Warner Bros. Animation has announced that the next DC Universe original animated DVD movie will be Green Lantern: First Flight, set for release on July 28. Like the others, it will be rated PG-13.
It will be available as a two-disc DVD special edition (suggested retail price $29.98), a single disc DVD ($19.98), or on Blu-ray ($34.99).
Hal Jordan will be voiced by Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Oz) with Victor Garber (Alias, Eli Stone) playing Sinestro, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Boodikka, and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) as Kilowog.
What, no Carol Ferris? I’m not familiar with Boodikka — turns out she’s a warrior princess who distrusts Jordan because when he was Parallax, she lost her arm. I have no idea how much history will make it into this movie. Given the subtitle and the plot (below), it sounds like an origin story. Boodikka and Kilowog may just be there to represent the alien Green Lantern Corps. Here’s the provided plot description:
Green Lantern: First Flight finds Hal Jordan recruited to join the Green Lantern Corps and placed under the supervision of respected senior Lantern Sinestro. The earthling soon discovers his mentor is actually the central figure in a secret conspiracy that threatens the philosophies, traditions, and hierarchy of the entire Green Lantern Corps. Hal must quickly hone his newfound powers and combat the treasonous Lanterns within the ranks to maintain order in the universe.
Alan Burnett writes and Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman) directs the 75-minute film. The three hours of bonus features will include two featurettes and two related episodes of the Justice League cartoon selected by producer Bruce Timm. An additional two episodes will be on the Blu-ray edition. The studio plans to “extensively market” this release with “a national TV, online, print, and radio media campaign.”
Update: After watching the sneak peek on the Wonder Woman DVD, the Sinestro voice casting doesn’t work for me at all. Victor Garber says “Lawyer Dad” to me, not once-good, will-turn-evil major player. Given the character’s appearance (he looks to me like a gigolo from a 30s movie if he were evil and alien), I wanted a voice with more exotic elements.