When DC's animation department announced that they were going to start a Green Lantern tv show, I probably yawned. It's no secret that most of us here find the Lantern Corps. boring. Nothing against the thousands of fans of the comic book, but Hal Jordan just doesn't appeal to us.
During New York Comic Con this year, Bruce Timm (who executive produces the show) debuted the series first episode. We didn't get to see the episode, but after the jump we have some info on the two part premiere, including a look at some clips from it, and our thoughts.
In the first part of the two-part series premiere episode, ace test pilot Hal Jordan (voiced by JOSH KEATON), who leads a secret life as Earth's guardian Green Lantern, is called back to Oa. Searching for the culprits behind a series of Green Lantern deaths in "Frontier Space", Hal and his gruff fellow Green Lantern Kilowog (voiced by KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON) “commandeer” The Interceptor, a prototype spaceship powered by pure Green Lantern energy and an advanced artificial intelligence system that Hal names Aya (voiced by GREY DeLISLE).
The show is all CG, and it looks pretty shiny and fantastic. (I like the little green squidgy guys, they probably have a real name but they just remind me of the Nibblonian council.) The cynic in me could speculate that these look more like talking action figures than animated characters, but I really do like how smoothly everything moves, even on the internet. The decision to make the villains of the show Red Lanterns right away is also unsurprising, but should delight Carey.
Then there's the casting -- Spectacular Spider-Man as Hal Jordan? Spongebob as Zilius Zox? This could either be cool or very bad. According to Geektress guest poster Sarah M., who did actually see the screening at NYCC, it's a lot funnier than you'd expect.
In an interview with Newsarama, producer Giancarlo Volpe talked about how Bruce Timm actually looked forward to setting the series in space, getting away from the Gotham Cities and Metropolii of previous DC animated ventures. He mentions that the tv show will have much more of a "sci-fi element" than the movie. (Let's hope it has more of a "fun, not sucking" element, too.)
In the second half of the two-part series premiere episode, Hal and Kilowog discover that a group of Red Lanterns, including the conflicted Razer (voiced by JASON SPISAK) and the vile Zilius Zox (voiced by TOM KENNY) have been targeting and eliminating Green Lanterns in Frontier Space. Along with the help from a surviving Frontier Space Green Lantern Shyir Rev (voiced by KURTWOOD SMITH), Hal and Kilowog must stop the Red Lantern leader Atrocitus (voiced by JONATHAN ADAMS) from destroying Shyir's home planet of Colony 12.
The Green Lantern series premieres this Friday at 7pm on Cartoon Network.