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Is the Green Lantern's suit one big computer effect?

04.12.2010

All the would-be paparazzi hanging out in Louisiana trying to get a shot of Ryan Reynolds in his GREEN LANTERN costume are going to be sorely disappointed. Slashfilm is reporting that Reynolds will never actually wear the Green Lantern costume and that the duds will actually be CG. The pic you see to the right isn't of Reynolds or anyone on the GREEN LANTERN set but rather Billy Crudup filming WATCHMEN. This is basically what Reynolds is acting in when he's Green Lantern (minus the facial markings and head cap).

Apparently Martin Campbell asked costume designer Ngila Dickson to come up with something radically different than the spandexed, fish-scaled superhero costumes we so often see in movies. What she came up with was so radically different it could only be created in a computer. Campbell reportedly wants the alien suit to look alive so to speak and the CG effects will allow them to do that.

Without knowing how the suit will look, I have to say it's a pretty clever way to go about the design. The actor isn't constrained by wearing this big ole rubber suit (though I suppose he is constrained by wearing a suit with little LED lights all over it) and it allows them to tweak the look in post-production. But how will it look when they put it all together? Will it look natural? I guess we'll have to wait for the first trailer to find out...

Extra Tidbit: We've come a long way since cloth costumes with a zipper up the back.
Source: Slashfilm

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2:05PM on 04/13/2010

you people seem to forget that...

the ring projects what the user of the ring thinks of, hence a human costume. hence hal jordan's projections were almst whimsical where as jon stewart's were utilitarian in nature and kyle's were adolecent in nature (giant pillows vs shields and axes vs scantily clad green airhosteses). Thusly, the suit projected by the ring must be human in nature, it is a concept of the human mind, a symbiotic/alien looking suit will not seem like a human conception. if they used this tech to make the alien
the ring projects what the user of the ring thinks of, hence a human costume. hence hal jordan's projections were almst whimsical where as jon stewart's were utilitarian in nature and kyle's were adolecent in nature (giant pillows vs shields and axes vs scantily clad green airhosteses). Thusly, the suit projected by the ring must be human in nature, it is a concept of the human mind, a symbiotic/alien looking suit will not seem like a human conception. if they used this tech to make the alien suits/races then this would have been cool, but atm the studios are just using it in their usual shock and awe fashion; wow the masses and hope this translates to big money.
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10:36PM on 04/14/2010
Your well thought out response is inapplicable to this argument, nerd.
Your well thought out response is inapplicable to this argument, nerd.
1:13PM on 04/15/2010
lol, marloweman, if you only fucking knew how much of a nerd i aint, you dumb fuck asshole, your stupid fucking comments is not applicable period you jackass
lol, marloweman, if you only fucking knew how much of a nerd i aint, you dumb fuck asshole, your stupid fucking comments is not applicable period you jackass
11:38PM on 04/15/2010
For somebody that likes to show off how smart you think you are - you really are very defensive and just an angry person. Get a life, nerd.
For somebody that likes to show off how smart you think you are - you really are very defensive and just an angry person. Get a life, nerd.
12:03PM on 04/13/2010

Word.

It sounds like a cool approach if executed correctly. If the suit is a construct of the Green Lantern ring, doesn't it make sense that it would look otherwordly and especially radiant/alive to an extent? It might look really cool. Plus I like Martin Campbell, and he seems to be working quite painstakingly on this. I don't think it's a bad idea.
It sounds like a cool approach if executed correctly. If the suit is a construct of the Green Lantern ring, doesn't it make sense that it would look otherwordly and especially radiant/alive to an extent? It might look really cool. Plus I like Martin Campbell, and he seems to be working quite painstakingly on this. I don't think it's a bad idea.
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7:45AM on 04/13/2010

Fuckin' Awesome

I seriously don't understand WTF is wrong with some of you because THIS is fucking AWESOME NEWS.

