This weekend Green Lantern faces what might just be his greatest foe yet . . . no, not Hector Hammond, not Sinestro, not even Parallax . . . but a far more formidable adversary: a family movie based on a classic children’s book that’s spanned generations since 1938.
Now, I’m a big fan of Green Lantern, but I’m not gonna lie, this is a fairly recent development, we’re talking the last three years or so. For some reason, Green Lantern just never seemed to get as much attention Batman or Superman. Hell, even The Flash had a TV series for a while.
Meanwhile, poor old Hal Jordan, while receiving plenty of comic fanboy love, has been left out in the cold when it comes to the average (non-comic book-reading) American, which is a shame, cause Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps are pretty amazing. Seeing Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan alongside Green Lantern mainstays Kilowog, Tomar-Re, and Sinestro is pretty awesome.
While Green Lantern struggles with possible obscurity, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is based on the timeless children’s classic that you can probably still find in every school in America. Even if you haven’t read it, it was most-likely read to you at some point. And traditionally, family movies do well at the box-office, even during slumps they bring in money.
So, even though Green Lantern is a big-budget action extravaganza with a relatively family-friendly PG-13 rating, parent’s lack of knowledge about the film might keep them away, sending them, instead, into the warm, welcoming arms of familiarity with Jim Carrey and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. If I had kids, I would be more than happy to take them to see Mr. Popper’s Penguins, without any worry of possibly resenting them for making me see a crappy family movie.
Still, my money is on Green Lantern this weekend. But, I would not be too surprised if Mr. Popper’s Penguins takes the #1 spot. That being said, go see Green Lantern, ya poozers.
What say you? Looking forward to Green Lantern? Did you read Mr. Popper’s Penguins growing up? Would you/will you take your kids to see either?
More importantly, do you remember the 1990 The Flash TV series starring John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen?