Green Lantern Movie Goes Back To The Drunken Master

A new script for a movie about ring-wielding space cop Green Lantern is making the rounds, and according to IESB it draws heavily on one of the most frequently maligned Lantern comics of all time, a miniseries that fans accused of ruining Hal Jordan. Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn was such a misfire, its main writer quit after the first issue. So why do we still think it might make for a pretty great movie? Emerald Dawn retells the origin of Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern, and it tried to make the saint of the DC Universe a bit more human. Unfortunately, the way this storyline accomplished this was by giving Hal daddy issues and making him a drunk driver who crashes into a highway sign. The original writer of the miniseries, James Owsley, was so disgusted by this editorial mandate that he quit after the first issue.


Nevertheless, Emerald Dawn is a pretty great template for a Green Lantern origin story in other ways. It shows Jordan getting the ring and learning to use his power. Nobody tells him about the ring's weakness for yellow, so he has to discover it the hard way. According to IESB, the movie script keeps the part where Hal is in a flight simulator, which mysteriously rips out of its moorings and flies away, over to where former Green Lantern Abin Sur is dying. We also see Abin Sur's ring choosing Hal over Guy Gardner and Clark Kent (!) in the script, by Mark Guggenheim (Eli Stone) and Greg Berlanti and Michael Green. The storyline also includes the climax of Dawn, with Hal Jordan going to the home of the Green Lanterns, Oa, to fight the mega-villain Legion. Also in the script is giant-brained maniac Hector Hammond. Former Green Lantern Sinestro's in there too, but it sounds as though he doesn't turn bad in the first movie. We merely get hints that he's heading down a dark path. (I hope they get to make a second movie and show Sinestro training Hal, as in Emerald Dawn II.) Also in the film are Tom Kalmaku, Hal's Inuit plane mechanic, Carl Ferris, owner of Ferris Aircraft whose planes Hal tests, and his daughter Carol Ferris, Hal's love interest. According to IESB's glowing review, the movie ends with revelations that set up prequels as well as sequels. My question is, will it include the obligatory scene of Hal getting knocked on the head by accident, which was a mainstay of his silver age issues? [IESB]

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