‘Green Lantern’ Trailer Shines The Spotlight On Sinestro

If you’ve been paying attention to Splash Page in the past several days, then you already know that the first official “Green Lantern” teaser trailer has finally arrived online. What you might not know, unless you’re already a “Green Lantern” junkie, is who some of the many characters you’re seeing in that trailer are — though thanks to our call-out of the trailer’s five best moments, hopefully you’ve got a better idea by now!

Still, there’s at least one character that leaps out to me from his all-too-brief appearance in the trailer, and that’s Sinestro. The purple-skinned alien is one of the greatest characters in the “Green Lantern” mythos, and in case you need further elaboration on that point, we’ve compiled a few fun facts about Hal’s mustache-twirling mentor-turned-nemesis that you may or may not already know…

Secret Origin
Much as Abin Sur’s untimely death paved the way for Hal Jordan becoming a member of the Green Lantern Corps, Thaal Sinestro has a similar origin story: born on planet Korugar in space sector 1417, Sinestro was given a Green Lantern ring by the dying Prohl Gosgotha — but when Gosgotha, still alive, asked for his ring back, Sinestro held onto it, allowing the alien to die.

Turns for the Worse
Sinestro’s decision to allow Gosgotha to die isn’t the only questionable choice he made during his tenure with the Corps, not by a long shot. No longer content with simply protecting his home planet, Sinestro eventually became its dictator, ruling his world with an iron fist. When his dictatorship was uncovered by the Guardians of Oa, Sinestro was banished from the Corps, leading him to seek new employment as the founder of…

The Sinestro Corps
In “Green Lantern” lore, the green part of the color spectrum stands for willpower, with yellow standing for fear. Given his tendency to lean towards total control at all costs, Sinestro’s decision to turn fear into fuel as the leader of the Sinestro Corps shouldn’t come as much of a shock. In his new yellow duds and with several minions at his disposal, Sinestro’s new purpose in life as the leader of the Sinestro Corps is quite simple: destroying Hal and the other defenders of Oa.

Big-Screen Villainy
Despite Sinestro’s turn for the worse in the comic books, it’s going to take some time to see the fabled Green Lantern hero’s fall from grace on the big screen. It’s already known that Sinestro is more of a supporting player in this latest film than he is an actual nemesis, but actor Mark Strong believes that “Green Lantern” sequels will deal with Sinestro’s move towards the dark — or yellow — side.

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