We've been charging our batteries for years and, now, the GREEN LANTERN movie's finally giving us a release. How strictly does it adhere to the comics then, now that we get to see it full?
SPOILER WARNING: If you read this before seeing the movie and subsequently complain about getting spoiled, you absolutely deserve to be imprisoned in the tightest, most cramped Science Cell imaginable.
Now prepare yourself to see how different the movie was from the comic despite heavy involvement between DC Comics and Warner Bros. We'll see which changes were for the better and which ones fell flat.== TEASER ==
Parallax seems to have effectively been amalgamated with the villains Legion (who’s currently been written out of continuity) and Krona, the rogue Oan who’s presently bedeviling almost everybody associated with the emotional spectrum in WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS. In the comics, Krona defies the rules of science by constructing a machine that allows him to view the DC universe's creation. Doing so exposes him to forbidden knowledge and unleashes a terrible calamity that creates the Multiverse and inspires the Guardians of the Universe to create the Green Lantern Corps (after they turn him into energy and send him into exile, of course.) Parallax, on the other hand, is a primordial entity of fear; a yellow, insectile parasite who’s possessed hosts like Hal Jordan and turned them into raging madmen. And Legion? He's a yellow, brutish monster whose mind is comprised of the collective conscious of the evil, insectile Tchk-Tchk race who were decimated by the Guardians.
The Parallax of the movie begins as unnamed Guardian who, like Krona, defies the wishes of his peers by seeking forbidden knowledge - - in this case, it’s within a yellow core of fear. He’s exiled and transformed into a being of energy, too, but it's the yellow fear energy that's the comics’ Parallax’s domain. His influence corrupts others with fear, but it’s Hector Hammond whom he corrupts here through viral means instead of through a parasite/host relationship. While still monstrous, this Parallax resembles a mutated Guardian like Scar rather than snarling creature of the comics. Interestingly, while Krona destroys whole universes, this villain’s rampage is on a smaller scale - - he destroys planets. Movie Parallax also metaphorically resembles Legion for how the wall of agonized faces in his body looks like a hive mind. Additionally, he serves Legion’s role in the origin by being the monster to mortally wound Abin Sur after killing several other Lanterns single-handedly. Finally, the linking of Sinestro’s power ring to this Parallax and the Gaurdians has been streamlined from the comics, which had the Weaponers of Qward involved.
ABIN SUR'S DEATH
Hal Jordan’s predecessor succumbs to fear in a much more literal way in the movie than he did in the comics. In the short story, “Tygers,” it’s revealed that Sur’s death was partly caused by doubts sewn in him during a mission on the hellish alien planet, Ysmault. The demon, Qull, gave the prophecy of the Blackest Night to Sur, stating that his ring would one day fail him at fatal moment and that his successor would surpass him in greatness. Obsessed, Sur periodically returned to Ysmault and even took Qull’s fellow demon, Atrocitus, on a flight to Earth for furthering questioning about the prophecy. Relying on a ship for travel over his power ring made him vulnerable to conditions in our solar system and Atrocitus' recitation of the prophecy weakened Sur’s will enough for the demon to mortally wound him right before the crash. Those details are taken from SECRET ORIGIN (which is currently in-continuity) while all the details regarding Legion are from EMERALD DAWN (which is currently out of continuity.)
There’s no mention of Ysmault, Atrocitus or anything pertaining to the Blackest Night prophecy in the movie, but Sur still dies as a result of fear - - this time, in the personified form of Parallax.
Sur’s physical resemblance to Sinestro in the film also hold some significance. The two are actually brothers-in-law in the comics; a fact that, though unstated, gives a greater context to their relationship.
The only significant difference to Hal’s origin is that he’s pulled directly to Abin Sur by the ring while he's at a bar some time after crashing a Ferris Aircraft jet and getting fired. In the comics, he’s taken while in the middle of piloting a Ferris Aircraft flight simulator in the desert and it’s stressed that proximity factors into his selection, as later Lantern Guy Gardner would’ve been selected if he were closer. Though we only get a couple sly hints that Carol Ferris will eventually become Star Sapphire, Hal's relationship with her is basically the same. His friendship with Tom Kalmaku is largely the same, too, although Tom’s been promoted from a ship mechanic to tech engineer at Ferris (and he’s never once referred to as “Pieface” (because such a nickname definitely doesn’t jive with modern sensibilities.) Finally, the portion concerning his training as a Lantern corresponds pretty well to the events in EMERALD DAWN, right down to him receiving personal instruction from Sinestro, Kilowog and Tomar Re.
These were the big differences. What other differences did you notice? Which ones did you prefer and which ones did you wish never happened?