Superhero Movie News Stage #1: Anticipation, wherein a project is announced and everyone gets excited and much discussion is had about potential casting and storylines.

Superhero Movie News Stage #2: Hesitation, wherein pictures of the costume and/or set are released to murmurs of disdain and disapproval.

Superhero Movie News Stage #3: Backlash, wherein pixelated, unfinished bizarrely edited footage hits a television entertainment news show and the entire internet breaks down due to severe emotional distress after seeing what they've done to the character.

Truth is, the footage from the upcoming 'Green Lantern' that debuted on Entertainment Tonight isn't bad at all -- it's just six months away from completion and seen entirely out of context. You may argue that Warner Bros. is doing the film a disservice by releasing footage that clearly needs more time at the render farm, but you've got to feed the hype machine somehow, right?

Hopefully, 'Green Lantern' will reach Superhero Movie News Stage #4, wherein the project is released to critical acclaim, big box office and thousands of movie geeks the world over admit they were wrong to judge so soon. Watch the footage after the jump, and see for yourself.


The recent 'Green Lantern' set visit reports hinted at a science fiction epic -- a space opera on a majestic scope -- but the smaller image, Entertainment Tonight voice-over and emphasis on Ryan Reynolds's abs do little to sell it like that. We'll reserve a more informed opinion until the full trailer is released in high quality HD.

'Green Lantern' is directed by 'Casino Royale's Martin Campbell and hits theaters on June 17, 2011. What are your initial thoughts on the footage? Does this new era of DC movies have a chance to halt Marvel's current big-screen reign?