Like Nolan did with Batman, they're trying to conceptualize this character realistically, and a fucking POWER RING that gives the owner a suit of armor from its massive amounts of energy isn't going to look like some cloth/rubber costume. The idea that the suite itself will reflect the power of the ring as opposed to just being a stupid outfit and look more like somewhat of a symbiote not only
I seriously don't understand WTF is wrong with some of you because THIS is fucking AWESOME NEWS.

Like Nolan did with Batman, they're trying to conceptualize this character realistically, and a fucking POWER RING that gives the owner a suit of armor from its massive amounts of energy isn't going to look like some cloth/rubber costume. The idea that the suite itself will reflect the power of the ring as opposed to just being a stupid outfit and look more like somewhat of a symbiote not only makes sense, but visually, sounds like its gonna be fucking gorgeous.

Check out this rumored concept art for Sinestro: [link]

Now imagine that, brought to life. Does that not rock your balls off?
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3:12AM on 04/13/2010

what the fuck is...

this shit? fucking studios and their fucking around with shit that works. just another reason to abuse tech and fuck up a movie, i understand using it for dr. manhattan becuse he's supposed to be the perfect human physique and naked and hung like a donkey, but just to do a costume? what a crock of shit.
this shit? fucking studios and their fucking around with shit that works. just another reason to abuse tech and fuck up a movie, i understand using it for dr. manhattan becuse he's supposed to be the perfect human physique and naked and hung like a donkey, but just to do a costume? what a crock of shit.
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3:11AM on 04/13/2010

what the fuck is...

this shit? fucking studios and their fucking around with shit that works. just another reason to abuse tech and fuck up a movie, i understand using it for dr. manhattan becuse he's supposed to be the perfect human physique and naked and hung like a donkey, but just to do a costume? what a crock of shit.
this shit? fucking studios and their fucking around with shit that works. just another reason to abuse tech and fuck up a movie, i understand using it for dr. manhattan becuse he's supposed to be the perfect human physique and naked and hung like a donkey, but just to do a costume? what a crock of shit.
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12:46AM on 04/13/2010

Sorry

I know a lot of people seem to like this idea, but no matter what way I look at at it's a fucking terrible, and insanely stupid idea. If this is true it will go down on the long list of pointless waists of money in the film industries.
I know a lot of people seem to like this idea, but no matter what way I look at at it's a fucking terrible, and insanely stupid idea. If this is true it will go down on the long list of pointless waists of money in the film industries.
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10:44PM on 04/12/2010

Hmmmmmmmm

Until I see it, I'm not totally won over yet.
Until I see it, I'm not totally won over yet.
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9:08PM on 04/12/2010
Don't see the point so much of CG-ing the suit as much as the ring effects, but whatever. It should be something amorphous and cool looking, be sure to take your shrooms first kind of thing that I usually like..
Don't see the point so much of CG-ing the suit as much as the ring effects, but whatever. It should be something amorphous and cool looking, be sure to take your shrooms first kind of thing that I usually like..
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7:22PM on 04/12/2010
Go ahead and have that second doughnut Reynolds, if they're going to CG your suit, might as well have them shave off a few pounds in post. I love the future! Seriously though, it sounds like an interesting idea.
Go ahead and have that second doughnut Reynolds, if they're going to CG your suit, might as well have them shave off a few pounds in post. I love the future! Seriously though, it sounds like an interesting idea.
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6:32PM on 04/12/2010
Automan most certainly comes to mind.
Automan most certainly comes to mind.
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5:40PM on 04/12/2010
I think it's unnecessary, why make such a big deal over a costume? sounds like they're putting too much work into what Reynolds will look like rather than worrying on what the entire film will turn out to be.
I think it's unnecessary, why make such a big deal over a costume? sounds like they're putting too much work into what Reynolds will look like rather than worrying on what the entire film will turn out to be.
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4:18PM on 04/12/2010

