EXCLUSIVE: GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Producer Giancarlo Volpe Teases Season 2

Giancarlo Volpe has worked on quite a few animation projects, including Avatar: The Last Airbender. Here we discuss some of the first season of Green Lantern: The Animated Series as well the expectations and secrets of Season 2!

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By Alex Lynch - 8/20/2012


Giancarlo Volpe serves as producer of fan-favorite series Green Lantern: The Animated Series, which recently wrapped up it's first season. The show will return "this fall" alongside Young Justice: Invasion with new episodes, so I went ahead and asked the producer what we can expect from the show this fall. Although he didn't reveal anything too specific, he does reveal some details about Anti-Monitor, new Lanterns, and more.


Q:You worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender. What are your thoughts on The Legend of Korra?
I love it! Besides being friends with (co-creators) Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, I'm also big fans of their work. I really admire how they're able to break all the rules of what a kid's show is supposed to be, and do it so masterfully. Their story telling style is very unconventional, and they take their work so seriously. My only regret is that I was too busy on Green Lantern to help them out.
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Q:Were you a fan of the Green Lantern comics before taking the job of producing the show?
I get asked this question a lot, and the quick response is "not really". I knew who Green Lantern was, (when I was a kid, I watched him in "The Superfriends", long before Bruce did a much better version with "Justice League") but I was not an avid reader of the books. Around the time I was interviewing for this job, a friend of mine recommended some of Geoff John's graphic novels. I thought he did an excellent job capturing the essence of Hal Jordan as well as the rest of the GL universe. His work was invaluable research for our show.
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Q:Why were the Red Lanterns chosen to be the first main villains?
I really liked the whole emotional spectrum element they were doing in the comics. If the Green Lanterns police the galaxy using will-power (ie, a non-emotion) then you need a very volatile emotion to counter them. "Fear" and "anger" are two that come immediately to mind. And since Sinestro was ruled out for season one, the Red Lanterns were the next best pick. I also really love that they have a deep, bitter history with the Guardians. It makes for good drama. Bruce even pointed out that red is opposite to green on the color wheel. It just makes sense on so many levels.


Q:Thanks to the sizzle reel at Comic-Con, we now see that the Anti-Monitor will be the main villain of Season 2. How will he differ from Atrocitus?
You'll have to tune in for exact details, but I'll give you this - Where Atrocitus' whole vendetta is aimed specifically against the Guardians, the Anti Monitor is completely impersonal. It's not looking for revenge, it just sees all life as a swarm of insects that will never be missed if it snuffs them out. In a lot of ways, that's even more horrifying.


Q:We also see the introduction of Ch'p and Tomar-Re. Can we expect to see either of them more than once?
Let's put it this way - it would not be prudent to spend that much time and money on a CG model that we only use once.




Q:Guy Gardner has replaced Hal on Earth. How will this affect Hal? Will the two have a rivalry?
You get a hint of that in the teaser footage we released at Comic Con. They are definitely not best friends. You'll have to watch the season opener to see exactly how it plays out.


Q:Carol Ferris is an integral part of Hal's mythology, will we see her more in Season 2 now that Hal has found his way back to Earth?
Absolutely. In season one Carol was quite literally left behind while Hal battled the Red Lanterns in frontier space. But now that he's no longer stranded out there, he has lots of opportunities to be with Carol and sweep her off her feet...or totally screw things up. You know, whatever's easiest.


Q:One character everyone wants to see is Sinestro. Can you tell us if we can expect him to show?
We leaked the answer to this one at Wonder Con, 2012. I'm kind of surprised it didn't make a bigger splash on the interwebs. I guess it's because at the time no one was really following me on Twitter yet.

What was the question again?


Even though Mr. Volpe didn't reveal anything too specific, he gave us enough details to maintain the hype. The cast and crew of this show absolutely adore their fans, and often interact with them in several ways. Green Lantern: The Animated Series has brilliant writing and animation, so I definitely recommend going out to buy the DVDs. Giancarlo Volpe can be found on Twitter at @Giancarlo_Volpe, so go ahead and try to squeeze some details out of him, but don't be rude! You can check out concept art from the show by clicking here.

Are you more of a fan of Marvel Animation? If so, stay tuned because I'll have a great interview for you coming this week!



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nailbiter111 - 8/20/2012, 4:57 PM
goooooooooood stuff
NerdyGeek - 8/20/2012, 5:00 PM
Good stuff Alex, old buddy old pal!

