If they were choosing sides for a superhero kickball game, the Green Lantern probably wouldn't hear his name called for a while.

If they were choosing sides for a superhero kickball game, the Green Lantern probably wouldn't hear his name called for a while.

As far as name recognition and cool backstory, Lantern isn't in the same tier as Batman and Superman, but that doesn't mean he can't make for a fun summer flick.

Well, um, he doesn't. "Green Lantern" is pretty much the definition of an overblown summer movie mess.

I watched the movie, but you might have to get a comic-book guy to explain this origin. The Green Lanterns are, like, space police. And one of them leaves and comes to Earth. Or something.

Enter hotshot test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). When the dying Lantern's super-powered green ring is sent to choose a new Lantern, it heads straight for Jordan and his devil-may-care attitude and tousled hair.

Listening to my female friends swoon, it's easy to see why Reynolds was cast. He's actually sorely underused here.

Yeah, he shows the abs, but he can be wickedly funny, and he's saddled with a ponderous script that explains the intricacies of intergalactic warfare. I had flashbacks to "The Last Airbender." That ain't good.

There's also a chemistry-deficient romance with Blake Lively. And some flashy 3D effects, and lots of green.

Sorry, Green Lantern, we've got enough superhero franchises. You get picked last.