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'Green Lantern' media blitz: Onion parody, Muppets movie trailer, NASA finds Green Lantern planet and more

"Green Lantern" is permeating pop culture as the Ryan Reynolds movie based on the DC Comics character comes out. Here are a few of my favorite pieces of "Green Lantern" ephemera.

Green Lantern isn't as well known as your Supermans, your Batmans, your Spider-Mans. That might not be true anymore, particularly if "Green Lantern" turns out to be a hit, but The Onion captured the lack of awareness perfectly.


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If you want some more Green Lantern comedy from the Onion, you can also check out this 2002 article on the character: "When You Are Ready To Have A Serious Conversation About Green Lantern, You Have My E-Mail Address." In a bit of corporate synergy, Mad Magazine, published by the same corporation behind Green Lantern, has a new issue with a cover story spoofing Green Lantern.

The new Muppets movie has been producing various parody trailers riffing on other movies to hype their own film. Their latest, "Being Green," takes on the style of the Green Lantern trailer and begins with its own take on the Green Lantern oath.

Even NASA's getting in on the fun. NASA featured this image earlier in the week in a post called "A Green Ring Fit for a Superhero," looking at a nebula ringed in green evoking the Green Lantern home planet Oa. It's RCW 120, a region of hot gas and glowing dust. Scientists say rings like this are shaped by the light of "O" stars, the most massive star type known to exist.

Two more bits of fun: Ryan Reynolds wrote a self-deprecating self-profile for Entertainment Weekly called "Why I'm Obsessed With Ryan Reynolds"; you can check out the highlights, such as ruminations on his time on "Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place," here. You can also read about the aborted attempt to do a Green Lantern movie as a comedy starring Jack Black here.

One thing DC Comics is hoping out of this is to get a new audience engaged enough that they want to check out Green Lantern in the comics. They've actually included an ad at the end of the credits to promote the comics themselves, which you can see here. As a comics reader, I approve.

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