We hope some promotions and pay raises went on around the Warner Bros. marketing department because the studio completely turned around sentiment on the upcoming “Green Lantern.” After a dreadful first trailer — which even the studio admitted was a misfire — they finally dropped a new look in some fresh, and much more well received footage at WonderCon. The creature designs looked good and the special effects popped, and while there are minor quibbles — the CGI mask still looks pretty bad — overall it was a major step forward.
But nothing exemplifies the difficulty in marketing “Green Lantern” more than this latest batch of pics of Ryan Reynolds in full costume. Because as much as that new footage was a big improvement, at the end of the day, Green Lantern was always kind of a dorky looking hero. All dressed in green with his power ring shooting green…stuff…everywhere — this kind of looks like the back of a cereal box. His legs and Vibram finger toe shoes feet look especially strange. But of course, the movie will probably have Reynolds zipping around while in costume most of the time so it probably won’t be so much of an issue. But, still, these pics? Meh.