Following Wonder Woman, DC Animated delved deeper into the DC catalog, with a new feature not centering on Superman or Batman. Green Lantern: First Flight is the origin story of the first human Green Lantern, Hal Jordan. While this is certainly a fantastic showcase for the Green Lantern Corp, one key element hindered this from succeeding like the previous movies. They forgot who was the main character.
The movie opens with Hal Jordan on Earth, moments before he receives his ring, blowing through his origin in record time. While this might be a negative, Green Lantern is one of the many characters who had his origin retold via exposition every single issue. If I have to hear about Abin Sur one more time, I think my head will explode. On the outset, skipping through his origin was only a symptom of the larger problem. Once Sinestro was introduced, the movie quickly shifted focus from Hal to him.
The bulk of the movie centers on Sinestro and his motives for creating the Yellow Lantern. Apparently there was only enough time to develop one character as Hal was quickly put aside, becoming a window for the audience. While Hal was given enough action beats, he moved through them robotically. It’s easy to take his action at face value if you have the slightest familiarity with the character, but looking at what’s presented here, he acts because it’s in the script, not because of his morals.
Thankfully, the voice acting wasn’t a detraction. Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) voices Hal, with Victor Garber as Sinestro and Tricia Helfer as Boodikka. Garber’s Sinestro had nearly three times the lines as Meloni’s Jordan. This might be acceptable if Jordan was the silent type, but I can assure you, he isn’t. Also, I loved Kurtwod Smith as Kanjar Ro. Then again, I like him in anything.
I’d like to say the animation was another positive but a few hiccups hindered the experience. Two segments featured 3D computer animation juxtaposed against 2D drawn characters, particularly when Jordan fought a mecha suit in the hanger, and the Yellow Lantern Core in the finale. I have yet to see an example of the two blending seamlessly. Speaking of the finale, I don’t quite understand it. Jordan became a super Green Lantern? Why was everyone else so powerless against him?
Green Lantern: First Flight is a fine Green Lantern movie and a great Sinestro movie, but a terrible Hal Jordan movie. While it showcases the universe wonderfully, it fails to explain why we should care. Oh, and much like in this review, the GL oath was an afterthought, tacked on at the end.
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It wasn’t terrible.