Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is a 2011 direct to DVD Movie out of DC's DVD Movie line.An anthology much like Batman Gotham Knight, framed as Hal Jordan telling tales of the Green Lantern Corps to the newly recruited Arisia as they prepare to fight an attack from the Antimatter Universe.Features Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan, Jason Isaacs as Sinestro and Elisabeth Moss as Arisia, as well as Eddie Berganza, Alan Burnett, Todd Casey, Dave Gibbons, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi as writers and Chris Berkeley, Lauren Montgomery and Jay Oliva as directors.While something of a tie-in to the Live Action Film it's not in the same continuity, and shares the drawing style and character models with Green Lantern: First Flight, though it's not a sequel to that either (where Hal is the rookie and Arisia is the veteran).The anthology, with a framing story that is loosely based on the first Tales of The Green Lantern Corps.Comic Book miniseries, contains the following stories, which are mostly adapted from comic storylines going from the Eighties to the current volume, of:
The First Lantern,
Kilowog, based upon the story "New Blood"
Laira, based upon the story "What Price Honor?"
Mogo Doesn't Socialize, based upon the Alan Moore story of the same name.
Abin Sur, based upon "Tygers", also by Alan Moore.
Art Shift: "The First Lantern" and "Kilowog" have a decidedly more cartoony style and proportions compared to the other shorts, which may be because those are the ones that focus the least on human-like aliens. The stories of both aren't Lighter and Softer though, they match up pretty well to the rest of the film and it isn't as dramatic a shift as similar DTV movies have done.
As You Know: The way the Guardians expose who Krona is and why he was imprisoned. Also, for some reason, Kentor needs to remind his daughter how she became a Green Lantern.
Badass: Plenty of them, with Deegan being a good example.
Deegan: "In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night, no evil shall escape my sight...YOU FREAKIN' BASTARDS!!
Bad Future: Atrocitus tells of a future where Sinestro and his Corps destroy the GLC and conquer the universe.
Berserk Button: Mogo seemed pretty content to let Bolphunga rampage across his surface cutting things. After all, what's a few trees to an entire planet? Then Bolphunga tried to firebomb the entire surface, so Mogo stopped screwing around.
BFS: Avra makes one as the first construct ever created from a Green Lantern ring. He then cuts a starship in half.
Though the story of the first Lantern shows that the Guardians didn't think of using the rings for constructs, meaning they just thought it would be a powerful force field/laser beam, and not the all purpose device it is.
Generic Doomsday Villain: Krona. The anthology format doesn't have time to make him anything else, but it's particularly noticeable since Kilowog's and Laira's stories were able to carry the emotional weight that Krona's lacks completely.
Heroic Willpower: In addition to literally powering the Corps, Avra gets this when things seem hopeless for the recruits.
Honor Before Reason: Laira's father commits war crimes in order to regain the honor he thinks he lost because Laira (a newly minted Green Lantern) had called for help from the Corps in order to turn back the invasion of her planet, as opposed to using her new powers to help her father win the battle.
Hypocritical Humor: Hal says that Laira "hasn't been around long", but Laira's flashback shows that Abin Sur was still alive when she became a GL, meaning that Laira has been a Lantern for longer than Jordan has,
Plot Hole: At the start of Abin Sur's story, he asks who Atrocitus is. Atrocitus doesn't give his name, but after his battery is destroyed Abin calls him by name. No explanation is given for how he learned it.
Prophecy Twist: Oa was said to be destroyed in the battle. It was. Not in a good way for the bad guys, though.
Super Hero Origin: The first story is about the first four Lanterns and their first mission, showing the origin of the Corps.
This Is a Drill: Seen as a ring construct during "The First Lantern" story.
Unperson: Though he wrote two of the stories that are retold here, Alan Moore's name is conspicuously absent from the credits. This is probably at his insistence; he looks very poorly on adaptations of his work.
Villainous Breakdown: Bolphunga spends weeks on a planet searching in vain for Mogo, slowly being driven insane from chasing endless reports of green lantern energy from his recon drones that lead to nothing. So he tries to firebomb the surface, which is completely undone in seconds while a giant Lantern symbol materializes. Finally he realizes what Mogo is. He doesn't take it well.
World-Healing Wave: Mogo does this to himself when Bolphunga tries to bomb the entire surface, reversing the damage in a few seconds before forming a giant GL logo on his surface to show Bolphunga that he's messed with the wrong planet.