Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) – Review

1/2 Star

Marvel Comics might reign at the box office these days but DC Comics has consistently produced the better animated spin-offs. That longstanding tradition has been shattered with the release of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights a dull and disjointed animated cartoon that will bore kids and confound fanboys. Staying fairly loyal to the source material the story highlights the origins of five members of the Green Lantern Corps. Interwoven with an overall arc that chronicles the struggles between the current crop of Lanterns and a demoniod space monster bent on destruction.

Sporting a high profile cast of talented voice actors the picture still manages to be deathly dull. The animation is unimpressive the backstories are bogged down by exposition and the fight sequences become redundant very quickly. At only eighty minutes in length it feels as if the filmmakers had a twenty minute story outline that was later inflated with the unnecessary inclusion of subplots/characters and fighting.

I’m usually a fan of this genera and animation in general but this is one of the worst movies to come out of the DC Comics film-verse. An unwatchable mess for anyone looking for entertainment or coherence. Makes the film version tie-in look like The Dark Knight in comparison. You’ve been warned.

Director: Chris Berkeley, Lauren Montgomery
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Jason Isaacs, Elisabeth Moss, Henry Rollins

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