DC Universe Animated Original Movies - GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS

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Da'Mon Guy continues his look back the the movies from the DCUAOM, today it's the 2011 release - Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.


Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is an entertaining, insightful look at the character of Green Lantern. This is a full length animated feature that delves deep into the mythos of the Green Lantern Corps, the organization that Hal Jordan, the most well known Green Lantern, belongs to. The film is complimented by an extremely talented voice cast including Nathan Fillion (Serenity), Jason Isaacs (Green Zone), Elizabeth Moss (Get Him to the Greek), Kelly Hu (X2: X-Men United), Arnold Vosolo (The Mummy Trilogy), Roddy Piper (WWE), and Henry Rollins (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End).

The movie offers an enjoyable, action packed glimpse into the background of the Green Lantern Corps. Essentially it gives an origin story to the source of Green Lantern’s power and the first Green Lantern. There are a number of interesting stories threads that focus on some of the other characters (such as Abin Sur, Kilowog, Laira Ormo and Mogo) who comprise the organization of the Green Lantern Corps, with each one giving a little insight into the fundamental values that the Corpse is based upon - Bravery, sacrifice, and justice to name just some that this film showcases.

To successfully incorporate all the characters and diverse story lines into Green Lantern: Emerald Knights the movie utilises the narration of Hal Jordan (played by Fillion), Earth’s Green Lantern (sector 2814). He is telling the story of the Corps origins to Arisia, the Corps' newest member. All of the stories make for good entertainment, especially Kilowog’s.

Marvel Comics may dominate the live action films but DC comics have corned the market on the animated features. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is another excellent example of this and a great addition to the growing collection of DC Animated Original Movies. Originally released on June 7th 2011, ten days before the Ryan Reynolds staring live action Green Lantern movie, you will find that this animated tale is far more enjoyable and satisfactory.

The disappointment of that live action movie may have put people off viewing Green Lantern: Emerald Corps, but I recommend you think again and check this out. This movie is both in depth enough to satisfy the hardcore comic book fans but has enough of a universal appeal that the casual fan can appreciate it.

Previously
Justice League: The New Frontier
Wonder Woman
Batman: Under The Red Hood
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
All-Star Superman
Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam

Da’Mon Guy is a writer and artist. He’s a graduate of Coppin State University and an avid, life-long lover of film. Da'Mon has been actively writing movie reviews since 2011, for a number of publications. Check out more of his work at Examiner.com, where he has published over 400 reviews. Visit his Blog and follow him on Twitter.
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