCA/WP films so far (including the Watchmen tie-in “Tales From the Black Freighter”) and have loved them all to varrying degrees. As of right now my favorites in order are Wonder Woman, New Frontier, Batman: Gotham Knights, Superman: Doomsday, and Black Freighter. This movie just changed that and re-affirmed why I love Green Lantern.

    First of all I’m a fan of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. I grew up watch Superfriends, and later Batman: The Animated series and New Adventures of Batman and Superman when Superman’s Cartoon came out and episodes interchanged between the two shows. Then was Batman Beyond and finally JL and JLU. WHEW! Well I always liked Green lantern and I was ecstatic when he first showed up on Superman, albeit as an amalgam of Hal and Kyle (Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner), with Kyle’s name and job but Hal’s hair and look. I was alittle put off when JL started and it was the John Stewart version, and was disapointed he barely made any constructs with the ring, but as I grew to love the show, I realized that’s not the way this John would do things. Finally on The Batman Hal Showed up proper, and yet was still a bit subdued in the use of the ring. But I always said he or any GL should have their own show or movie.

    And now they do. This animated version takes it to a new level though. With a brief cover of Hal’s origin (as we’ve already seen that mostly in New Frontier), this is a space epic, with a bit of Training Day thrown in with Hal as the rookie cop, and Sinestro taking him under his wing and showing him the ropes. You can guess where it goes from there. This movie has been called Training Day in space, and yeah that’s exactly what it is.

    Christopher Meloni and Vicotr Garber as Hal Jordan and Sinestro respectively, are awesome, but Garber steals the show. We really get a sense of his frustration and it’s very understandable. But Hal’s everyman qualities coupled with his sense of right balance his mentor out…at first. The cast is rounded out byt Michael Madsen voicing Kilowog, Tricia Helfer voicing Boodikka, and Kurtwood Smith voicing a different looking, but more dangerous Kanjar Ro.

    The art style is reminicent of the art in Wonder Woman, slightly more anime inspired but with a look that still says American toon. I believe the DCAUniverse (BTAS, Superman, Batman Beyond, JL/JLU) are as close to anime quality work that this country is going to get, and though it has evolved over the last 17 years or so, it has a definitive style. The blocky, angular look that bruce timm pioneered has now become a jumping on point for new art desgners to take that look and add a bit of extra detail. Comicbook artists Ed McGuiness and Clayton Henry are amazing examples of this.

    So should you see this movie? I don’t know, do you like sci-fi, cool heroes, and kick a$$ action? If yes then by all means buy this.

    As a bonus the preview for the next DCA/WP DVD is on there. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, based on the first arc of the comic of the same name written by Jeph Loeb, and drawn by the afore mentioned Ed Mcguiness. Another film I can’t wait for as, just with New Frontier, they’re mimicking McGuiness’ art.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I was really upset to find out the itunes digital copy is not included. Very bad move WB. Windows DRM is terrible, after binding the copy to your pc, good luck getting the license to work if you have to reinstall the OS! With itunes the DRM is tied to the account which then authorizes a device, much better. I’m disappointed in this new approach of windows only. The 1 star is therefore for the product, not the movie.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. I am a HUGE Green Lantern fan. I am a HUGE DCAU fan. I watched this movie, as a long time fan, with two friends who knew almost nothing about Green Lantern and comics in general. We all thoroughly hated it. None of us made it to the end of the movie. It is $30 and 70 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. I’m still trying to figure out what went so horribly, horribly wrong with this movie.

    First, the script by Alan Burnett was awful. Great, they didn’t spend a lot of time on the origin story, but this movie is called “First Flight”. You would think it SHOULD be an origin story. And the origin of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern is a really good one. Very rich and well-developed and even recently re-envisioned by the amazing Green Lantern comic genius Geoff Johns. Was any of that here? No. Instead they took a great origin story and made it stupid, clumsy, and almost entirely non-sensical.

    Instead of becoming Green Lantern and getting indoctrinated into the Green Lantern Corps which has been shown, again and again, to be interesting, Hal Jordan is basically beyond expert with his ring immediately, as tho he was born into it. They ruined Abin Sur’s death story. While Sinestro’s transition from Green Lantern to the evil Sinestro is handled well (Sinestro is the real star of this movie, Hal Jordan is just a flat cardboard backdrop), the creation of the Yellow Battery and how that all plays out is completely ridiculous.

    All of the plot/script failures pale in comparison to the clumsy, fumbling direction by Lauren Montgomery. I’m not sure where they dug her up, but the physical action – which is the bulk of this movie – makes no sense. Lanterns do stupid, extremely repetitive things with their rings. When they interact with the real world the objects behave in ways that completely defy all laws of physics (for instance shooting the wing off a descending starship that then lands precariously on the opposite wing, suddenly changes direction 90 degrees, and then skids away skimming along the top of the ground like a giant rolllerblade).

    Bruce Timm, who has been an amazing producer for the DCAU was clearly not present in this production at all. He must have only provided funding and no oversight whatsoever on this project. Bruce, this tarnishes your name which was previously held in the highest regard. Watch out, Bruce. Attaching your name to this kind of garbage will ruin your reputation.

    Please don’t watch this movie! If you know Green Lantern it’ll ruin it for you. If you don’t know Green Lantern, it’ll ruin it for you. If you have to watch it, whatever you do, don’t actually spend money on it. If you know someone who did (like me), please mock them mercilessly for being such an idiot.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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