Cut and dry: Kilowog of the Green Lantern Corps. will probably be voiced by Michael Clark Duncan, according to a Latino Review scoop. I’m sure no one is shocked – it’s a pretty obvious choice to fill the monster-sized member of the corps with the deepest voice in tinsel town. What’s great though, is that Duncan has always possessed an amazing ability to exude sweetness and vulnerability as easily as gruff toughness, which is a good fit for the scary-looking but ultimately benevolent alien.
If you’re not familiar, Kilowog is the vaguely porcine green lantern who is among the most powerful of the cosmic policing force, and he is known for being the lantern who trains new recruits. He is sure to figure heavily in the film, bouncing off Hal Jordon’s sarcasm with that classic no-nonsense trainer persona. The character looks pretty great in the trailer, and is just one of many wonderfully bizarre protagonists that will appear in the film. Owing to his size and strength, he tends to beat the shit out of the bad guys and use his ring just to get close and deflect attacks, but when he does use the ring to manifest objects, they tend to be complex constructs. That could provide for some cool imagery, if the filmmakers exploited that particular aspect of the character’s personality.
This is a good gig for Duncan when/if he takes it- since he will have only be cast as a voice later in the game, it means he didn’t have to endure motion-capture or the actual shoot, and will probably get to cash at least two or three fat paychecks from this franchise all for what amounts to extended ADR work.
Green Lantern hits on June 17th, 2011 – I’d expect another trailer once the summer deluge begins.
UPDATE: Apparently that deluge will start with Thor, as Robinov told LA Times in their big interview (which their Hero Complex blog has milked for several different stories) that the marketing has been delayed to get the effects ready. As for the buzz so far, marketing president Sue Kroll had this to say: “Part of the reason the response to the first trailer was lukewarm was that the big-scale sequences weren’t ready to show, and we suffered for it. We can’t afford to do that again.” (via /Film)
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