|Lauren Montgomery co-director||previously directed Superman/Batman: Apocalypse|
|Chris Berkeley co-director|
|Jay Oliva co-director||previously directed Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow|
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is an anthology film weaving six interlocking stories of the star spanning Green Lantern Corps' mythology and history while they prepare for an attack by an unstoppable ancient enemy.
Although all of the stories in the Emerald Knights movie are directly derived or based upon Green Lantern comic books, two segments of the film; "Mogo Doesn't Socialize" and "Abin Sur" were based upon stories written by Alan Moore who remains uncredited in the film. This is because Moore refuses to be acknowledged after some of his earlier work was adapted to film and was displeased with the adaptations. Only the illustrators of these stories; Dave Gibbons and Kevin O'Neil were credited respectively.1 More Trivia
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When you shape the light of your ring, you walk in the footsteps of the first Lantern.
|Nathan Fillion||Hal Jordan|
|Arnold Vosloo||Abin Sur|
|Steve Blum||Kloba Vud / Palaqua / Ranakar / G'Hu|
|Roderick Toombs||Bolphunga the Unrelenting|
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Emerald Knights is an anthology of various Green Lantern stories as told by key members within the Corps. This serves as introduction to the vast history of the Corps to newcomer Arisia Rrab. The stories range from how the first Lantern was created to why Green Lantern Mogo doesn't socialize. Like all sci-fi movies, it also looks at questions of destiny and fate. The timeline is unknown since several characters interact with one another even though in the comics they never got the chance.
Ardakian Trawl, a highly decorated Green Lantern is ambushed by several mysterious creatures and is killed. Upon her death, her ring immediately goes out to seek out a new wielder. The Guardians of the Universe are alarmed when they identify her attackers as Shadow Demons and they immediately mobilize the Green Lantern Corps to prepare them for battle.
Arisia Rrab, a new Green Lantern who was just chosen a few days ago to serve in the Corps finds the experience completely overwhelming as she learns that the Guardians believe that the disgraced Oan Krona is using the sun near the Green Lanterns' home world and base of operations, Oa as a gateway to break free from his anti-matter prison. The Guardians of the Universe fearing the prophecy that he would return and plunge Oa into flames, decide to evacuate the Libraries and artifacts of the Corps to a safer place. These artifacts include the Central Power Battery and all Lanterns are ordered to recharge their rings before it leaves.
Shaken, Arisia wonders why the Green Lantern Ring chose her; a nobody to fight in the biggest battle in the universe aloud to her trainer Hal Jordan.
Jordan proceeds to tell Arisia, the story of the first Green Lantern, Avra. Before the Guardians of the Universe created the Corps, chaos reigned throughout the universe. Seeing the devastation the Guardians created four rings forged from the green light which is the manifestation of the power of will. Afterwards, they call the galaxy's greatest warriors for the rings to choose their new masters.
Unexpectedly, the fourth and final ring chooses Avra, a mere scribe to the Guardians and in no way a warrior. Still once chosen he was part of the original group tasked to stop an armada of warring aliens.
Though outnumbered the warriors fought valiantly, but are soon overwhelmed by sheer numbers and one of their number is killed. Hiding away, they give into despair and are ready to retreat. However, Avra decides that to trust in the Guardians and trusting in his will to survive, refuses to flee and instead attacks the armada head on.
Through sheer force of will, he begins to destroy the invaders. During the battle Avra becomes the first Green Lantern by making the first construct, a sword to cut the armada to pieces. Reinvigorated at the sight of the scribe's success, the surviving warriors quickly copy his tactics and make constructs of their own to defeat the armada.
Emboldened by the success of their Green Lanterns, the Guardians of the Universe forge a hundred more Rings and then thousands ... and each of the new Lanterns would be trained in Avra's method and taught to create constructs forged out of their will.
And so too, each ring would go on to choose their own wielder and shows Avra's ring lineage as it is passed down from one Lantern to the next; including Abin Sur and eventually to Hal Jordan.
Arisia then has a run-in with Kilowog, the Corps' Drill Instructor who warns her that this coming battle with Krona being easier than his boot camp. Arisia relates that she has heard rumors over Kilowog's insane training methods and that he even killed his recruits. This leads to Hal telling her that Kilowog was a pussy cat compared to his drill instructor, Sgt. Deegan.
Deegan was responsible for the training of a rookie Kilowog, Tomar-Re, and other recruits. Part of the training involves relinquishing their rings and being thrown into various dangerous situations from erupting volcanos to sandstorms. All very dangerous situations which forces the recruits to work together just to survive.
Later that night after being told the frost planet was next; Kilowog snaps at Deegan for his lack of safety in training the recruits and that he would be a murderer if one of them dies. Angered at the lack of respect, Deegan proceeds to beat Kilowog without the use of his ring. This fight is interrupted by a distress call to save a city from attack.
Deegan takes the brunt of the battle himself while having the recruits create forcefields to protect the civilians. Finally overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of invaders, Deegan is mortally wounded and surrounded by the attacking foes. Kilowog arrives in time to save his teacher and takes out the remaining forces single handily.
Dying, Deegan confesses that he would never have allowed his trainees to be hurt but that his brutal training is necessary, because serving as a Lantern often requires them to go above and beyond as he proceeds to wipe his own blood on Kilowog's uniform.
Deegan remarks that Kilowog has what it takes as he finishes creating a crude Green Lantern emblem on Kilowog's blank insignia, signifying him as having graduated from Deegan's training and having earned his position as a member of the Green Lantern Corps.
