: My wife who was with me said that she wished the film had love overcome fear and not will. I've never read the comics so I'm not sure on this, but I said that I expect they were trying to stay true to the comics to a certain degree.
I don't know if it has always been this way, but the Wikipedia entry on Sinestro suggests that this is how the comics currently frame the dynamic.
Things have certainly changed since I used to read the Green Lantern comics. I stopped reading them shortly after Hal Jordan went nuts (following the destruction of his city) and killed almost all of the Guardians, as well as quite a few Green Lanterns (including Kilowog, if memory serves); he was later revealed to be a new supervillain named Parallax. But then, some time *after* I stopped reading the comics, they apparently decided that Parallax was not really Hal Jordan's new name, but rather, it was the name of an entity that had *possessed* him and *forced* him to kill all those people -- so Hal Jordan was actually innocent, you see. I'm not sure that two lame plot twists make a right, but anyhoo...
My point here is that Parallax didn't even exist when I used to read the comics 15-20 years ago, except for when the name was introduced as Hal Jordan's supervillainous persona. And the notion of Parallax as some sort of galactic threat that pre-exists the Green Lantern Corps -- which is the basic premise of this entire movie -- wasn't introduced until some time after *that*.
So the whole fear-will dynamic could very well represent where things are *today*, more or less. I just don't know that it's always been this way, is all.
Incidentally, another thing they tried too hard to pack into the movie is the scene that they added to the middle of the closing credits, which sets up the sequel. Someone does something, and it's not at all clear why he does it; it doesn't particularly follow anything that we saw them do in the previous scene, or the scene before that. It kind of comes out of nowhere, just because the filmmakers feel a need to set up a sequel. So we can add that to all the other stuff you've already cited as evidence of how the movie tries to pack too much into its running time.
Here's the closing-credits scene in question; obviously, a SPOILER ALERT belongs here (although, honestly, when I heard that this film HAS a closing-credits scene, I pretty much guessed what it would be):
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 19 June 2011 - 12:37 AM.