A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The heroes and villains are sharply defined, with the heroes especially representing iconic ideals of sacrificing to help others. The show's power rings are fueled by willpower, which teaches kids a lesson about being confident and confronting fear.
The show's heroes demonstrate a very strong positive message about working together and helping others. Other messages include confidence and confronting fear.
Positive Role Models
While the lead heroes are, for the most, part positive role models, the Green Lantern himself has a strong anti-authority streak (albeit always in the service of what he believes is the best way to help others).
Violence & Scariness
The main villains seem to be driven by rage, with frequent discussion of death and destruction. One hero dies as a sacrifice to save the lives of his planet. Violence is common superheroics fisticuffs, with an imaginative spin thanks to the thought-powered lantern rings.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The will-they, won't-they relationship between the main male and female characters is an ongoing subplot of the series, although the on-screen action rarely goes beyond a near kiss or date.
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Products & Purchases
Like all TV shows and movies based on the DC Comics superheroes, Green Latern has plenty of product tie-ins available (though fewer than characters like Superman, Batman, and Spider-man).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated adventure series is carved from the traditional superheroic mold, with plenty of imaginative storytelling and swashbuckling fisticuffs. The series' villains -- a rage-fueled group bent on vengeance, death, and destruction -- are slightly darker than typical criminals. But there are strong positive messages about helping others and working together. The heroes use green power rings that can summon any object they can imagine, leading to some creative moments that encourage imagination play -- though they're also put to use in battle situations.
Is It Any Good?
Kids who love superheroes don't realize how good they have it today. Ten years before this series started airing, the idea of a Green Lantern cartoon would have never made it far past the drawing board. Today, the hero lives onscreen in his full glory, thanks to the exceptional talents behind such other classic series as Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, especially executive producer Bruce Timm.
Like those series, Green Lantern takes a brilliant high concept that's been bogged down by decades of comic book stories and clears away everything but the essential elements. The animation takes a similarly clean approach; it's computer-generated, but the characters are depicted as simple and iconic. In a sense, the look and feel is similar to Cartoon Network's Clone Wars animated series, which eschews "reality" in favor of a more stylized depiction. For kids of a certain age, Green Lantern offers just the right mix of action and imagination to get them taping paper around their fingers to run around the backyard as their favorite superhero.
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