Green Lantern’s power ring just might be one of the coolest super-hero accessories in all of comic books, a mystical emerald band that functions as a tidy symbolic summary of the geeky genre’s wish fulfillment fun. It lets you fly. It protects you from danger… unless that danger is colored yellow, the ring’s only flaw. It lets you conjure anything your mind can imagine — boxing gloves, a battering ram, even a big crusty ball of boogery nose cheese, if you choose — for the purpose of bashing the snot out of bad guys. Beat that, Batman!
Green Lantern’s wickedly cool jewelry also makes him an ideal next gen videogame hero. Gun battles and swordplay? Yawn. Conjuring a giant green hammer made of hard light to pummel foes into submission? Okay, now we’re shaking things up a little. The forthcoming Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment videogame Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters will attempt to realize the super-hero’s super videogame potential, just as the forthcoming movie that inspired the title will try to make the DC Comics legend a big screen super-power on par with Iron Man and The Dark Knight. The videogame — in stores June 7, 10 days before the flick, and available on all gaming platforms — boasts the participation of Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds and features an original story that serves to compliment the movie story by exploring other aspects of the character’s mythology — specifically, the Manhunters, the gone-bad predecessors to the intergalactic peace keeping force known as the Green Lantern Corps. The trailer, which you can see below exclusively, gives you a sense of the gameplay and visuals, and it also gives fanboys a chance to hear Reynolds’ intone Green Lantern’s fabled oath. There’s no big crusty ball of green boogery nose cheese in evidence, but maybe that’s for the best. Check it out and then sound off below: Will you be hunting down and playing Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters this summer?