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I was watching the recent Green Lantern movie and noticed several references to Hal Jordan having green skin when he summons the Green Lantern costume. I am badly color-blind and would not have noticed the color change on my own.

My question: is this part of the standard Green Lantern lore? In the comic books, does Jordan turn green? Do other human Green Lanterns?

  • Assuming you mean the Ryan Renolds movie, I loathe to admit that I've watched it several times, and I don't remember any references to green skin. There's several references "turning green" when the suit comes on, but e.g. his face and hands are still obviously caucasian. Are you sure you didn't mis-hear? – KutuluMike Jan 26 '15 at 21:50
  • @michaelEdenfield I certainly may have misunderstood. There's a scene in which Hal is talking with his girlfriend/fiancé and she gestures to his face, I think, and makes a comment about the green. This evoked and earlier scene in which Hal transformed for his best friend and the guy responded "green!" In hindsight this seemed to be a reference to Hal himself but, as everybody here says Ryan Renolds' face does not turn green, I must have misunderstood. – Michael Stern Jan 26 '15 at 23:51
  • its possible; the only thing I remember about the scene with Carol is the (possibly sole amusing) line about his cheekbones. And I'm certainly not subjecting myself to the movie again to check :) I do know the other scene you reference, the "green" is in reference to the sudden appearance of his green suit where his clothes would be. – KutuluMike Jan 27 '15 at 0:14
  • @MichaelEdenfield Yeah, it wasn't that scene, it came later. But I am not going to watch the film again so this must remain a mystery (along with the mystery of how they green-lit (hah!) such a lousy script. – Michael Stern Jan 27 '15 at 12:27
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No, Human Green Lanterns do not become green when they are utilizing their powers. However, they can exhibit a green force field, particularly when they are in space or in other hostile conditions which could account for a green tint.

In the image below, the thick bright outline around Hal Jordan is his forcefield. However, the skin of his face is a regular human skin colour, except for his trademark green mask.

Hal Jordan with his forcefield up.

  • Different costumes for Green Lanterns can also give the impression (particularly because of their skin-tight nature) that their skin has turned green when they activate their costumes.

Four of the human green lanterns posing.

These gentlemen are/were Green Lanterns of Sector 2814 of which Earth is a member. Left to right: Guy Gardner, Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner. All four are wearing black and green costumes, with very little actual skin shown. Guy's wearing a white belt. Everyone's wearing white gloves except John Stewart. Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner are wearing green masks.

  • As for the Green Lantern movie: The costume design there had a very skin-like appearance even replicating muscle groups in its overall textured design. If you were potentially colorblind, it COULD resemble musculature and in effect skin.

Hal Jordan from the movie; his shoulders and chest closely resemble actual muscle fibres.

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    I find it hard to believe that the suit in that movie could be mistaken for anything real. It should be thrown back into the deepest pits of the Uncanny Valley, where it came from. – KSmarts Jan 26 '15 at 21:36
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    Consider it if you were colorblind. You would not see the green only a grey whose hue and saturation might resemble skin. It was a bad design and I think they could have done any number of better implementations... – Thaddeus Howze Jan 26 '15 at 21:44
  • The scene where he "gets" his suit actually implies that it's somehow stitched directly onto his body, which is why it looks like musculature, which I found to be one of the more idiotic things in an idiotic movie. – KutuluMike Jan 26 '15 at 21:51
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    With all the pictures, I don't know how useful this answer is to a colorblind person... – jpmc26 Jan 27 '15 at 0:14
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    A colorblind person who can read will manage just fine. – Thaddeus Howze Jan 27 '15 at 0:57
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Nope! No green skin.

All of the human lanterns retain their human skin colour.

A large portion of a Green Lantern's body is covered in a skin tight green suit, which I suppose could look like green skin. But It's just a suit, each Lantern stays human coloured.

Here's a list of all Lanterns from Earth.

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