ThatOneDude - 8/20/2012, 5:08 PM
Can't wait! Now what about YJ?
CeltiC527 - 8/20/2012, 5:31 PM
I'm so excited for season 2, it needs to be September already!
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TheOzmaofOz - 8/20/2012, 5:36 PM
Is the show really that good?
Intothepoop - 8/20/2012, 5:41 PM
it really took off towards the end of the season. good stuff.
BarnaclePete - 8/20/2012, 5:42 PM
Not a great show. I only watched the first season after I heard antimonitor is going to be in season 2. It's very hit and miss. For every good moment, there is at least two shitty. Really disappointed in how they handled the Red Lanterns.
polarkyle - 8/20/2012, 6:17 PM
wait so will sinestro be on this show or not. that was the only question i wanted answered. if anyone can find that leaked answer he was talking could you please tell me
MJPETTY7 - 8/20/2012, 6:48 PM
I talked with Giancarlo Volpe on my podcast right before SDCC and we had a great time. I hope to talk to him again, he is such a cool guy and is very passionate about his job!
Highball - 8/20/2012, 7:14 PM
I'm surprised some people didn't like the show. After the disastrous movie we finally get a show which is rather faithful to the source material and does the characters justice.
I was so happy when they aknowledged the manhunters, something I thought was severly lacking from the movie.
I will admit, the 3d could be better, but that is something that gets better with time as the show gets into its rythm. The Clone Wars is a good example of that.
I'm just very pleased they didn't screw it up like they did with the movie.
Looking forward to Tomar-Re and Ch'p!
Long life to Green Lantern the Animated Series!
superotherside - 8/20/2012, 7:56 PM
Great stuff bud. ;)
knighted - 8/20/2012, 7:58 PM
Tried a few eps but overall I couldnt stand the GL animated first season. Maybe with Hal being back on earth I can get into it.
RSDhillon - 8/20/2012, 8:34 PM
I love love love it!
I can't wait for season 2, with Guy and the Anti-Moniter.
And Tomar-Re!
Verily - 8/20/2012, 9:20 PM
@Highball: I'm pretty sure this series is AMAZING especially with the writing, and the only reason why jlabatman, BarnaclePeter and knighted are knocking the series is because they've watched like 2-3 random episodes and haven't given it a chance after because it detracts from fanboy canon.

The Green Lantern mythos overall in the comics and previous series/movies makes little to no sense continuity-wise anyway, and at least this series is able to make SENSE or ADJUST certain elements that don't work or can't hold up in an episodic run.

Also: JLAbatman, adding more cheesecake isn't going to make it better. It's sexist and it's going to make its now core-audience highly upset and grossed out. Also, it kind of proves you have haven't watched the rest of the series. As there is already female cheesecake :)

Spartan11 - 8/20/2012, 11:36 PM
Two words, sin and estro.
Highball - 8/21/2012, 8:09 AM
@ TheAlexLynch - Maybe I wasn't clear enough. The look of it, the style is indeed textureless. I'm fine with that. That's the style Bruce Timm is known for, and I love that.

What I'm talking about is the actual animation of the characters, the keyframing. If you look closely in some shots, you'll see knees jerk on each step, when Hal crosses his arms, the bending is weird. The lighting could use some work and for those who are familiar with 3d slang, the weighting or skinning of the characters could use some tweaking.

These issues often get improved as a show hits its stride as the artists on the show have a little more time because they're getting familiar with the assets (characters, props, sets and pipeline).

But that aside, I love this show and even if they don't fix the issues I've brought up, I'm still going to keep watching.
dezdigi - 8/21/2012, 8:26 AM
Season 2? Is Season 1 over yet? Seems like they drag these things out nowadays.
MrJohnStewart - 8/21/2012, 12:13 PM
My 2yr old son LOVES this show.....
Billium3 - 8/21/2012, 1:13 PM
At least this show's a fantastic alternative to the ever lousy Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.
PirateOpossum - 10/5/2012, 4:28 AM
hmm... I read it as Season 1 Volume 1 as the first 13 episodes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Green_Lantern:_The_Animated_Series_episodes

PirateOpossum - 10/5/2012, 4:52 AM
and .. Episode 18 in season 1 is called "Prisoner of Sinestro" and it airs on October 27, 2012. description is: Green Lantern Sinestro unleashes a dangerous creature on board the Interceptor
PirateOpossum - 10/5/2012, 11:44 AM
@dezdigi and @TheAlexLynch

Season 1 had a mid season finale at episode 13
Season 1 volume 2 just started with episode 14 (the New Guy)

Season 1 is listed to have at least 18 episodes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Green_Lantern:_The_Animated_Series_episodes

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