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Green Lantern Goodies

The trailer for the 2011 Green Lantern movie will premiere before the new Harry Potter flick, opening Nov. 19. A while ago here, i predicted that the Green Lantern movie would likely suck.Today, I have revised my opinion, to be a bit more hopeful. Since my last discussion of the film, the costume that was shown has turned out to be a rough draft. A few high-res images have been released. Oh, and I got to go to New Orleans and be an extra in the movie itself. I can’t tell you anything about it, but if that scene makes it in, I should be pretty recognizable.

I now proffer that the Green Lantern movie will likely not suck at all. I am staking a lot on this, and I have learned from previous movies baring the name of beloved comic characters (Hulk, anyone), that just because we like the comics, doesn’t mean we will like the movie. But here are some sweet tidbits from the movie. Enjoy

This is Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively as Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) and Carol Ferris (Hal’s boss and love interest – and later, a villain)

Here is a pic of the proto-costume. I understand that this is not the final version, but a sort of half-way point as Hal gets used to using the ring. The final costume should look like the comic version, sans white gloves.

This is a pic of the power battery that Green Lantern will use to charge his ring.

Here is concept art of the Green Lantern homeworld, OA

And finally, here is a pic of Reynolds (Hal, Green Lantern) and Nick Jones, who will play John Stewart (Green Lantern and vehicle for poignant race discussions in the 70’s)

The Boondocks Season 3, season finale "It’s Going Down"

Without question, the third season of The Boondocks, the most intelligent and funniest animated series to date, had the best season ever. At least half of the episodes surpassed, yes, even superseded the season 1 blockbuster Return of the King (for those of you all not familiar, it is about Martin Luther King Jr. returning to “black America” in 2006, during the time of the Bush administration; suffice to say, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the Civil Rights establishment did not approve). The Boondocks, as a comic strip and a cartoon seem to be operating out two different universes, coming from a fan of both.  The cartoon t.v. show seems to be a critique leveled against mainstream liberal black cultural politics as the philosophical differences between Huey Freeman and Uncle Ruckus are blurred.  Uncle Ruckus is severely critical of African Americans from a conservative, right-wing perspective, while Huey (and by association, as the voice of Aaron McGruder), deconstructs the image of black people from a left-of-center agenda. Quietly, McGruder has become a Bill Cosby figure of sorts, but certainly maintaining a progressive ideology.

However, the first half of last night’s season (and prayerfully not series finale “what would I do with my life!”) was pretty disappointing.  E W spoke the most for the first ten minutes, and that is never a good sign because his use of profane language is censored.  Huey Freeman remains haunted by his revolutionary past, and Grandpa, Robert Freeman, admits that the world would be a better place if everyone listened to Aaron McGruden, I mean, Huey Freeman.  The episode did get better however, and in the end, McGruder’s parody of Jack Bauer brings a certain terrorist to justice.  I am not giving away any spoilers, but think Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 meets 24. There were some hints given that perhaps The Boondocks will “move to a different neighborhood other than the cartoon network; one can only hope the series remains as a light in the darkness of an entertainment industry run by anti-intellectuals, dilettantes, and aficionados of vampires.