Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.

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Martin Campbell

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Greg Berlanti (screenplay), Michael Green (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
Blake Lively ... Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard ... Hector Hammond
Mark Strong ... Sinestro
Tim Robbins ... Hammond
Jay O. Sanders ... Carl Ferris
Taika Waititi ... Tom Kalmaku
Angela Bassett ... Doctor Waller
Mike Doyle ... Jack Jordan
Nick Jandl ... Jim Jordan
Dylan James Dylan James ... Jason Jordan
Gattlin Griffith ... Young Hal
Jon Tenney ... Martin Jordan
Leanne Cochran Leanne Cochran ... Janice Jordan
Temuera Morrison ... Abin Sur
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In a mysterious universe, the Green Lantern Corps, an elite defense force of peace and justice have existed for centuries. Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by the Ring, the willpower-fed source of power. Reluctantly at first, he takes on the challenge after the death of Abin Sur, the finest Green Lantern. Putting his self-doubts aside, and spurred on by his sense of duty and love for his beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris, he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a powerful, evil being who feeds on fear. Hal Jordan is the universe's last chance, as many Green Lanterns have been killed and the Corps is weakened, and he might just be the right Green Lantern for the duty of keeping the world safe from harm. Written by Production

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One of us... becomes one of them. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action | See all certifications »

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The late 1950s/early 1960s "Green Lantern" comic book characters were based on movie actors of the time. Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris (first appearing 1959) were based on Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor, and Thaal Sinestro and Hector Hammond (first appearing 1961) were based on David Niven and Burl Ives. Not counting Niven, the other three worked together in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), just one year before of Green Lantern reboot in 1959. See more »

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When the helicopter's tail rotor is damaged, and the aircraft begins to spit out of control, no one in the crowd runs away. See more »

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Tomar-Re: Billions of years ago, a race of immortals harnessed the most powerful force in existence: the emerald energy of willpower. These immortals, the Guardians of the Universe, built a world from where they could watch over all of existence: the planet Oa. They divided the universe into 3600 sectors, a ring powered by the energy of will was sent to every sector of the universe to select a recruit. In order to be chosen by the ring, it is said that one must be without fear. Together, ...
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Alternate Versions

An Extended Cut is available on the Blu-ray release, which runs about 10 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. It restores back the 1993 prologue, especially detailing events leading to Martin Jordan's fatal crash. One more additional scene is restored where Hal and Jason talk longer about the perfect game and asking the boy to remember the feeling of that day. See more »


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Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Written by Lloyd Price
Produced by Jay Weigel
Performed by Joint's Jumpin'
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Movie could have been so much better
20 June 2011 | by abeciprianoSee all my reviews

As someone who's followed Green Lantern a little bit of a decent amount (not big but fairly decent, for DC character), I liked some things about the movie; but I definitely say that it could have been made better, both for casual fans, non-GL fans or hard core ones.

Good points... 1. It stuck fairly consistently with the mythos of the origin and Planet OA; 2. Ryan Reynolds did decently as Hal Jordan (though he fits more with the Kyle Rayner/Guy Gardner type than Jordan) -- but I wish he was more serious; though non-GL fans couldn't care less about this; 3. Blake Lively was eye candy; super hot, but not much else; 4. Green Lanterns Tomar Re, Kilowog and Abin Sur were damn good but didn't have enough screen time to be significant; 5. Mark Strong's Sinestro was excellent! 6. Hector Hammond was well portrayed by Peter Saarsgard (though it lacked a proper finish) 7. Good supporting cast from Tim Robbins (Sen. Hammond) to Angela Bassett (Amanda Waller); 8. Green Lantern's costume was wicked; 9. Visual/CGI effects were pretty good

Bad Points... > It tried to fit too much into one movie, moving back and forth from Earth and outer space/OA, thus there was no proper flow... (like when there was a build up of momentum, things go slow or boring; or from serious to funny without proper pacing); too many stories were crammed into one movie > Humor was misplaced at times (good peg is Thor which had it in the flow rather than contrived/forced) > Parallax looked comical; scary at times but only a couple of times > Like Iron Man 2, I wish the fight scenes were so much more; they spent too much on the set-up that the fights were short and could have been so much more and elaborate. > Some scenes and even some characters were not necessary (Hal's best friend, even some scenes with Blake's Carol Ferris were not needed); they should have added more action instead

Summary, visual effects, actors, GL base story good. But the way the writers and director put things together were a mixture of various plots and subplots crazy glued into one movie for pure entertainment. Kids will enjoy it, but adults likely will not. This is a summer of superheroes, with 3 down and one more to go (well, technically 5 with Transformers if you're thinking comic book stories), so it's quite impossible not to compare them to each other.

The director is known to direct good flicks like Goldeneye and Casino Royale (two good movies), but I wish he did more; studied more, had split up more stories to be more single- minded and not work on a cluttered material.


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Language:

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Release Date:

17 June 2011 (USA) See more »

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San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,174,303, 19 June 2011

Gross USA:

$116,601,172

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,851,172
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