January 12, 2010 - It looks like Green Lantern has found its villain. The next comic-book hero in line for cinema stardom may just be battling Peter Sarsgaard in the Martin Campbell-directed adaptation, reports to Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog. Sarsgaard would face off against Ryan Renyolds, double-booked in the comic-to-film space as both Green Lantern and Deadpool.
To casual comic fans, they'll be confused that they're going with the more obscure Hector Hammond as opposed to the well-known Sinestro. To the hardcore, it makes perfect sense. Sinestro's appeal is that he starts off as the greatest Green Lantern of all-time before he falls to darkness in a misguided attempt to bring order to the universe. The weight of Sinestro as a villain is reduced significantly if you cast him in that role from the beginning. Letting Sinestro establish himself as a hero before becoming one of the galaxy's most feared villains is a wise move.
MacGruber! Making life-saving inventions out of household materials! MacGruber! Getting in and out of ultra-sticky situations! MacGruber! The guy's a freakin' genius! MACGRUBER!
Good luck getting that theme song out of your head
Originally posted by It's FalseBut after all the rumors of Jackie Earle Haley as Sinestro, I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be slightly disappointed.
I can understand that. The only reason I never paid the Haley rumors any heed is because it always seemed to come from the Internet casting him as a wish list for Sinestro, not from anyone in the production to my knowledge. Besides, Haley has a job - he's in Human Target on FOX so I didn't think he'd be available to shoot Green Lantern anyway.
Nevertheless, I'm stoked for Green Lantern. Kilowog, Tomar-Re, Abin Sur... it sounds fantastic.
The potential of this to be a killer franchise is off the hook. I agree with you It's False that Hammond makes perfect sense, Sinestro needs to be done as a slow burn for there to be any meaning behind it. This ESPECIALLY makes sense given Geoff John's recent Origin Series essentially started off with this very premise.
The amount of cameos in this movie and "little things" could be epic. Little things to make people think about the sequel (there will be, we all know it). EVERYONE is going to be looking for the Sinestro slow burn (as they should), but there's so many other areas that we could look at. Imagine;
- A quick cut with someone at a drawing board looking out their window seeing GL?
- Seeing a member of the U.S. Marines with someone calling him "Stewart"?
- Or, maybe, JUST MAYBE....someone totally badass wearing a University of Michigan Wolverines shirt (please say yes!)
A lot of GREAT potential here. I definitely have my hopes up for this!
You know, I really don't know what to put here. Close your eyes and thank of something funny!
I have to completely disgaree. As a Green Lantern fan I am dreading this. Reynolds is fine, and I like that Sinestro starts as a villain but everything else is pretty blah and only having somebody that is fine as the lead isn't what I'm looking forward to with my favorite comic book character.
I also find it very unlikely that the special effects of the ring will be very good and I can't imagine them doing anything remotely close to a good Killowog. I recently saw Green Lantern: First Flight and I can't imagine a live action version being any better so I'm pretty unenthusiastic by all of this.
Green Lantern: First Flight is good, but the one problem is that we know nothing about Hal Jordan other then he is a pilot. I would like them to focus on Jordan with daddy issues and his no kill rule much like New Frontier. If we get Sinestro as the mentor turned deposed dictator in the first one and then main villain in the second movie then I am cool with it.
No Superman sighting in Green Lantern. There were rumors a few months ago of working in Superman or Clark Kent in a cameo somehow (Brandon Routh most likely), but then Warner Bros. put any new Superman project in development limbo.
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