Released in 2011, Green Lantern is a superhero movie inspired by the DC novel character with an identical name. The film is directed by Martin Campbell and is produced by Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti. The movie features Ryan Reynolds as the lead character and Blake Lively as her leading lady. The movie spent a budget of $200 million for production and grossed around $222 million.
Green Lantern depicts the story of Hal Jordan, an aircraft testing pilot who is chosen by a dying Green Lantern to become the first human to join the Green Lantern Corps. Along with this privilege, Hal receives a ring that gives him extraterrestrial powers, yet can only effectively use it if he is able to focus his mind into it. Hal must now use his newly inherited abilities to stop Parallax, who threatens the entire universe by engulfing planets.
Millennia ago, creatures known as the Guardians of the Universe harnessed the green essence that symbolized willpower to build an intergalactic law enforcement group, which they called the Green Lantern Corps. They divided the universe into 3,600 sectors, each sector being assigned with a Green Lantern to protect its inhabitants. A Green Lantern named Abin Sur manages to slay the powerful evil force called Parallax and traps him into the barren planet of Ryut.
Years later, Parallax escapes into the present time and almost slays Abin Sur. The Green Lantern manages to flee and crashes on planet Earth. Aware that he is going to die, Abin Sur instructs his ring to search for a worthy successor. The ring chooses a Hal Jordan and moves him to the crash site. Abin Sur assigns him as a Green Lantern member. He instructs Jordan to take the ring and recite the oath.
Hal goes back home and recites the oath. He is then transported to the Green Lantern Corps main base, a planet known as Oa. He is warmly welcomed by Tomar-Re and Sinestro, the Kilowagand Corps leader.
Celebrities have a long history of choosing weird names for their kids. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin famously went with "Apple," while Jessica Simpson opted for "Ace Knute" for her baby boy. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds almost bucked the trend. Almost. But while they chose a very normal boy's name that no one would ever be made fun of for, they gave that very normal boy's name to their baby girl. Blake and Ryan have named their baby girl "James.
Humanitarian move, or petty rivalry? Whatever the motivation, there's big news in the comic book world today: Green Lantern is gay. In a new, rebooted Green Lantern title, the hero from Earth-2 (DC Comics has parallel universes to explain differences in heroes' backstories) has come out as gay, embracing and kissing his boyfriend in one of the pages of the first issue. Normally this wouldn't be a big story, as there have been other gay characters in comics before. But historically, gay superheroes have been not only few and far between, but generally low-profile.
Blake Lively is pregnant! The "Gossip Girl" star is expecting her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds, she announced via her website Preserve, in an article entitled "Preserve Celebrations: Falling for Family." Along with the article, which praised families and expectant mothers, Lively included a lovely picture of her cradling her baby bump, crediting the shot to her brother Eric Lively. Already she may be one of the most adorable expectant mommies we've ever seen.