You can check out the HQ trailer here, and Norman Chan's scene by scene breakdown here.
Green Lantern is the first film in what Warner Bros. hopes to be a successful franchise, and is based on the DC Comics character created by John Broome and Gil Kane back in the Silver Age of Comic Books. The film follows Hal Jordan ( Ryan Reynolds), Carol Ferris ( Blake Lively), Sinestro ( Mark Strong) and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps as they struggle to fight against a new enemy called Parallax who threatens to destroy the balance of power in the universe.
Since we can remember Superman and Batman have basically dominated the big screen when it comes to DC superhero movies, but 2011 has been claimed by another member of the Justice League. The Green Lantern series has grown in the comic book world over the last few years, taking over the wheel when it comes to big events in the DC Universe, so it is no surprise that it would make it's way on to the big screen sooner or later.
The Warner Bros. film Green Lantern was directed by Martin Campbell, and written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Goldenberg, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, who based the story mainly on DC's "Secret Origin" comic book story arc that retells the origin of Earth's first Green Lantern Corps member Hal Jordan for the New Earth continuity and served as one of many preludes to the very successful Blackest Night story line.
Secret Origin was written by Geoff Johns, now Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment. He had much to do with the development of the film, so it came as no surprise that he was constantly on the set of the GL movie, lending his Lantern knowledge to the filmmakers.
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him or her their powers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, a young race that has never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle and, along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. If Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove not only to be the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
In early 1997 was the first time Warner Bros. showed real interest in making a Green Lantern movie when they approached filmmaker and comic-book writer Kevin Smith. Smith turned down the offer and by 2006 they had changed the direction of the film to be a comedy, with scripted written by Robert Smigel that had Jack Black in the lead role. Shortly after the project changed direction again when Zack Snyder was approached to direct but eventually turned down.
At one point it was reported that Corey Reynolds, being a huge fan of John Stewart, pitched the idea for a trilogy that he would star as John Stewart and would not even feature Hal Jordan in the first film. His intent was to feature Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern Corps and even The Justice League in the second and third films of the trilogy.
In October 2007, Greg Berlanti was signed to direct and co-write along side writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and by December 2008 The Green Lantern was on its way to pre-production. In February 2009, negotiations began for the now director of the movie Martin Campbell and the hunt for Hal Jordan began and in July 2009 After rumors of Bradley Cooper and other actors being considered for the roll, it was announced that Ryan Reynolds had been cast as Hal Jordan.
In preparation for the film, Reynolds trained for six months prior to filming, even doing gymnastics in order to get used to being rotated in the air while filming. Which actually came in pretty handy when on the first week of filming, Reynolds was being suspended 150 feet in the air.
Green Lantern was initially scheduled to begin filming in November 2009 at Fox Studios Australia. But was pushed back and moved to Louisiana, where test footage started being filmed. And on March 15, 2010 in New Orleans, DC's Green Lantern movie began its six months filming which ended on August 6, 2010.
After hearing that Hal Jordan's suit would be created using CGI, and that the signature white gloves would not be making an appearance, fans began to ask why. And after the Entertainment Weekly cover came out, people were very mixed in their reactions to the costume.
Reynolds responded at WonderCon, saying that "I always knew it was going to be CGI from the first time I met the entire gang." And that they decided to go with the motion captured suit instead of a physical suit, because “In the mythology for the film, the suit is made of energy, and that's impossible to actually put on physically, every day, without experiencing third degrees burns". He also went on to say that the suit was more of a "construct or manifestation of Hal's will and imagination."
Warner Bros. revealed nine minutes of footage from the first ever live-action depiction of the popular DC character, which really switched expectations of the fans in a positive way, after being worried that the film was going to be more of a comedy, ever since the first trailer.
The feedback so positive that shortly after Warner Bros. Released a four minutes version of the footage on the internet, that really showed off the hardcore Cosmic stuff that fans were hoping for. And that more comedic parts of the film were nowhere to be found. Which Reynolds addressed when he talk about the balance of comedy with the more serious elements of the film and said that; “In terms of the overall film, I would say that Hal is far more aggressive in the movie than he is funny. Once we get into the middle of that second act, everything is pretty serious." Which fans were happy to hear.
Behind The Scenes...
Green Lantern was filmed in New Orleans. The representatives of the Green Lantern film claimed New Orleans was the perfect place to shoot a big budget comic book film. They said with Louisiana's great tax incentives, a large local crew base and even the Lakefront Airport are only a little of many reasons why they filmed in New Orleans.
Chris Pine and Anton Yelchin were also offered the role of Green Lantern, but ultimately, it was given to Ryan Reynolds.
During filming, Ryan Reynolds separated his shoulders, which caused lots of pain and the filming was put on a temporary shots. Re-takes are currently being done.