What? Am I really the first to start the thread on Green Lantern, the movie?
I don't even get to use my disclaimer that I'm posting without having read anyone else's comments in the thread first ...
I liked the movie. Sure it had a few issues. They were trying to fit a lot in. I thought it worked for the most part. The film accomplished what every film's goal should be, entertain the audience. I was entertained.
Blake Lively while very attractive, did really work for me as Carol Ferris. I liked Reynolds and rest of the cast though. There was a few "fake" looking CGI moments but overall I thought it looked pretty good.
While the fact that things from the page made it to screen is cool...for a movie to work, for me, the relationships between the characters have to feel a bit real-to-life. In other comic book movies, I could feel an actual connection between Superman and Lois, Logan and Rogue, Peter Parker and...well, a lot of people, and Bruce and Alfred. We are told that these people love or hate Hal Jordan in Green Lantern, but 1) we never really see why vis the story and 2) the quiet scenes are so clumsy, the actors don't get to show us either.
Parallax was a cool looking monster though.
One fanboy question...why the hell didn't the Guardians or Abin put up some warning signs to stay far away from where they imprisoned Parallax? Shouldn't there have been a GL guard there at all times?
Tomar-Re is from a fish species? All this time, I thought he was some kind of bird.
He is, and said so in the movie. He also said that while his species is avian in nature it does share some characteristics of Earth's ichthyes classification, or words to that effect. So, his species is kind of bird, kind of fish, but all alien!
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Regarding "why 3,600 Corps members?":
As I understand it, each team member is assigned a patrol of 0.1 degrees within a 360 degree sphere that fans out from Oa, which is the center of the sphere.
That means that each lantern member's sector is shaped like a never-ending apple wedge. The further away from Oa you are, the more there is to patrol. This would also mean that every one of the corpsmen are responsible for Oa as well as their sector.
It also helps explain why being a GL is so tough. You can't hope to protect your entire sector because it goes on for eternity!
On the flip side, that must mean that Oa is supposed to be super-duper safe, eh?
I also would suppose the division of these degrees is based on the magnetic poles of Oa as well, though I've never seen that particular aspect explained.
Aren't there 7,200 now? Still not enough to patrol the frickin' universe, but still...
7,200 is double 3,600, so they just have a "smaller" piece of infinity to patrol.
(Of course you can't really make infinity any smaller without expressing it as a formula.)
Okay, if there are 7,200 Green Lanterns, that's equal to 20 percent of the New York City Police Department. about a thousand more than the Philadelphia Police Department, and half as many as the Los Angeles Police Department. But at least if you call 9-1-1, they'll show up in 10 minutes. How long would it take a Green Lantern to arrive from the other side of his space sector?
I mean, when Abin Sur crash landed, nobody from the Green Lantern Corps came to help him!
The thing to remember is that the GL Corps aren't beat cops, even though that's the analogy they seem to be going for in the comics these days. They aren't there to stop "routine crime"; they are to counter interstellar threats that are beyond the scope of normal planetary defenses.
If you think about it, complaining there are only 7, 200 or 3,600 of them is like complaining that with only seven members, the JLA can't possibly prevent every mugging.
See, when I was a kid, I never thought of the Green Lantern Corps as cops. I always thought they were soldiers. Even in the movie, when Hal describes finding Abin Sur to his buddy Tom, he says, "He was wearing a uniform. I think he was a soldier."
It makes better sense to me because I see a cop's job and a soldier's job as very different things.
The Hollywood trades are already labeling it a flop.