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Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern. The series is currently airing on Cartoon Network, as part of their "DC Nation" television block. A one hour[2] sneak peek aired on November 11, 2011[3][4] while the official premiere of the series was on March 3, 2012, with a new episode airing every week since then.[1][5] A special screening of the first episode was shown at New York Comic Con 2011 on October 15, 2011.[6] This is the first Green Lantern television series and the first CGI DC/WB series. The series, alongside Young Justice, is believed to have been cancelled; with the two shows set to be replaced by Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! in Spring and Summer 2013.[7][8] The series consists of one, 26-episode long season divided into two 13-episode story arcs.[9]

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[hide] *1 Plot

[edit] PlotEdit

Main article: List of Green Lantern: The Animated Series episodes

The series focuses on the adventures of Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, and his partner Kilowog. In the first story arc, they battle the series' main antagonists, the Red Lanterns,[5] led by the villain Atrocitus.[10] Atrocitus, seeking revenge on The Guardians of the Universe for destroying his home planet, leads the Red Lanterns against the worlds and Green Lanterns of "Frontier Space." In the second story arc, the primary antagonist becomes the Anti Monitor, controlling an army of Manhunters. Carol Ferris, Salaak, The Guardians of the Universe, Saint Walker, and Zilius Zox serve as supporting characters in the series, and Guy Gardner appeared in the first episode of the second half of the season.

[edit] CharactersEdit

[edit] Main charactersEdit

  • Hal Jordan/Green Lantern (voiced by Josh Keaton) - The main protagonist, Hal Jordan is the first human to become a Green Lantern, and is considered one of the best. He is an almost fearless and skilled Lantern. He has a history of disobeying orders and disregarding rules to achieve success. His superiors see him as a loose cannon, but they are willing to overlook his transgressions due to his skill and accomplishments. At the start of the second half of Season 1, he was replaced by Guy Gardner as the Green Lantern of Earth, but was promoted to Honor Guard Corps for his victory over the Red Lanterns.
  • Kilowog (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) - A veteran Green Lantern, Kilowog is a close friend of Hal and is in charge of training new Green Lantern recruits. Kilowog accompanies Hal in Frontier Space. He is a member of the Honor Guard, and is less willing to abandon the rules of the Corps. Kilowog is often skeptical of Hal's actions, but he is totally loyal to Hal.
  • Aya (voiced by Grey DeLisle) - The Interceptor's AI, Aya is an artificial intelligence created by Scar as an empathetic alternative to the Manhunters. However, due to being infused with a fragment of an entity inside the Green Lanterns' Central Battery, Aya developed a consciousness with her curiosity and free will leading to her memory being wiped by Scar and installed into the Intercepter as its AI. Able to interfacing with other machines, creating a robot body to aid her group, Aya's consciousness resurfaces as she begins to consider herself a Green Lantern while developing feelings for Razer. But the episode "Cold Fury", after having her heart broken, Aya shuts down her emotions in order to destroy the Anti-Monitor by removing his head from his body so she can attach herself to it. Afterwards, declaring that her former team cares nothing for her and her kind, the emotionless Aya takes control over the Manhunters before departing to enact her own intention of wiping out all life in an instant.
  • Razer (voiced by Jason Spisak) - A reformed Red Lantern who is exclusive to the series. Razer was a follower of Atrocitus but began to question him, and eventually turned against the other Red Lanterns after they placed a bomb on a planet. They forced Razer to activate it to prove his loyalty, subsequently destroying the planet. The guilt-ridden Razer sought out Hal and tried to provoke him into killing him as penance. Hal, however, took him prisoner. After Razer proved himself, he was invited to join the team and make up for his past actions, now fueling his Red Power Ring with the rage he feels towards Atrocitus for turning him into a murderer. Razer has, over the course of the series, fallen in love with Aya, who based her physical appearance on his dead wife Ilana. He confessed his love for her at the end of "Loss," but took it back in "Cold Fury," saying that he only felt love because she looked like Ilana, although the truthfulness of this is unclear.

