Everyone is curious to see what Ryan Reynolds will look like in costume in the big screen adaptation of DC Comicsí Green Lantern. Production started earlier this month in New Orleans, and while the first set photos have begun to hit the web ó donít expect to see Reynolds in the green suit. Not today, not next week, not next month, not ever. So donít expect to see any leaked shots of Reynolds in the actual suit until Warner Bros makes the official full reveal.
Well, because there isnít a suit.
Thatís right. No suit. When I was first told this info, I didnít believe it. I actually didnít even consider it as a real possibility. But the information Iím about to reveal has since been backed up by two other independent sources. I stand by this information 150% ó this is legit. I risk my reputation on it. Ready for it? OkayÖ
The suit that Ryan wears on set is a grey tracking motion/performance capture suit with led lights. Iíve heard that Ryan Reynolds has been joking on set that Warner Bros is going to make him into a Naívi when the final cut is released. His joke, not mine. The Green Lantern suit you will see in the final film will be almost entirely created using computers.
Thatís right ó Green Lanternís suit will be mostly CG!
I said STOP. Comic book fanatics should not freak out just yetÖ
My source within Warner Bros assures me that the suit will look cool. Donít let the words ďComputer generatedĒ scare you.
I must first remind you that Ngila d*ckson, 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 youíve seen it before? Donít 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 weíve seen in the past. Honestly, isnít the look becoming overused?
Remember, the Green Lantern suit is something that should look alien ó 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 d*ckson 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.
Iíve heard that when the cg is complete, the suit will look like a manifestation of his power. And while I couldnít confirm this, Iíve heard that DCís 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 Iíve since been told might just be for mo-cap tracking purposes.