Green Lantern: Emerald Knights to be Next DC Animated Film

The title and possible storyline for Green Lantern's next installment in the DC Animated Universe has been revealed. Follow the jump for the details...

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Over the past several months, rumors have come and gone regarding the development of another Green Lantern animated film. At first it was said the tentative storyline would follow the birth of the Green Lantern Corp under the watchful eyes of the Guardians of the Universe. That information seemed to have been disproved by DC Animation executive Bruce Timm. According to Timm, the low sales numbers of Green Lantern: First Flight had caused DC to second guess revisiting the galactic hero for another animated feature. Shortly after that news hit the net, DC Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, stated that a second direct-to-video Green Lantern project was in the works; and it's released may coincide with the theatrical debut of Martin Campbell's Green Lantern live action film.

Just a few weeks ago, we learned that DC's animation department was moving forward with their next two films: Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and Batman: Year One. To the dismay of many Green Lantern fans, it appeared that The Dark Knight had taken over their hero's film slot. That worry seems to be unfounded, however, with recent news from Warner Home Video highlighting Green Lantern's return to the animated venue with Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

The title Emerald Knights should be familiar to Green Lantern fans. It was a six-issue comic series written by Ron Marz and Chuck Dixon, and later collected in trade paperback format. The story is this:

"When a young Hal Jordan is thrust forward in time, Kyle Rayner, the current Green Lantern, finds himself face to face with his legendary predecessor. Working together for the first and only time, the two Green Lanterns must find a way to defeat Sinestro and the villain that Hal is destined to one day become, Parallax. Joined by the JLA and Green Arrow in this adventure, Kyle must not only find away to defeat his enemies but also decide if his actions in the present will prevent Hal from going insane and killing many of the Green Lantern Corps in the past, or only make things worse."

Whether the animated film will follow the series' storyline exactly is uncertain at this point. Hopefully, with the 2010 Comic Con International just a few short weeks away, Lantern fans will received a few more tidbits of what to expect in this much anticipated film.

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