[edit] GuardiansEdit

[edit] Green Lantern CorpsEdit

  • Mogo: (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) A sentient planet that imprisoned criminals on its surface for many years before becoming a Green Lantern.
  • Salaak: (voiced by Tom Kenny) A multi-armed Green Lantern senior administrator who appears in the first season finale, defending the Guardians from the Red Lantern invasion. He is visibly upset when he discovers that the Guardians have been withholding information from the Corps.
  • Ch'p: Ch'p appears as a new recruit of the Green Lanterns pitted against Hal Jordan as part of a bet. In a convincing display of skill, the Green Lantern squirrel easily defeats Jordan, winning the bet for his trainer, Kilowog. He later assists Hal in rescuing Aya from the Guardians' labs.[11] Ch'p appears again as a squadron leader during the Battle of Ranx. [12]
  • Tomar-Re: (voiced by Jeff Bennett) Tomar-Re is a member of the Green Lantern Honor Guard, who teams with Hal to investigate the Manhunter threat.[13] He later appears at the Battle of Ranx, leading one of the Green Lantern squadrons. [14]
  • Guy Gardner: (voiced by Diedrich Bader) Hal's replacement as the Sector Lantern of 2814 after Hal's victory over the Red Lantern Corps and promotion to the Corps Honor Guard.
  • Sinestro: (voiced by Ron Perlman) Considered one of the greatest, though unconventional in his tactics, Green Lanterns, he is Hal Jordan's idol and mentor. He has shown to be willing to kill his enemies, in violation of Green Lantern protocols.
  • Chaselon The crystalline Green Lantern is first seen in the episode "Reboot", where he is assigned to watch over the lab where Aya is being dissected. He is distracted by Hal Jordan while Ch'p recovers Aya's memory core. Later, Chaselon serves in Guy Gardner's squadron at the Battle of Ranx, alongside Larvox. Chaselon is characterized as naive and somewhat lonely, admitting to Hal that he has few friends on Oa. [15]

[edit] Red Lantern CorpsEdit

  • Atrocitus (voiced by Jonathan Adams) - The (former) leader of the Red Lantern Corps.
  • Zillius Zox (voiced by Tom Kenny) - A sycophant who is almost never far from Atrocitus's side, constantly offering him praise. After Atrocitus was arrested, Zox became the new leader of the Red Lanterns.
  • Bleez (voiced by Grey DeLisle) - The only female Red Lantern depicted, Bleez comes from a winged race and prefers to rely on her own wings to fly while in-atmosphere, rather than her Red Power Ring.
  • Veon (voiced by Jason Spisak) - A cyclopean Red Lantern who apparently possesses some measure of psychic ability.
  • Skallox (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) - A hulking, brutish Red Lantern, with an ongoing rivalry against Kilowog, his physical equal.
  • Cleric Loran[16] (voiced by Corey Burton) - An eyeless, armored, slug-like alien of an unknown species who is exclusive to the series. Loran does not appear to possess a Power Ring, but maintains a Chapel dedicated to Atrocitus on the Red Lantern's base, the Shard. Loran, along with the Red Lantern Corps, venerates Atrocitus as a prophet and visionary, calling Atrocitus' rage "holy", and quoting passages from the Book of Rage (an object similar to the Book of Parallax and the Book of the Black) like scripture.
  • Ragnar[17] (voiced by Will Friedle) - Ragnar is a character that exists in the mainstream of DC Comics, but only becomes a Red Lantern in Green Lantern: The Animated Series. After failing to become a Green Lantern and seeing his sister (Queen Iolande) chosen in his place, his great rage at failing to gain the power of a green ring brings him to the Red Lanterns.

[edit] Blue Lantern CorpsEdit

  • Saint Walker: (voiced by Phil Morris) The first Blue Lantern in the universe.
  • Brother Warth: (voiced by Brian George) The second Blue Lantern whose appearance is that of an elephant.

