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Green Lantern – The suit to be CGI

Posted by LiveFor on April 12, 2010

There has been a lack of images of Ryan Reynolds in costume as Green Lantern. I was thinking that was because studio security was doing well, but now it looks that the reason is that the suit doesn’t actually exist.

Reynolds has been wearing a motion capture suit for his scenes as GL. /Film had the news:

My source within Warner Bros assures me that the suit will look cool. Don’t let the words “Computer generated” scare you.

I must first remind you that Ngila Dickson, the costumer designer on the film has won an Academy Award for a little film called The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Maybe you’ve seen it before? Don’t let her Xena: Warrior Princess roots scare you, she worked on the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Last Samurai (another film which earned her an Oscar nomination), The Illusionist, Blood Diamond and The International. She has an impressive IMDB page, for sure.

Ngila was tasked with trying to find a way to do something that stands apart from all of the other superheroes spandex suit designs we’ve seen in the past. Honestly, isn’t the look becoming overused?

Remember, the Green Lantern suit is something that should look alien — it needs to seem other worldly. It encompasses any creature that wears the ring, and Hal Jordan is the first human to ever wear the suit. This was a chance for Dickson to do something different. You also have to consider that Hal changes into the suit multiple times in mid scene, and the cg also allows him to do this.

I’ve heard that when the cg is complete, the suit will look like a manifestation of his power. And while I couldn’t confirm this, I’ve heard that DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has seen the designs and given them his blessing.

The suit is lined with white LEDs, which I initially thought might be used to give a practical glow (kind of like how Billy Crudup wore blue LEDs to give the actors around Dr. Manhattan a blue glow in Watchmen), but I’ve since been told might just be for mo-cap tracking purposes.

To be honest I quite like this idea. The costume in the comic has been changed many times and most recently has a kind of aura thing going on with the GL symbol floating just in front of Hal’s chest. Therefore, a CGI version is the best way of doing this and should give it a really different kind of look compared to other comic book movies.

How do you feel about the suit being CGI?

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