GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS Pictured above: Peggy from Mad Men, Mal from Firefly, a bunch of goofy aliens.
  • EMERALD KNIGHTS Pictured above: Peggy from Mad Men, Mal from Firefly, a bunch of goofy aliens.

Saturday morning! Time for cartoons!

Neatly tying into next week's Green Lantern flick—the movie which Warner Bros. hopes will help them pull a Marvel and finally set up a multi-superhero movie franchise, but hey, no pressure or anything—the animated, direct-to-video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is less a feature film than it originally appears. At its core, it's a series of vignettes about a few different intergalactic cops, all of whom use goofy magic rings to fight evil. Most of these stories are adapted from various arcs from the Green Lantern comics; since they were originally conceived by different creative teams, none of 'em blend together all that well. But blended they are, thanks to Emerald Knights' flimsy framing device which has new space cop Arisia (voiced by Peggy from Mad Men!) listening politely while old-timer space cop Hal Jordan rambles on and on, telling her old war stories about other space cops. (Nice work, fanboys: Ryan Reynolds might've snagged the role of Hal Jordan in the live-action movie, but geek god Nathan Fillion voices him here—looks like your impassioned message board pleas and obsessive videos about Fillion being perfect for Jordan had some impact, at least.)

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Crisp and bright—especially on Blu-ray—there's little to complain about when it comes to Emerald Knights' visuals, as the look of the film wholeheartedly embraces the cosmic scope and the Skittles-y color palette of the Green Lantern comics. If you're up for a somewhat disjointed narrative (a better approach might've been just doing an Animatrix-style anthology, rather than trying to tie all of these stories together), Emerald Knights does its job well as an enjoyable-enough primer for what all this Green Lantern business is all about. (And it's a primer that's probably needed, honestly—as far as I can tell, the previews for the "real" Green Lantern movie aren't doing much to win over those who don't already care about the character.)

Plus, bonus points to anything that has Henry Rollins voicing this guy, let alone an appearance from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Mogo. 'Cause c'mon—Mogo.

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