Recap / Superman The Animated Series S 3 E 7 In Brightest Day
The Green Lantern
guardian Abin Sur, pursued by Sinestro, instructs his ring to seek a new, worthy guardian before dying. The ring selects Kyle Rayner, an artist working for the Daily Planet.
This episode features examples of:
- Badass Normal: Kyle, which is part of why he was chosen.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Kyle got rejected by DC Comics.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: The Lantern battery is activated by the Green Lantern motto.
Kyle/Guardians: In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might beware my power, Green Lantern's light!
- Composite Character: Kyle Rayner from the DCAU combines the backstories of Hal Jordan and Kyle from the comics.
- Evil Gloating: Lampshaded and averted.
Kyle: Wait! Don't you want to talk first? You know, banter back and forth to show me your innate superiority?
- Gilligan Cut: After Kyle stops a mugger, Jimmy takes a picture, saying "Page One for sure!" Cut to a disappointed Jimmy posting the picture in Kyle's cubicle, asking "No Page One, huh?"
- How Do I Shot Web?: Kyle and Superman try to figure out how the Lantern battery works.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Kyle pretends to hand over his ring, but actually hands over a ring-construct decoy that explodes when Sinestro takes hold of it.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: The plot starts off by Abin Sur passing on his ring, which eventually makes its way into Kyle's hands.
- Mythology Gag:
- Hal Jordan gets his nod when Kyle is flung into a fighter plane assigned to a "Col. Hal Jordan".
- Kyle shows he's a Badass Normal when he helps stop a thief - who looks just like Guy Gardner.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Sinestro doesn't bother gloating, he just tries to kill Kyle.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Kyle tries to pull this against Sinestro, but finds his ring has run out of power.
Sinestro: You can't run from me, Green Lantern. I never give up!
You never shut up
, either. (tries to use his ring, which fizzles
- Unprovoked Pervert Payback: As the ring searches for its new recruit, it brushes against a woman's backside, causing her to turn and smack the guy standing behind her.
- The Worf Effect: Sinestro spends much of the episode effectively tossing Superman around.