Greetings, gentle readers.
If you read the last post (Asthma: Bad. Comics: Good.) then you know I have a newfound source for all things comics; friend and fellow film student, John.
John has an issue with what I said about the first Green Lantern trailer that was released (see post: To See, or Not to See?). For those of you who are too lazy to click on the hyperlink, I said the following:
I don’t know what it is about DC versus Marvel in the movies but, to me anyway, it seems like Marvel does a better job adapting their heroes and villains to the times. I mean, did you see who the Green Lantern’s up against? Couldn’t they have made it less…Sketchy-Mad-Scientist-With-Huge-Foredhead-From-The-1950s? This is not timeless. This doesn’t translate well to the screen.
Now, if they had shown it as a comedy (like the end of the trailer, with the suit–by the way: wtf?) I might have considered giving it a shot. But first, it’s a drama. Then it’s a–weird thing I don’t even know how to describe. And then, a couple jokes.
Is anyone else horribly confused by this? Does anyone else plan on paying &7.50 to see this in theaters? I don’t.
I believe his reaction was something along the lines of “watch the new trailer” and then post a retraction. First of all, a retraction is a formal withdrawal of a statement, usually under some kind of pressure, when you say that you were incorrect and your statement was false. As the above was a personal opinion expressed in blog form, I can’t really retract it.
I can, however, either correct or clarify. The question is: which is this?
A corrective would be, “a publishable story that acknowledges an error in the story and sets the record straight;” a clarification is, “a publishable story used to clarify or expand upon a precious story, which, while factually correct, may be unfair or subject to misinterpretation.” (definitions taken directly from my wonderful, trusty old friend The AP Stylebook, 2009. Consider that your journalism lesson for the day, gentle readers).
I think I’ll clarify.
When I said I think that Marvel does a better job adapting their heroes and villains to the times I a) completely forgot about The Dark Knight (if anyone gives me crap about that I will hit them) which was bloody brilliant and b) I was confusing the Green Lantern with something else (again, if I get crap about that, I will resort to physical violence). I don’t remember what I confused it with, but I was thinking of something else entirely.
Damn, I think this just turned into a corrective.
For anyone not familiar with the Green Lantern, his name is Hal Jordan and he was chosen by a dying alien (something Sur?) to be Green Lantern. The Green Lantern is a part of the Green Lantern Corps (peace and justice for all!) who keep intergalactic order. Hal’s a test pilot in the Air Force and because of his humaness the Green Lantern Corps (aliens) aren’t really took quick with the acceptance; but they come around considering the fate of the Earth and the Green Lantern Corps rests in his hands.
Cool? Hell yeah.
And the trailer makes more sense now, although I stand by what I originally said about not paying $7.50 to see that in theaters. If I were basing my opinion solely on that trailer, I wouldn’t see it. I like the Green Lantern sure, but I wouldn’t see that movie until I could add it to my Netflix queue. It’s not a reflection of the Green Lantern at all.
And we’re back to clarification. I’m still not sure what this entire post is though. Let’s just say it’s both, shall we, gentle readers?
Edit: Ok, so I jumped over to Comic Vine, it’s Abin Sur (the alien/Green Lantern who gives Hal Jordan the ring).
Also, I don’t know if this is the other trailer that was released, as it’s a teaser trailer from WonderCon 2011 (thanks Youtube!) but if I had seen this before that other one, I would have been totally gung-ho (and beyond incredibly psyched!) to see this movie.
I mean, seriously, this trailer is a thousand times better than the first one. Then again, that’s usually what happens. Unless it’s The Green Hornet (maybe that’s what I was thinking of!)
So, I may just spend $7.50 to see it in theaters after all. We’ll see what happens this summer.