So yesterday I watched the live action version of Green Lantern, but that was not the first full length film to star the Emerald Knight. DC Comics had been releasing a bunch of animated movies based on the various super-heroes in their comic universe and today’s movie was the 5th one that they released. It’s funny because DC has released several movies throughout the years, primarily starring Batman and Superman, but in the “official DC animated universe”, the movies don’t start until 2005. The “start date” not withstanding, the DC animated films have been top notch, and today’s movie, Green Lantern: First Flight, is no exception.
The plot: Hal Jordan is performing tests in a flight simulator when the pod is suddenly enveloped in green energy and he is transported to the site of an alien crash site. There he finds Abin Sur, who says that the ring has chosen Hal and that the Guardians would send for him. Later that night, Hal is attacked by three Lanterns, Kilowog, Tomar-Re, and Boodikka, but Sinestro calls a halt to the misunderstanding and they take Hal to Oa, homeworld of the Green Lanterns. After meeting with the Guardians, Hal is placed on probationary standing under the care of Sinestro, who has Hal help him with his investigation into Abin Sur’s death. During the course of the investigation, Hal learns of Sinestro’s feelings of dissatisfaction in regards to the Guardians. What Hal, and the rest of the Lanterns don’t know, is that Sinestro had given the location of the yellow element to a criminal called Kanjar Ro in order to forge a weapon that he can use to destory the Guardians. When Hal is framed for the murder of Kanjar Ro and striped of his ring, he begins to suspect that Sinestro might be behind all of these events. When he manages to convince Kilowog and Boodikka to check them out, they discover Sinestro interrogating Kandar Ro’s corpse. Sinestro is able to escape when Boodikka attacks Kilowog and Hal, but Hal tricks her into blasting Kandar’s energy staff, the resulting explosion impaling her from the ceiling. Sinestro retrieves the yellow element, which has been turned into a yellow ring and mobile power battery, and heads towards OA. The Green Lanterns attack Sinestro but prove to be no match for his new powers. When the yellow battery destroys the green battery, all of the Lanterns lose their powers. As rings from all of the Lanterns who have now died begin raining down on the Guardians, they surrender to Sinestro, who begins destroying all of the Lantern’s rings. Before he can destroy Kilowog’s ring, they all notice a green glow. When Sinestro goes to investigate, he discovers that Hal had managed to unlock the green battery and absorb all of it’s power, which he uses to destroy the yellow battery and defeat Sinestro. In the end, the Guardians are able to restore the green battery and replenish the Lantern Corps as Hal Jordan heads back to Earth to begin his new life as a super-hero.
This is a great movie to watch. I honestly think that DC’s animation has been getting better with each movie and, at the time, this was some of the best I have seen. The story was really good, bringing in a lot of aspects from the comics to use in the movie. I also liked that they didn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the origins of the Lanterns. Let’s face it, by this point, anyone even remotely familiar with the Green Lantern knows the history by now. I also was amazed by the number of known celebrities they had in this movie. A great movie to watch even if you aren’t a comic fan.
Rating: 4 out of 5