Extended <i>Green Lantern</i> TV Spot Plays Up Origin, Tomar-Re, Effects

Warner Bros. has debuted an extended television spot for Green Lantern that clearly lays out the character's origin, plays up Tomar-Re and Hector Hammond, and offers additional glimpses of Parallax.

As I noted Thursday with the release of the character poster for everyone's favorite bird-beaked Lantern, the studio is casting a concentrated spotlight on Tomar-Re, who'll clearly serve as Hal Jordan's and, by extension, the audience's introduction to Oa, the Corps and all things alien. (Heck, he's getting more screen time than Blake Lively!) But will Tomar-Re play that central of a role in the movie, or is Warner Bros. merely eager to show off that it finally has the special effects in order and Geoffrey Rush's distinctive voice is synchronized with the alien's mouth? Whatever the case, the effects are looking pretty impressive.

Directed by Martin Campbell, Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi and Jon Tenney. It opens in 3D and 2D on June 17.

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

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