Light ’em up, Poozers!
In a stunning display of typecasting, Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) has been tapped to lend his voice to Kilowog, the alien drill sergeant with a heart of gold, in Green Lantern. He joins Geoffrey Rush in what is sure to be a growing list of actors who will speak for the Green Lantern Corps.
On a personal note, this is a casting cop out. Just because the character is almost 8 feet tall and burly, it does not necessitate the resounding bass of Mr. Duncan’s voice. I think back to Daredevil and imagine those casting meetings… “Hmmmm, we need someone HUGE to play The Kingpin…”
Kilowog was previously voiced by Dennis Haysbert in a handful of episodes of Justice League and later by Michael Madsen in the direct-to-DVD feature, Green Lantern: First Flight. Haysbert provided a voice that focused more on the softer side of Kilowog’s character, and Madsen nailed the gruff attitude of the GLC’s drill instructor. Henry Rollins will add his name to the list for Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, another direct-to-DVD release, scheduled to hit shelves on June 7th. I foresee his interpretation being similar to Madsen’s.
Since the announcement about Geoffrey Rush being cast as Tomar-Re was immediately followed by fans getting to hear him in the WonderCon footage, perhaps we will hear the voice of Kilowog in the new trailer, which is due to debut in front of Thor on May 6th.
Green Lantern’s light grows brighter as its June 17th release date gets closer.