Chosen to be the Green Lantern of Earth and the rest of Sector 2814 by the dying Abin Sur. Hal Jordan is now a universal protector and peacekeeper who is considered to be the greatest Green Lantern of them all.
A DC Comic superhero who has appeared in numerous comics, television shows, and movies. Although Hal Jordan is widely considered to synonymous as his costumed alter ego of Green Lantern; he is actually the second comic book character to adopt the moniker.
His predecessor, Alan Scott was created during the Golden Age of Comics in the 1940s by Martin Nodell. Alan Scott gained possession of a magical lantern that burned with green flames and crafted a small ring from this green lantern that gave him an astonishing powers and based his namesake after it. Scott later joined the Justice Society of America alongside such greats as Superman and Batman.
With the decline of superheroes post-World War II, Green Lantern like so many others simply disappeared. Hal Jordan was part of the next wave of superheroes to emerge in the Silver Age in Showcase #22 (October 1959) and due to the popularity of science fiction and the beginning of the space race, was given a more sci-fi origin by writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane.
Harold "Hal" Jordan was a cocky and self assured test pilot for Ferris Aircraft and works under Carol Ferris, the daughter of the founder of Ferris Aircraft and a vice president of the company. He and Carol share a rocky on-again and off-again romantic relationship, which is complicated by the fact that she is his boss.
Then he is summoned by a dying Abin Sur who gives him his power ring, inducting him into the Green Lantern Corps; a intergalactic peace keeping organization which patrols 3,600 space sectors. Each Sector is protected by one Lantern who is given a Power Ring which can be charged by their personal lantern battery which is in turn, empowered by the Central Power Battery on Oa. Each Ring is programmed to only seek out those with enormous willpower and a high level of morality.
Hal Jordan has since become regarded as the greatest Green Lantern of them all; an honor that was once held by Sinestro who helped mentor and train Jordan and the pair were actually close acquaintances and friends. However Hal discovered that Sinestro had become corrupted by his power and had become a tyrant in his Sector, forcing his expulsion and causing Sinestro to swear to avenge himself upon the Green Lantern Corps and most especially upon Hal.
Over the course of his long spanning career, Hal has chosen to retire as a Green Lantern; has been replaced by Guy Gardner, John Stewart, or Kyle Rayner as Sector 2814's Green Lantern; been removed or stripped from his position by force; and even killed but his unyielding will ultimately compelled him to return briefly as the Spectre, the undead Spirit of Vengeance for several years. In recent years however, he was resurrected to once more wear the Green Lantern Ring again with honor and assume his rightful place among the GL Corps.
Hal continues to balance his duties and responsibilities as a member of the Green Lantern Corps and his life as Hal Jordan. Green Lantern continues to remain a pivotal figure in DC comics and media.
He is best known for his famous oath; "In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night; I Shall Let No Evil Escape My Sight; Let Those Who Worship Evil's Might; Beware My Power, Green Lantern's Light!"
Justice League: The New Frontier
The New Frontier is Hal Jordan first appearance in DC's animated movies, voiced by David Boreanaz. Hal joins up with DC's other big three Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman in an alternate history of the Justice League were the heroes must pull together to battle an alien menace during the Cold War, taking place from 1953-1961.
Hal Jordan was a former fighter pilot who flew during the Korean War. He loved to fly but hated killing; utilizing his superior piloting skills he was able to outfly the enemy fighters. When he was shot down at the end of the conflict, he was forced to kill a Korean soldier in self-defense; who Hal suspected had no idea that the war was even over. Guilt stricken, he suffered a nervous breakdown and had to be placed in a mental hospital for several months.
Hal later becomes a test pilot for a space ship intended to fly to Mars which suffers a critical malfunction on it's initial flight which explodes and also critically injures Abin Sur, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 who had sensed the growing threat of the Centre. Hal is bestowed with a dying Abin's ring and charged with defeating the Centre. Due to the ring's weakness against yellow, Hal was forced to pilot a ship inside the Centre itself and attack it from the inside, playing a critical role in saving the world.
He apparently goes on to becoming a key member in the new wave of superheroes that emerge afterwards, becoming a founding member of the Justice League of America.
Green Lantern: First Flight is a direct-to-video animated movie which tells an adapted story of test pilot Hal Jordan, who is voiced by Christopher Meloni. He is chosen by a dying member of the Green Lantern Corps, Abin Sur, to become Earth's own Green Lantern.
Afterwards Hal Jordan was summoned before the Guardians of the Universe and finds to his surprise that most of the Guardians are extremely mistrustful of the human species and proclaim him to be a ignorant savage and barbarian and unworthy of the Power Ring.
