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Green Lantern: Beware My Power

 
 
Film Information
 

Plot: A recently discharged Marine sniper is dragged into an intergalactic war, when he becomes the latest in a long-line of Green Lanterns.
Release Date: Available on DVD &Blu-ray (£12) on 25th July 2022, & Digital Download from 26th July 2022.
Format: DVD, blu-ray & digital download.
Director(s):  Jeff Wamester.
Cast: Aldis Hodge, Jimmi Simpson, Ike Amadi, Brian Bloom, Jamie Gray Hyder, Mara Junot, Jason J. Lewis, Keesha Sharp, Simon Templeman, Rick D. Wasserman, Sunil Malhotra, Nolan North.
BBFC Certificate: TBC.
Running Time: 88 mins.
Country Of Origin: USA.
Language: Blu-ray Languages: English, German, Spanish, French. Blu-ray Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, French.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
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Film Rating
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


 

Bottom Line


Enough ‘ooh’ moments to fill an entertaining 88 minutes.


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Posted July 24, 2022 by

 
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It can seem, at times, that eventually every superhero comic—no matter how obscure—will get its own TV or film make-over. But while Green Lantern did have its moment—in the form of the 2010 Ryan Reynolds film—compared to Batman or Superman, Green Lantern has been shockingly neglected. Which is a shame because those familiar with the comics will know that not only does the character have huge potential, but a pretty decent line in super-villains.

DC’s latest animated universe adventure, goes some way to rectifying the lack of Lantern action with a feature-length tale that sees the induction of John Stewart in to the Green Lantern Corps.

Recently discharged Marine sniper John Stewart (Aldis Hodge) is at a crossroads in his life, one which is only complicated by receiving an extraterrestrial ring which grants him the powers of the Green Lantern of Earth. Unfortunately, the ring doesn’t come with instructions, but it does come with baggage, like a horde of interplanetary killers bent on eliminating every Green Lantern in the universe. Now, with the aid of the light-hearted Green Arrow (Jimmi Simpson), Adam Strange (Brian Bloom), and Hawkgirl (Jamie Gray Hyder), this reluctant soldier must journey into the heart of a galactic Rann/Thanagar war and somehow succeed where all other Green Lanterns have failed.

DC’s animated releases have always been fan-pleasers but this is one that does require a fair-bit of canon knowledge, as well as familiarity with the animated Adam Strange short on the Apokolips War blu-ray. That, in itself raises some questions, that are never satisfactorily answered, about which timeline we’re actually in. In fact, there are more continuity WTFs than there should be in a release of this quality.

And it is quality—Green Lantern: Beware My Power looks good. It looks very damn good. The shame of it is, that it’s not really a Green Lantern story. In fact, once Adam Strange and Hawkgirl arrive, all three ‘new’ characters seem to be vying for screen time, and it’s hard to know whose story we’re following.

That said, there are still enough ‘ooh’ moments to fill an entertaining 88 minutes. Here’s hoping that next time the film-makers hold their nerve and let Green Lantern occupy centre stage in his own film.

 

 

 

 


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

 
Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com


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