Grant Morrison Talks DC’s The Green Lantern

Grant Morrison Talks DC’s The Green Lantern

Shining A Light On DC’s Cosmic Policeman

Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s The Green Lantern has been a big hit at DC and Morrison just chatted to Deadline about the new series. So here’s a few juicy quotes from him from that chat…

For Morrison, it was about harkening back to the classic sixties portrayal of Hal Jordan, he admits: “For me it was always going back to the beginning and the creators of the thing, Gardner Fox and John Broome, and the stories they did back in the 1960s. Especially John Broome, who kind of stuck with the character through that whole time and was himself a beatnik, I’ve always thought. I wanted to go back to his basic idea of Hal Jordan, who is someone he always saw as a guy who had his mind blown by being inducted into the Green Lantern Corps, this kind of universal police force. So he wrote him as kind of a humorless spaceman who has come back from the moon or orbit and kind of doesn’t quite understand the world anymore. I found that fascinating. “

For the writer, he decided to go to the nub of things when thinking about how an intergalactic police force could work in a comic: “It’s quite a big thing to do to police the entire galaxy or the universe. There’s the entirety of the space and time universe available to chose from and monitor. So how would you go about doing something like that? And then here’s this representative of the Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan, and while he’s not entirely ordinary he’s still only best specimen that humanity has to offer.”

Morrison has become well known as offering an outsider’s perspective with everything he has written and he brings this to bear on The Green Lantern: “Yeah, there’s a weird lost America you can see from the outside. To someone who like me or Liam who has lived in Scotland or the UK there was this Kennedy America where Americans were pioneers and going to the moon and possessing this science-fiction energy. And it’s been lost. In Green Lantern we get to play with that as a concept and almost as a satire. “

The writer is very pleased with his artistic collaborator Liam Sharp: “He’s just very imaginative. I took on the job only because Liam was going to do it. We had talked about working together and I knew it would go well. I’ve been throwing concepts at him and he’s way up to the challenge and beyond the challenge, really. What he’s doing is very reminiscent of the illustrative album covers of the 1970s.”

He found the film with Ryan Reynolds disappointing, he admits. “I thought Ryan Reynolds was great but the movie probably should have ended sometime before he travels to Oa, the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps and the place where he meets all these other members of the Corps. With the stories we’re doing now we tried to approach as the story of this one person, who is a very specific human being and he’s not quite like the creators or artists that are doing it.”

The series takes two specific previous comic iterations for its inspiration, Morrison reveals: “the Kane and Adams versions, those are the ones that we chose to combine for the version we are doing now. Kane was doing Green Lantern almost as a ballet dancer, he was basing it on Rudolf Nureyev, he was a guy who didn’t need to be a muscle man to get his job done. He has a magic ring that he aims at things. Both Kane and Adams portrayed him as this very lean physique as opposed to the brawler physique of Superman or the martial arts physique of Batman.”

For Grant Morrison, it is the appeal of working on characters that aren’t really like him, he states:”I think he’d be very charismatic but would I like him. For me the interesting thing in working on Wonder Woman and now on Green Lantern is getting into characters that are quite unlike me. Trying to find common ground with this guy — I mean he’s a test pilot, he’s very cool, he’s got no fear, he rushes into things because he’s so good at everything that he can usually handle anything. That’s not me. He’s The Right Stuffguy, as you said, and he’s got the ego and confidence. In the continuity of DC Comics, too, this guy is weird. He’s lived, he’s died, he’s been reborn, he’s had these cosmic adventures and he’s got the psychology that he’s actually been able to handle all of that.”

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