However veteran Green Lantern Sinestro finds himself impressed and amused with Jordan's impetuous contempt for the Guardians and thinking Hal to be a kindred spirit, speaks out for him and is assigned the role of training Jordan as an interim Green Lantern.
Jordan finds that Sinestro has been tasked with completing Abin Sur's last assignment that led to his death; tracking down Kanjar Ro. Eons ago, after the construction of the Green Lantern Main Battery, the Guardians of the Universe had secreted the Yellow Element in an alternate universe for protection as the Yellow Element was the only energy that could negate the energy of the Green Element which is the power source of the Main Battery.
However, Sinestro isn't all he seems to be and wants to overthrow the Guardians. He is actually working with Kanjar Ro to weaponize the Yellow Element. However, Jordan comes too close to the truth and Sinestro is forced to frame Jordan for murdering Kanjar Ro, causing the Guardians to relieve him of his duties and his Green Lantern Power Ring.
While Sinestro outfits himself with a Yellow Power Ring powered by the Yellow Element, Jordan is able to prove his innocence only to find Oa under assault by Sinestro and after a long and protracted struggle, is able to vanquish the corrupt Sinestro and saving the Guardians of the Universe.
This animated movie is the first DC movie that focuses specifically on Green Lantern.
Hal Jordan as a member of the Justice League must liberate an alternate-dimension Earth which has been overtaken by evil versions of themselves in this animated film.
Unlike First Flight which focused mainly on the origin of Hal Jordan, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is an animated anthology film weaving six interlocking stories of the Green Lantern Corps' mythology around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy. Hal Jordan serves mainly in the role of narrator of the film. He is voiced by Nathan Fillion.
A live action movie directed by Martin Campbell and released by Warner Bros in 2011.
Based upon the on the DC Comics character created by John Broome and Gil Kane back in the Silver Age of Comic Books.
The film is an origin story which focuses on a reckless, self-destructive, and uncontrollable test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) who finds himself in the midst of a cosmic war which took place billions of years ago when the Guardians of the Universe were attempting to forge weapons of immense power to serve their chosen warriors who would go out to protect the universe.
One Guardian attempted to harness the power of fear itself and was transformed into a parasite who feeds on fear, becoming known as Parallax. Afterwards, the Guardians abandoned idea of trying to harness fear entirely, choosing to develop weapons based on the power of will which would evolve into the Green Lantern Corps, each of whom who would protect and defend a single sector of the entire universe through their power rings which are empowered by their will power.
Several decades ago, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 Abin Sur was able to defeat Parallax and contain him on a desolate planetoid Ryut. Inadvertently freed from his prison, Parallax hunts down and gravely injuries Abin Sur who crash lands on the planet Earth and his power ring automatically seeks out a suitable candidate to wield it and chooses Hal Jordan. As he struggles to overcome his fears with the help of his grilfriend Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), the rest of the Green Lantern Corps led by Sinestro (Mark Strong) struggles to overcome the grave new threat of Parallax.
In the end, it falls to an untried and untested Hal Jordan to defend his home world from the fear entity.
Hal Jordan first appeared in an animated form in 1967 in The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. He was a supporting character as a member of the Justice League of America and also independently starred in a series of 6-minute episodes titled "Evil is as Evil Does", "The Vanishing World" and "Sirena, Empress of Evil".
He also had an original sidekick in this series known as Kairo, a blue-skinned pointed-eared Venusian. In these cartoons, Hal Jordan was voiced by Gerald Mohr.
The Super Friends Shows
Hal Jordan was a founding member of the Justice League of America. He was featured in three incarnations of the Super Friends.
Set to air in November 2011, with a mostly new voice cast; Michael Clarke Duncan is set to reprise his role as Kilowog and Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett) will reprise his role as Abin Sur (presumably for just one episode. This new animated series is prof that Warner Bros investment in the Green Lantern franchise is growing at a rapid pace over this past year.
In the only appearance by Hal Jordan in the DCAU, In The Once and Future Things: Part II, when time becomes fluid John Stewart turns into Hal Jordan. When this happens Hal Jordan introduces himself as if nothing has happened much to the shock of the other members, later he reverts back to John Stewart. Hal Jordan was voiced by Adam Baldwin.
Hal Jordan appears in the fourth season finale entitled "The Joining." His appearance is only a non-speaking cameo. He does make a speaking appearance as a member of the Justice League in the 5th season including the series finale. He is voiced by Dermot Mulroney.
Hal Jordan appears as a guest star in the Duck Dodgers episode "Green Loontern". When Duck Dodgers and the cadet travel to Earth to pick up their dry cleaning, Dodgers accidentally picks up the wrong set of clothes which consists of Hal's Green Lantern uniform and his ring is stuck in the pocket.
