I have to admit, while most everyone else seems to be geeking out over every new image and clip of video that gets released for Green Lantern, I myself am not so taken by the visual design of the film. It all looks a little too dark and muddy for me; I don’t like the organic nature of the suits or how the lantern looks like a big toy. And far too much of the image is made up of computer created imagery. The background, the foreground, the alien characters, even 90% of Ryan Reynolds himself, they’re all just computer generated fakeness. It gets to the point that Reynolds’ face is the only thing that’s real on the screen in some shots. It looks like when JD does Floating Head Doctor on Scrubs. One thing I can get behind, however, is their general design for the Corp. All of the characters are recognizable, and look just like the weirdos I remember from the comic. And one thing I can really give the art department props for is that they didn’t do anything stupid like give Sinestro a ponytail and a goatee.
But they were going to.
When talking to the LA Times’ Hero Complex, actor Mark Strong described their initial approach to the character. “Early on in the concept stage for the film, they took him into a different direction. He had a goatee and a long ponytail and just a different visage, really, and I was quite adamant that if we were going to do this you better re-create the comic — or one of the most popular versions of the comic through the years — or you risk a big misstep.” You mean taking the control freak, anal-retentive character of Sinestro and dressing him like The Dude from The Big Lebowski would have been a mistake? Thank you Mark Strong for correcting this error. Strong continues, ”If you’re not going to go with the source material, why do it? If you go to that material, you should use it.” I think we can all give that sentiment an Amen, both from the standpoint of messing up comic book characters, and from the perspective of using them as a go-to rather than developing original concepts.
Strong was on a roll, he even dropped some interesting info about the original designs of the Green Lantern characters that I never knew, “The comic book character [created in 1961] was based on David Niven with the pencil mustache and all. Green Lantern was based on Paul Newman and Carol Ferris [played by Blake Lively in the new film] was based on Liz Taylor. So in a way it was a movie cast that became a comic book and now is going to be a film.” Sounds like a guy who does his homework before a role. I’ve at least now got some faith that they found the right Sinestro. For the rest of his interview, head on over to Hero Complex.