Pre-production for Warner Brothers’ superhero film Green Lantern continues to move forward. Variety has reported that Sony Pictures Imageworks, who have worked on Watchmen, Superman Returns and Sony’ Spider-Man franchise, have been brought aboard the production as the lead visual effects house for the picture, with Jim Jim Berney (I Am Legend) serving as visual effects supervisor for Imageworks.
Meanwhile, production designers are busy trying to determine exactly how many of the alien members of the alien police force known as the Green Lanterns which Ryan Reynolds will join in the film. A few of these designs have escaped into the wilds of the internet, and they look pretty good to this long time fan of the comic franchise. They definitely take the limitations of the comic book line art and extrapolate them into real life and 3 dimensions.
First up are two looks at the Green Lantern Kilowog. As he is the drill sargent of the Green Lantern Corps, he will probably play an important part in the first film as Reynold’s Hal Jordan slowly learns the ropes of his new responsibility as a Green Lantern. I’m not sure how they’ll bring Kilowog to the screen – The production crew probably isn’t sure how they’ll do it yet – but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were some combination of makeup and CGI, the way that Davy Jones was created for the Pirates Of The Caribbean films.
Next up is a look at how tow other alien Green Lanterns – Sinestro and Abin Sur and Tomar-Re- will look. For the uninitiated, I won’t spoil things about Sinestro’s storyline, but you might be able to take a clue from his name…
It should be noted that it is probably that none of these designs are final- note the differences in the uniform styles between each design. However, until the film goes in to production, this will have to hold us over until some official pictures get released.