FAN-ticizing: Kilowog As The Main Protagonist For The Next Green Lantern Film
You read the headline right, poozers! Kilowog has been portrayed in media a certain amount of times, but in film, he wasn't treated as the character we see in television in comics. Could the pig-faced Green Lantern hold a film as the main protagonist?
In today’s society of film industry, the market repeats itself with the same techniques and sometimes mistakes. It has been very noticeable that in any non-animated film, there is a majority of films who have a human or something that looks like a human as the film’s main protagonist in a science fiction film. Films such as John Carter, Elysium, Star Wars, and Star Trek are examples of what I’m talking about. But nobody went to see Avatar for the humans; they saw it for the visual effects and for the Na’vi. But there are few films that take risks with characterization. Instead of making the main protagonist a human, why not make him/her an alien or something else? What if, instead of a human Green Lantern, there was an extra-terrestrial Green Lantern. What if Kilowog became the Green Lantern’s film main protagonist? Would it be able to work out?
Kilowog Needs Film Love
That’s right, the big pig-faced Bolovaxian needs film love. Kilowog is a loveable/fan-favorite character of many Green Lantern fans and he barely got any screen time in the horrid Green Lantern film. Kilowog was stripped of his role in the film and he only appeared for about three minutes which was a big letdown to many fans of the Green Lantern mythology, including myself. The audience barely got to know Kilowog and the audience barely even reads comics and it sucks that they had to be held away from such a great character, a character that can look both cuddly like Winnie the Pooh and intimidating. Kilowog definitely needs as much film love as he has comic book love in the comics.
The Potential of Kilowog
The character also carries much potential on his shoulders. As mentioned above, the character didn’t get to show off his potential in the previous Green Lantern film because of screen time shortage. Kilowog is a very obscure character which would construct more curiosity and interest about the character. Kilowog has the potential to become the next Chewbacca or the next science fiction icon in film alongside with his signature word “poozer”. Kilowog has a fair share of history in the Green Lantern mythology and has a very interesting origin story.
The Emotional Depth
Kilowog is a unique character with a unique personality. Kilowog can seem or look hard in and out but can be hard on the outside, but soft on the inside. The one common thing that gives heroes emotional depth is tragedy within family or a loved one. Kilowog has had many of his kind killed on a destroyed planet (a bit similar to Superman), but not only that, but also that he has always been such a lonely character. I’m pretty sure all of us have been lonely in a time in our lives which is something to relate to emotionally and also the loss of loved ones. Many of the Green Lantern’s weakness is the color of yellow, wood, or lack of willpower, but in addition, this big lug’s weakness is being alone, but being kept with a team makes him stronger. I’m pretty sure the audience can feel for such a big lug.
For those of you who watched the amazing animated Green Lantern film, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, it told the origin story of how Kilowog became a part of the Green Lantern Corps. and how he was disciplined. When Kilowog was still a rookie, he was being trained by Sgt. Deegan/Ermey, a long time Green Lantern. Kilowog has been associated with many excellent Green Lantern story arcs such as Secret Origin. Kilowog’s species known as the Bolovaxians have had a long dynasty of Green Lantern’s on their planet, such as Branwilla, the Green Lantern that Kilowog succeeded after Branwilla’s death. The history of Kilowog can include tons of interesting adventures, such as infiltrating the Spider Guild. The film will be more interesting than any human Green Lantern, because when being an alien, you have no limits or boundaries to where the film can possibly go.
Kilowog Shouldn't Be Alone
Now the film won’t be titled “The Adventures of Kilowog”, it shouldn’t have his name in it. It should be titled “Green Lantern: Legacy” and should focus on more characters than Kilowog, but Kilowog should still be the main protagonist. It should be a bit like Star Trek where a team of space voyagers perform certain missions. Just like in Emerald Knights, Kilowog should be part of a small unit of other Lanterns. It’s kind of like the Kilowog is to Hellboy, as the team is to the BPRD, but we all know that Kilowog is the main character. But one Lantern that should be on the team is Ch’p, who also has the potential to turn into a fan-favorite character to the general audience. And as stated earlier, one of Kilowog’s weaknesses is being alone and isolated. Introducing him to a team would help him triumph over the weakness which would be interesting to see.
Ridley Scott Should Be The Director
The English film director, Ridley Scott, is responsible for making one of the most iconic science fiction films of all time, and I think that you guys know which film I’m talking about. Ridley Scott has influenced many directors and has made more legendary films than Alien including Black Hawk Down and Gladiator. He has been nominated for many awards and I think he has what it takes to direct a Green Lantern film. His atmospheric visual style will bring the film to life even more than anyone could ever imagine. Ridley Scott would be an outstanding choice for a director for this film.
The Manhunters As The Villains
For those who don’t know so much about the Green Lantern mythology, the Manhunters were the first intergalactic peacekeepers forged by the Guardians of the Universe until there was an unpleasant massacre on Sector 666, where the Red Lantern known as Atrocitus lived. Since this takes place in the early years of Kilowog being a Green Lantern, the Manhunters would be a worthy foe for Kilowog and the other Green Lanterns in his unit.
Introduce Hal Jordan In The End
This would be a major easter egg for many comic book fans. In the Green Lantern mythos, Kilowog was sent to Hal Jordan to train him. Near the end of the film, having Kilowog stationed to Sector 2814 would leave many of the audiences cheesing, having a feeling of knowing what would happen next.
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