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Peter Sarsgaard

Will action fans keep 'Green Lantern' alight?

Will action fans keep 'Green Lantern' alight?

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and other superheroes have flown across so many movie screens in recent years that it's enough to give an air traffic controller a headache. The latest such do-gooder, "Green Lantern," does not even fly as high as a similarly colored superhero, "The Green Hornet," who flew through as recently as a few months ago.

Part of the problem is that "Green Lantern" has never had a very strong grip on the pop-cultural imagination. Although this green-hued comic book figure has been around for decades, he definitely seems like a second-tier superhero.

It's evidently his turn for the big-budget, special...