While observing the Oan sun for additional Shadow Demons incursion on a monitoring platform, Arisia encounters Laira, a relatively new Green Lantern but is considered to be among its most skilled warriors of the Corps. Hal relates that not too long ago, Laira returned home to her planet of Jayd on her first solo mission.
Hailing from the ruling family of Jayd, she is investigating why her home world has been attacking neighboring planets unprovoked. After dealing with her stepmother and brother, she finds her father in her room reminiscing about happier times. He admits to attacking the planets; believing that such actions would ultimately prove that he was indeed strong enough to wield a Green Lantern Ring as he felt that he was dishonored when it had instead chosen his daughter instead of him when Laira's predecessor had been killed in battle against Jayd's enemies.
When Laira rebukes him, he demands that she join him and help him overthrow the Guardians of the Universe and when she refuses, he attacks her in an attempt to take her ring by force. Battling throughout the palace he eventually succeeds at taking the ring from his daughter.
Upon putting it on, he finds his will is no match for Laira's which strips him of his armor. Realizing the error of his ways, he commits suicide in hopes of finally regaining his honor and dying in his daughters arms. With his death Liara is left as the Ruler and Protector of Jayd.
After hearing of Laira's struggle, Arisia suddenly realizes that the observation platforms are quickly filling up and learns that the Guardians have called in every single Lantern from their Sectors except for Mogo. When asking about Mogo, the other Lanterns laugh when one of them jokes how "Mogo doesn't socialize."
Curious, Arisia is told the story about Mogo and Bolphunga the Unrelenting. Many years ago, the intergalactic warrior Bolphunga is obsessed with seeking out and defeating the most powerful warriors in the universe. He then learns of one warrior who has never known defeat, the Green Lantern known as Mogo.
Eager to claim victory, Bolphunga seeks him out and acquires a set of coordinates that lead him to a beautiful green forested planet and seeks to hunt down Mogo to no avail.
After months of searching, Bolphunga's patience is exhausted and he decides to flush out his quarry. He has his drones emplace thousands of mines that explode to finally draw out the mighty Lantern. When they do explode, all of the destruction is repaired in a wave of emerald energy that forms a glowing Green Lantern emblem encompassing the entire planet.
Bolphunga then realizes that Mogo is not a person but, rather an entire planet that is sentient. Shaken, he tries to flee but is casually defeated by Mogo.
Shortly afterwards on patrol, Arisia is attacked by several of Krona's Shadow Demons and is knocked unconscious. After waking up, she finds that Sinestro has been tending to her and he takes this time to tell Arisia about his great friend and warrior Abin Sur.
Sur was attacked by a powerful red alien known as Atrocitus, who speaks of Sur's impending death. This battle is made harder by the fact that Sur's ring is near 1% charge. Even without his ring, Sur is able to battle Atrocitus in hand to hand combat. Aid eventually comes in the form of Sinestro who helps disarm the alien but not before Atrocitus damages Sur's power battery making it nearly explode.
Fearing for the safety of the planet's populace, Sur races to space to recharge and contain the explosion. Sur then easily captures Atrocitus before leaving to the prison on Yasmult.
Sinestro informs Sur that Atrocitus escaped a week ago and already killed three Lanterns. Atrocitus claims he was able to see the Lanterns' futures which allowed him to kill them. Sinestro is unimpressed, taking a more logical and pragmatic point of view while Sur believes the opposite though and that everything is part of one destiny and there are no coincidences.
Upon reaching Yasmult, Sur is compelled by Atrocitus predict farther into the future past Sur's own death. He foretells of the rise of the Sinestro Corps, a corps based on the yellow light of fear used by the most fearsome creatures in the galaxy and led by Sinestro that will bring about the complete destruction of the Green Lantern Corps.
Abin Sur however refuses to believe his claims, leaving Atrocitus before he is able to finish believing him to be a false prophet and only someone wanting to weaken the trust within the Corps.
Krona finally makes his move coming out of a vortex in the sun. The Lanterns are ready though and launch a furious assault upon the giant being. Krona counters through his demons to slowly overwhelm the Corps as well as shield himself, slaying dozens of Lanterns.
Retreating to come up with a plan, Arisia realizes the way to defeat Krona is by hitting him with a piece of matter that is equal to his size since he is formed of antimatter and suggests using Oa itself as a weapon against Krona.
The surviving Lanterns form behind Oa and use their rings to push the planet at Krona but find themselves under attack by Krona's Shadow Demons and begin losing when backup arrives in the form of Mogo who lends the faltering Corps the extra power needed to blast Krona back through the vortex into his prison.
With Oa destroyed, the Guardians use Mogo as a temporary home while they reconstruct a new Oa. Sinestro comments that Arisia's plan ended with Oa in flames like the Book had foretold. In honor of her ingenuity, Arisia is given her own entry in the Book of Oa and her own story in the Green Lantern Corps.
The film has received generally positive reviews.
Alan Kistler from Newsarama said "That’s exactly what these kinds of projects should be. Something that entertains fans both new and old". He was impressed by the movie's ability to explain both Green Lantern history as well as explain what the power rings and smaller things mean in preparation for the live action movie.
James Rich from DVDtalk enjoyed the pacing of the film; saying that the "stories are strung together nicely, avoiding too many overly obvious jokes in the interstitial scenes, finding natural ways to go from one to the next while building toward Emerald Knights' climactic action sequence."
Joseph Szadkowski from the Washington Times thought the film had "one of the best animated hand-to-hand and traditional-weapon combat scenes I have ever witnessed," referring to the dramatic battle between Laira and her father.
Joey Esposito writing for IGN did not like the film calling it "an emotionally barren but visually engaging Green Lantern adventure."