Green Lantern: First Flight Announced as Next DC Animated DVD
February 28, 2009

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.

Green Lantern First Flight

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.

11 Responses  
David Wynne writes:  

…what, no David Boreanaz? That’s a shame. I thought he did a great Hal in New Frontier.

Dwight Williams writes:  

Helfer as Boodikka? Interesting choice of voice actor there. Not what I might have expected, and yet given her range of roles on Galactica during that series’ run, I should have seen this as a possibility.

James Schee writes:  

From some promotional stills I’ve seen, Boddika looked sort of like Carol as Star Sapphire.

Its kind of odd to see another origin story for hal as GL, since a lot portion of New Frontier was a Hal origin story.

I wonder how New Frontier did? I remember when DC first announced these movies, part of the goal (at least as I read it) was to do faithful recreations of great comic stories.

Since New Frontier they seem to have gone far afield of that, even Death of Superman was fairly different than its source material.

Chris G. writes:  

Another origin story movie — makes me wonder if these aren’t shakedown cruises for live-action movies on some level.

Johanna writes:  

Warner is in pre-production on a GL movie, actually.

Jim Perreault writes:  

I haven’t seen the preview, but Victor Garber seems like a good choice for Sinestro. His cool voice masquerading a dark interior is spot on.

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