Duck Dodgers quickly uses and abuses the ring and is mistaken for a Green Lantern when he is recalled to Oa to find out that the entire Green Lantern Corps has been kidnapped by their archenemy Sinestro.
Dodgers is then recruited to the Green Lantern Corps and is officially made a member and he is then sent on his first mission- to free the GL Corps from Sinestro's base.
Hal has been featured in three episodes of the show, appearing twice with the GL Corps and once by himself. Hal Jordan and his fellow Lanterns are fighting Despero . Hal Jordan seemingly perishes in the aftermath of an assault on Despero, along with the Guardians, but it is later revealed that they survived the blast. He is voiced by Loren Lester.
Hal Jordan is a righteous hero with a strong moral code and a fierce strength of will. These defining characteristics were caused him to be chosen as a member of the Green Lantern Corps. His personality has for the most part, stayed the same through his comic, television, and movie iterations.
He is on the surface, cocky and arrogant with a tendency for recklessness and independent action coupled with a flagrant disdain for disobeying orders or breaking rules that he does not agree with. These traits have often caused him to be reprimanded by numerous authority figures from his parents, his employers, and even the Guardians of the Universe.
Hal Jordan would rather trust his own gut instincts and follow his own conscience than listen to someone else, but it also bestows upon him the virtues of never backing down even when all hope seems lost and refusing to admit defeat even against the most impossible odds. Even his harshest of critics admit that he is one of the greatest Green Lanterns, perhaps of all time and one of Earth's noblest of heroes. It also apparently makes him one hell of a pilot, but also tends to be rather hard on his equipment as well as Hal would prefer to push them to the absolute limit rather than playing it safe.
For the 2011 Green Lantern movie, Reynolds talked about Hal's personality when addressing the tone of the movie. Reynolds talk about the balance of comedy with the more serious elements of the film and said that; “In terms of the overall film, I would say that Hal is far more aggressive in the movie than he is funny. Once we get into the middle of that second act, everything is pretty serious."
Hal Jordan's signature weapon in his various incarnations in comics, television, and movies is his Green Lantern Power Ring. Considered to be the most powerful weapon in the universe, the Green Lantern Ring can effectively do anything that the wielder can imagine; providing that the wielder has the willpower to do so. It can shield the wielder from the vacuum of space, translate virtually all known languages in the galaxy, enable travel at beyond the speed of light, and create solid-plasma constructs.
These constructs can range from simple objects to complex machines, but depends on the imagination of the wielder to create the size, complexity, and strength of these constructs. For example, the wielder can create a construct that looks like a car but unless he understands the engineering concepts of a combustion engine, the car will not run.
However the Power Ring can only be used by someone who possesses enormous will power can wield it properly and to truly unlock it's power, the wielder must be capable of overcoming great fear. Doubt and a lack of resolve will cause a Green Lantern's constructs to be weak and fragile.
The Ring can only be charged for limited periods of time. Typically, a single charge will last approximately 24 hours of typical use. However, excessive or extensive use will deplete the Ring faster and will require more periodic recharges.
The one known vulnerability of the Green Lantern Ring is a vulnerability to the color yellow; a flaw that was deliberately created by its creators, the Guardians of the Universe to prevent the Corps from becoming too powerful. Their constructs are porous, weak, and ineffectual anything with this particular hue. This vulnerability has sometimes been ignored in some of his television or movie appearances. Many Green Lanterns, including Hal have discovered ways around this limitation by indirect manipulation of physics, matter, and space via the power ring.
In the most recent comics, the yellow impurity has been retconned to be a manifestation of Parallax when the fear entity was imprisoned within the Central Battery. It has been proven that through extreme concentration and will along with the capacity to overcome fear, a Green Lantern can overcome the yellow and affect it directly with their rings. It takes fierce concentration and drains a Lantern considerably due to the mental effort. This ability is now considered to be one of the proofs that a new Green Lantern must demonstrate to prove their mastery of their rings and ability to overcome fear.
|2014||The Lego Movie||Jonah Hill|
|2013||Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||Nathan Fillion|
|2012||Justice League Doom||Nathan Fillion|
|2011||Green Lantern||Ryan Reynolds|
|2011||Green Lantern: Emerald Knights||Nathan Fillion|
|2010||Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||Nolan North|
|2009||Green Lantern: First Flight||Christopher Meloni|
|2008||Justice League: The New Frontier||David Boreanaz|
|1979||Legends of the Superheroes||Howard Murphy|
|Green Lantern: The Animated Series||Josh Keaton|
|Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Chris Hardwick|
|Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Loren Lester|
|Duck Dodgers||Kevin Smith|
|The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians||Michael Rye|
|SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show||Michael Rye|
|Challenge of the SuperFriends||Michael Rye|