Neville Page Talks About Creating The Green Lantern Corps
Published: October 20, 2010 - 2:41pm
Creature designer Neville Page, known for his work on Star Trek and Avatar , took some time to discuss his experience working on the multitude of aliens represented in Green Lantern.
IGN: What was the most challenging aspect of bringing those characters to life?
Neville Page: You know, because there's such a fanbase for it already there's an expectation that you have to honor making sure that you are fair and true to the interpretation, but the challenge is that some of the core ideas that are in the comic book are so wacky, so bizarre. I remember looking at one of them that looked like a piece of sushi with a Green Lantern logo and I thought if that's gonna be one of mine I don't know how we're gonna pull that off. But there were a few where it just made no sense how we were going to make it plausible and real and live in the same world [as the humanoid characters]. It works in the cartoons and the comics, but to stick it next to Kilowog, who's going to be our Na'vi in terms of the execution, Tomar-Re, and a few others?
What we had to do was be fair to what the expectation was gonna be, but manipulate it so it was gonna be something viable and real. And what was the greatest challenge was knowing that the greatest opportunity that we'll probably get too much credit for from non-fans was how creative we were when in fact we're taking really great ideas and we're trying not to change them too much. We had the greatest opportunity to have an incredibly good starting foundation to work from versus if they came to us and said we want a whole bunch of different characters, you guys are your own. One of things I've learned from working on Green Lantern was how much I need to push myself creatively because I saw these creatures -- I'd never conceive that because I haven't done enough drugs or whatever. I don't know how those guys did it.
Read the rest of the interview over at IGN Movies. Green Lantern is set for release June 17, 2011.
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 Parallaxhe will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.