[edit] Star SapphiresEdit

  • Carol Ferris: (voiced by Jennifer Hale) Hal Jordan's love interest and Vice President at Ferris Aircraft. In "New Guy," she ends her relationship with Hal due to his responsibilities as a Green Lantern. In "Love Is a Battlefield" Carol is brought back to Zamaron to be the champion of Love and fight Atrocitus who is the champion of Hate. Her battle with Atrocitus is tough and she realizes that she can use her power ring to call her loved one to aid her. Hal comes through the star portal to help Carol and together they defeat Atrocitus. At the end of the episode, Carol decided to keep her ring to honor Gi'ata and also renews her relationship with Hal.
  • Queen Aga'po: (voiced by Grey DeLisle) The queen of Zamaron and leader of the Star Sapphires. She and her Corps use the power of Love to help couples to be together.
  • Gi'ata: (voiced by Jennifer Hale) The niece of Queen Aga'po. She thought Love was just a way to help people became happy by bringing loved ones together. In "Love and War" she falls in love with Hal even though Hal loves Carol. Carol tells Gi'ata how Love is suppose to be and how the feeling really means. With that, Gi'ata taught her people what true love really is by the end of the episode. In "Homecoming" she helped Hal and Razor get to the destination to save Oa by being transported to their loved ones. In "Love is a Battlefield" Aya going viral attacks Zamaron believing that Love is the most destructive emotion of all. Gi'ata points out that it is not evil as she was taught that Love really means which she was taught by her teacher. Aya brings Carol back to Zamaron to know if it is true, than decided a trial between Love and Hate by bringing Atrocitus to represent Hate and Carol represent Love as Gi'ata gives Carol her sapphire ring and Aya gives Atrocitus his red power ring. In the battle with Carol and Atrocitus, Carol calls Hal for help as Hal enters the star portal to help Carol. In the battle, Atrocitus use his red flame blast to kill Hal, but Gi'ata flew in to block Atrocitus's attack receiving major injuring. When the battle ended, Hal told her that she shouldn't have done that with her responding to him and Carol that no greater honor to protect love is noble as it is her last as she dies in Hal's arms. Queen Aga'po tells Hal, Carol, Razor, and Kilowog that her niece did not die in vain, but to protect the true meaning of love and will be honor as the greatest Star Sapphire of Zamaron, with Carol saying they will remember Gi'ata in their hearts as a true hero.
  • Galia: (voiced by Vanessa Marshall) Kilowog met her on her home planet. She reminds him of his wife seeing how their species look alike. In "Fear Itself," Kilowog helps her people fight their enemies who turns out not to be hostile but to help get rid of the yellow crystals that are poisonous. In "Love and War," Galia was brought to Zamaron by Queen Aga'po to become a Star Sapphire as a way to capture Kilowog, however, in "Homecoming" and "Love Is a Battlefield" she is not seen among the Corps suggesting that she may have been released from her duties to the Star Sapphires.

[edit] Orange Lantern CorpsEdit

[edit] MachinesEdit

  • Manhunters: Emotionless robots created by the Guardians to serve as soldiers of the Green Lantern Corps. However, they were given imperfect programming which caused them to deem all beings with emotions as evil, which started up the Red Lantern Corps. The Manhunters were then disposed of by the Guardians, but were revived by the Anti-Monitor in Season 2. After Aya destroys the Anti-Monitor, she deems herself as the queen of the Manhunters. Voiced by Josh Keaton.
  • Anti-Monitor: A humongous robot created by a renegade Guardian, it has an insatiable hunger and feeds on literally everything. After it went rogue upon creation, its creator banished it to an alternate dimension, but this only caused that dimension to be fed on. Eventually the Anti-Monitor returned to its own dimension, ressurected the Manhunters, and began wreaking havoc, thus becoming the second season's main antagonist. In "Cold Fury", it was destroyed by a super-charged Aya, only for her to assimilate in the Anti-Monitor's place. Voiced by Tom Kenny.

[edit] DevelopmentEdit

[2][3]Concept art for Hal Jordan in his "flight suit".

Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of Time Warner's Turner Networks unit, originally announced that Green Lantern: The Animated Series would be a part of Cartoon Network's original programming.[18] A preview of the show was featured at the 2010 New York Comic Con featuring test footage, characters/story description, and art work. Bruce Timm, who produced the entire DC Animated Universe, also announced at New York Comic Con that he'd be producing the show. A total of 26 episodes had been ordered for the first season. By the time of New York Comic Con, thirteen had already been planned, and five had already been recorded.[19] The series is not intended to be an origin story, due to Warner Brothers already releasing a film based on the characters' origin.[20] The series is the first television series by Bruce Timm and the first series featuring Green Lantern to be rendered using CG. [2] The producers have confirmed that it was requested that the character Sinestro not be used.[21] This was later overturned in 2013, when Sinestro finally did appear. The producers also confirmed that if the series was a hit, other Lanterns like Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner might be introduced.[21]

Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an epic space adventure that has something for everyone, and we are delighted for fans to see it November 11 on Cartoon Network. We can’t wait to show the world this fresh take on an iconic hero—one that represents not only the first Bruce Timm series to be produced in CG, but also the first time Green Lantern has been rendered in CG.

— Sam Register[2]

[edit] CastEdit

[edit] CrewEdit

[edit] International broadcastEdit

Region Network(s) Series premiere Reference(s)
[4] Australia GO! January 27, 2012 (Sneak peek) [32]
[5] Brazil Cartoon Network July 30, 2012 (Official Premiere) [33]
[6] Bulgaria Cartoon Network December 13, 2012 (Official premiere) [34]
[7] Canada Teletoon November 11, 2011 (Sneak peek)

March 23, 2012 (Official premiere)

[35]

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[8] Hungary Cartoon Network December 13, 2012 (Official premiere)
[9] India Cartoon Network November 4, 2012 (Official premiere)
[10] Poland Cartoon Network December 10, 2012 (Official premiere)
[11] South Africa Cartoon Network August 6, 2012 (Official premiere)
[12] United States Cartoon Network November 11, 2011 (Sneak peek)

March 3, 2012 (Official premiere)

[3][4]

[5]

[13] Germany Kabel Eins January 6, 2013 (Official premiere) [37]
[14] Netherlands Cartoon Network January 7, 2013 (Official premiere)
[15] United Kingdom Cartoon Network (UK & Ireland) and CITV TBA

[edit] ReceptionEdit

[edit] ReviewsEdit

Green Lantern, since its first showing at the 2011 Comic Con, has received positive reviews. Chris Sims of ComicsAlliance commented that he'd never been a huge fan of Green Lantern, but rather of DC Animation Universe creator Bruce Timm, and when he heard that Timm was producing the series he began looking forward to it, saying that the one-hour premiere "does it right."[38] Tony Guerrero of Comic Vine said it was "a good first episode and definitely worth checking out."[39] Brian Lowry of Variety praised the animation style, saying that "Warner Bros. has gone full bore into the CGI dimension with a bold, sleek design that more than anything resembles The Incredibles."[40]

[edit] Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Category Result
39th Annie Awards Best General Audience Animated TV Production[41] Nominated
Music In a Television Production - Frederik Wiedmann[41] Nominated

[edit] Other mediaEdit

[edit] Comic booksEdit

Comic books have been announced and will be released throughout the broadcasting of the series. Its 32-paged[42] debut comic, Green Lantern: The Animated Series #0 was released on November 30, 2011, written by Art Baltazar with art by Dario Brizuela.[43][44] The first issue received mixed to positive reviews, with one reviewer giving a B+ stating it is "good kids material" and "a fun way to introduce new readers, especially younger readers, to the Green Lantern universe without having to worry about the violence level."[45] The issue gathered a high sales debut, with an approximate 13,500 copies sold.[46] A story from the comics will be included in the DC Nation 2012 Free Comic Day comic.[42]

[edit] Licensed merchandiseEdit

DC Direct will release two limited edition maquettes, to accompany the official release of Green Lantern: The Animated Series in spring 2012. The first maquette is Hal Jordan, sculpted by Paul Harding, and was released on March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07).[47] The other, Atrocitus, is sculpted by Dave Cortez and was released on May 23, 2012 (2012-05-23).[48] Mattel had plans to manufacture action figures based on the series in 2011, but none have been produced yet.[49]

[edit] SoundtrackEdit

La-La Land Records, the record label behind the Batman: The Animated Series soundtracks, released the show's soundtrack on July 31, 2012.

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