Sounds Neat

Just so long as the suit is nice and clingy in all the right places.
Just so long as the suit is nice and clingy in all the right places.
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3:12AM on 04/13/2010
it aint gonna be real
it aint gonna be real
4:15PM on 04/12/2010
I think that's kind of cool, actually. I'm not really into Green Lantern that much...I know some people who are just OBSESSED, but I just never really saw the appeal, but this news has oddly peaked my curiosity.
I think that's kind of cool, actually. I'm not really into Green Lantern that much...I know some people who are just OBSESSED, but I just never really saw the appeal, but this news has oddly peaked my curiosity.
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3:23PM on 04/12/2010
I'm not sure what I think of this. It could be incredible or it could be rather ridiculous. We shall see.
I'm not sure what I think of this. It could be incredible or it could be rather ridiculous. We shall see.
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2:36PM on 04/12/2010
Will they be cg'ing out Ryan's face and his personality?
Will they be cg'ing out Ryan's face and his personality?
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12:33PM on 04/12/2010
I'm ok with whatever as long as they don't ruin it. Sadly I think they will.
I'm ok with whatever as long as they don't ruin it. Sadly I think they will.
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12:24PM on 04/12/2010
This actually makes a lot of sense. The Lantern costume is a creation of the ring, and it often shown glowing with power. My guess is that it will be part practical, part CG.
This actually makes a lot of sense. The Lantern costume is a creation of the ring, and it often shown glowing with power. My guess is that it will be part practical, part CG.
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12:01PM on 04/12/2010
As a proud comic geek, I'm good with this. The last few years Kyle Rayner's suit in the comics has been energized and usually had the lantern symbol almost popping off the suit. Cant wait for this movie.
As a proud comic geek, I'm good with this. The last few years Kyle Rayner's suit in the comics has been energized and usually had the lantern symbol almost popping off the suit. Cant wait for this movie.
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11:53AM on 04/12/2010
In Campbell I trust but a CG suit, I'm not sure....
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In Campbell I trust but a CG suit, I'm not sure....
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11:25AM on 04/12/2010
I am outraged! My tiny insignificant imagination can't possibly accept that these creative professionals that have proven their talents already could possibly know what they are doing! How dare they do something new to fit the story they are telling!! Technology needs to stop improving and being utilized because for the rest of history every movie ever should look exactly the same way. I miss the days when the cameraman had so sit in a 110 degree outhouse shaped box just to record scratchy
I am outraged! My tiny insignificant imagination can't possibly accept that these creative professionals that have proven their talents already could possibly know what they are doing! How dare they do something new to fit the story they are telling!! Technology needs to stop improving and being utilized because for the rest of history every movie ever should look exactly the same way. I miss the days when the cameraman had so sit in a 110 degree outhouse shaped box just to record scratchy hard-to-understand sound.
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10:11AM on 04/12/2010
Im not sure how I feel about this. I was really looking forward to seeing Reynolds in the Green Lantern costume, but I guess the CG costume could be cool too. We'll see come trailer time I guess. I have a feeling that this movie is going to be very trippy.
Im not sure how I feel about this. I was really looking forward to seeing Reynolds in the Green Lantern costume, but I guess the CG costume could be cool too. We'll see come trailer time I guess. I have a feeling that this movie is going to be very trippy.
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9:50AM on 04/12/2010
That's just bad reasoning. An update on the materials I could see; Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Superman, Watchmen...all looked fantastic, while keeping their signature looks, for the most part.
That's just bad reasoning. An update on the materials I could see; Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Superman, Watchmen...all looked fantastic, while keeping their signature looks, for the most part.
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9:14AM on 04/12/2010
Yeah, sounds like a cool concept, I guess we all have to wait to see how this is going to work out. I found Dr. Manhattan's "digital suit" pretty impressive. So I guess I'm ok with this.
Yeah, sounds like a cool concept, I guess we all have to wait to see how this is going to work out. I found Dr. Manhattan's "digital suit" pretty impressive. So I guess I'm ok with this.
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9:11AM on 04/12/2010
not the worst idea, that's for sure. we'll just have to wait and see.
not the worst idea, that's for sure. we'll just have to wait and see.
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