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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.


This film provides examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Bolphunga's spacecraft.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Sinestro. Though Atrocious "prophecies" that Sinestro will one day turn evil and destroy the Corps all of his actions in the movie prove the opposite and that he will not be going down that dark path.
  • Alien Blood: Deegan bleeds green. Jaydians bleed blue. Ardakian Trawl's species bleed indigo. Bolphunga's first opponent bleeds yellow. The dead Lanterns shown in Atrocitus's vision have either red, purple, or blue blood.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Hal continues to share stories with Arisia as the film ends.
  • Animated Adaptation: Most stories come from the comics and some are done by the original authors.
  • Animesque: Laira's face goes there sometimes. She also gets a Transformation Sequence.
    • Arisia also has a moment when Krona looms behind her and she does the "raise shoulders, wide eyes, gritted teeth, body shiver" number.
  • An Axe to Grind: Bolphunga wields an electrified one.
  • Anti-Villain: Laira's father, Kentor.
  • Arc Villain: Laira, Mogo, and Abin Sur's stories each feature a single primary villain (Kentor, Bolphunga, and Atrocitus respectively).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Krona, of the framing story.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Sinestro, Kilowog and Laira blast in to save Arisia from a Shadow Demon.
    • Mogo in the final battle, single-handedly killing Krona's entire Shadow Demon army and pushing the planet into him when he was previously holding it at bay. He's literally a big damn hero.
  • Big Entrance: Mogo's Big Damn Heroes moment. Arisia sums it up: "He may not socialize, but he sure does know how to make an entrance."
  • Blood Knight: Bolphunga, his hunger for battle only matched by his hunger for food.
  • Cassandra Truth: Atrocitus tell Abin Sur how Sinestro is destined to betray the Green Lantern Corp, and form his own Corp based on the yellow light of fear, which Abin Sur refuses to believe.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mogo.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Arisia says that she was taking physics classes before she became a Green Lantern. Guess who's the one to point out the best way to destroy anti-matter.
  • The Chosen Many: And these are their stories.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Laira gets this in the fight with her father.
  • Co-Dragons: Ree'yu and Rubyn, to Kantor.
  • Continuity Nod: Laira's Transformation Sequence when she first puts on the ring is the same as Hal's from First Flight.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Deegan draws the GL symbol on Kilowog with his own green blood.
  • Crapsack World: The entire universe was this in its earliest days, being a lawless wasteland in a state of perpetual warfare. The Green Lantern Corps was founded to fix this.
  • Creator Cameo: Bruce Timm as Galius Zed which is also a Death by Cameo.
  • Dare to Be Badass: This is a point of the training that Kilowog and Deegan before him tried to instill in new lantern recruits. Justified in that some lanterns never even had combat experience before joining the Green Lantern Corp. and thus need training and a good kick in the ass to turn them into proper badass lanterns.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Arisia: Where is everyone?
    Sinestro: Patrolling the Sun. Things are starting to get hot out there.
    • Also Abin Sur
      Sinestro: I've seen you look better, my friend.
      Abin Sur: And I've seen you look worse.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the original story, Bolphunga flies away, and Mogo may not even have noticed his visit.
  • Dramatic Irony: A bunch of holograms show happy moments from Laira and her father's lives as they fight.
    • As usual, references to Sinestro being a good guy who'd never betray the Corps are played for as much of this as possible.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Deegan. And Kilowog, obviously (although not as bad as Deegan).
    Kilowog: "First combat?"
    Arisia: "...Yes."
    Kilowog: "Don't worry, Rookie. This ain't gonna be half as bad as boot camp."
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Oa. After it has been shoved into Krona's face. And thrown in the sun.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Laira's homeworld, Jayd, to Asian cultures, as in the comics.
  • Fatal Flaw: In his story, it's shown that Abin Sur was so dedicated to his duty that he would forgo resting in favor of working, and would only stop working to charge his ring when its energy dropped to unacceptable levels. This leads to him nearly dying when his ring power drops too low during the fight, the same thing that - as Atrocitus predicts - is what later led to his Death by Origin Story.
  • Foreshadowing: Back to back of all things.
    Atrocitus: There are things worse than death, Green Lantern.
    Sinestro: If I had a Power Ring for every time I heard that, I would have my own Corps.
  • Green Lantern Ring:
    • 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 is a powerful Energy Being that tried to destroy the Universe in the past for no apparent reason, and is returning to do it again. He never speaks, he just exists to be an obstacle. 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.
  • Genius Loci: Mogo doesn't socialize.
  • 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.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: After hitting it with a planet.
  • 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,
  • Kamehamehadoken: Avra shoots one during a training scene.
  • Kirby Dots: When Krona appears.
  • Knight Templar: Kentor Omoto of Jayd. His atrocities are a way of ensuring that the Golden Dragon Clan—which he rules—reigns supreme, and of restoring his lost honor.
  • Large Ham: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as Bolphunga, and Wade Williams as Deegan.
  • Lavender-Skinned Space Babe: Laira.
  • Leotard of Power: Laira wears a fairly modest one.
  • Little "No": Sinestro utters one when he thinks Abin Sur has been killed by an exploding Lantern battery.
  • Mythology Gag: Mogo doesn't socialize.
    • Hal Jordan alludes to Ch'p, an alien squirrel-like Lantern, though he is unnamed but briefly seen. (In First Flight he does have a few lines.)
  • New Meat: Arisia
  • Noodle Incident: Hal ends the movie with one.
    Hal: C'mon, I'll tell you about the time I took on an army of Manhunters, and my only backup was this squirrel...
  • Oh, Crap!: Deegan when the Khunds go for Tank Goodness.
    • And Bolphunga when he realizes exactly how screwed he is, when Mogo finally reveals himself.
  • One-Man Army: The first four Lanterns against an Armada.
  • 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.
  • Recursive Ammo: Khundians are fond of these.
  • Rebellious Princess: Laira, who defies her father when he begins committing atrocities against Jayd's enemies.
  • R-Rated Opening: Shadow Demons ripping a Lantern apart, which is quite brutal for a PG-rated movie.
  • Scenery Porn: The long panning shot of Mogo's surface.
  • Screw Destiny: Sinestro's viewpoint, contrasting his friend Abin Sur.
  • Secret Test of Character: this is implied to be the reason behind Deegan's mockery of Kilowog's tendency to put himself in danger to save his fellow recruits
  • Seppuku: Laira's father commits a PG version of this.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Space Police
  • Superhero Origin: The first story is about the first four Lanterns and their first mission, showing the origin of the Corps.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Hal isn't the center of focus in the movie, but all except for one of the stories we are told are narrated by him and the action scenes in the final battle including him are given more detail.
  • This Is a Drill: Seen as a ring construct during "The First Lantern" story.
  • Un-person: 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.
  • Wham Shot: While the viewers likely weren't surprised, Mogo's World-Healing Wave certainly acts as one for Bolphunga.
  • Wolverine Claws: Laira's brother Rubyn uses extendable claws that spring from his wrist gauntlets.
  • 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.


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