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Green Lantern's Eyes

If you've been following the upcoming Green Lantern Movie, then you've, probably, seen some of the trailer spots representing Ryan Renolds as Hal Jordan in the costume of the Emerald Knight.

That's fine; Renolds can do a great job. (I'm not sure there should be lots of humor, though).

As someone who frequents the superhero movies and forums, I'm aware of the public debate over the GL look; his costume has undergone some changes, and what we saw was a traditional skin-tight neopreen like substance turn into a totally CG-animated uniform.

But I'm going to let that debate simmer for awhile; I'll tell you what has me fascinated right now; it's Green Lantern's eyes. They don't seem to "work" for me.

Are the eyes "right" for you?

In this picture to the left, we have the "first look" at GL's costume; the darker green emeshed in layers with black. In later pics, something different happened, and perhaps it was their goal all along; the Green Lantern costume became a suit of concentrated emerald light.

I've always envisioned them as the glossy, "milky white", emanating waves of Lantern Power.

Most of the time, I'm even-handed when it comes to superhero costume design; it's understandable that they have to "modernize" or adapt a suit to the powers of the hero. After all, Captain America wore a suit of chain mail under his uniform; it only makes sense that he would incorporate some form of armor on film.

Also, it's a given that special effects will be added in as we get closer to the release date (for example, The Incredible Hulk (2008) had trailers that received complaints for lacking special effect touches). So, it's very possible that Green Lantern will have his "power eyes" whenever the suit appears. I'd like that.

Here's My Point: The Green Lantern's Eyes need to carry that haunting "clear, milky white" aspect. This could also be a very light green, which would probably be even better since is falls into the emerald color range.

In this picture to the right, coming from the Hal Jordan gallery, we have a demonstration of what the Green Lantern Power Ring can do in forming a costume (and mask, notice the white eyes?). At this time, there is no question that the director is going this direction. Subsequently, the ire of the GL fans are still concerned about the qualify of the Green Lantern Uniform.

I'm still not entirely sure about the uniform; it seems "complicated" right now, but I'll go with it. The eyes of Green Lantern, though; that's where I'd like some work. I mean, they emanate power, right?

Interested in some more Green Lantern triva? Check out: The Faces of Green Lantern.

Superman's #1 Villain: Lex Luthor, and why is it always you?

Nowhere in the history of Man of Tomorrow has one man, a human at that, put so much distress into a superhero's life. He's even made Superman an Enemy of the State on occasion, and there he is, always waiting, plotting, invariably planning to kill the Son of Krypton at his weakest moment.

But has anyone else noticed that Lex Luthor is, almost always, the central villain in every Superman movie or release?

Ok. To be fair, the movie company has one shot for your love. And we definately like seeing a hero that clashes against his greatest foe; only if that flick has success or luck, can we expect a sequel. But Lex has had the spotlight since the Man of Steel arrived:

  • He appears first in Action Comics #44 (1940)
  • He was the main villian of the late 70's Superman, Superman II, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
  • He was the central villain in Superman Returns.
  • He was the reoccurring bad guy, as a teenager, in the TV series "Smallvile".
  • He was the main reoccurring enemy in Superman: The Animated Series.
  • He returned many times as the key antagonist in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
  • And more...
But the goal here is not to hammer at Lex; he truly deserves to be Superman's #1 arch-nemesis. One of the great things about him is that his only claims to power are his genius intellect, wit, and charisma. After all, it is no small achievement to become elected President.

My only thin line of contention is that contiously bringing Lex Luthor back as the main villain in each Superman movie release might be overdoing it. In the cartoon and TV series, it's understandable; Lex and Kal-El represent that eternal balance of good vs. evil, just like Batman and The Joker. But when major superhero movies and animated releases are issued, I'd like to see the Last Son of Krypton face off against different threats, ones that require him to use his powers.

Left: The cover of Superman All-Star, which can be purchased at for $13.49

(I do recognize that two recent animated movies, Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse did not feature Luthor as the main villain. They played out pretty well and I admired them.)

Nevertheless, I'm sure many of you have opinions on the recent animated release of All-Star Superman. If you haven't guessed by my commentary, Lex Luthor is the main villain. Perhaps I appear to be complaining; actually, I'm just interested in why Warner Home Video is using Lex so much. I guess it's because he makes them money.

I mean, regardless, I know I'll be buying it.

Interested in some Superman Triva: Check out: The Top 10 Villains of Superman.

The Red Skull

Today I am providing a link to an upcoming, very infamous villain called "The Red Skull". As Captain America: The First Avenger begins to draw in more and more viewers, his archnemesis will also gain in popularity.

You can find the Red Skull tribute article here:

The bust shown in this picture is provided by, and will be available for purchase in the near future.

One of those villains who gets overlooked, The Red Skull definately falls into this cateagory. But that will all change pretty soon; with the upcoming move "Captain America: The First Avenger", due out for the Summer Release schedule (July 22, 2011), we're about to get a taste of what Johann Schmidt A.K.A. The Red Skull has to offer.