The Green Lantern movie is happening. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) to direct and Ryan Reynolds is the Emerald Gladiator. I have not heard confirmation, but I believe Reynolds is playing Hal Jordan and not Kyle Rayner. Highly unlikely he's playing John Stewart. Or Gnort. Although he wouldn't be a bad Gnort.
Incidentally, all this week reports on casting Green Lantern said it was down to Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, and Justin Timberlake(!). I like Cooper a lot and he can be quite a great asshole (see The Hangover, The Wedding Crashers, and his great canceled FOX show Kitchen Confidential). Cooper, in my mind, is a good fit for Hal Jordan as I recall him from the comics. BUT I have a hard time picturing Cooper flying around in a green and black suit conjuring things with a magic space ring. Reynolds... yeah, I can buy that.
And if Reynolds as GL kills that Deadpool movie (I hated Wolverine) then I call it win-win.
Green Lantern's a film I sincerely hope they don't screw up. Especially with the revival the series has had throughout the decade. If you've missed Geoff Johns's run, you are truly missing out.
I also wouldn't have a problem with Reynolds pulling double duty and appearing in both movies, assuming the Deadpool movie is any kind of faithful to the comics. But he has a long climb uphill after that abysmal appearance in Wolverine.
EDIT: Also, I love CRZ for making that Green Lantern icon, because now I have something to give next week's comics thread.
(edited by It's False on 11.7.09 0008)
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Cooper seemed too much like a Guy Gardner nominee, Timberlake seemed like he could have been a good Kyle Rayner. Regardless, any news that the Green Lantern movie is moving forward is good news. Doubt it'll have enough of the space opera feel that I like to my GL stories, and if you have Sinestro you need a good amount of his backstory too (considering that botching a villain is just as bad as botching the hero), but I'll wait and see before making any judgments.
From what I hear, Reynolds has spoken about the Deadpool movie and is eager to go forward with that particular project, and the gameplan is that in the movie he will constantly be breaking the 'fourth wall'. For what it's worth, he was the best part of Wolverine.
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If anyone had asked me, and they didn't, I would have suggested Chris Pine as Hal Jordan and Zachary Quinto as Sinestro. We already know those two work well together as friends and as rivals/enemies. Throw in Megan Fox as Carol Ferris/Star Sapphire and you've got yourself a blockbuster.
I think Chris Pine and Zach will be busy with the Star Trek sequel that was greenlighted back in April. Between the three, I prefer Reynolds. He is going to have to bring some acting chops to this part. Hal is a bit of a stuff shirt at times, so I don't think a wink and smile is going to get him through most of the film. I am curious about who Sinstero is though, because that is a villain I can see showing up if we go the JLA route.
I think Reynolds is as good of a choice as any for Hal Jordan. The only weird thing is that he's also playing Deadpool.
I agree with using Bradley Cooper as Guy Gardner in a sequel, if they make it that far, though. I hope they don't do Rayner or Stewart and use Gardner if they do another one, because he was the coolest.
Looking forward to this one. It's an easy franchise to screw up, though, because it's so weird and there's all sorts of things exposition wise, but I'm hoping they pull it off because the Green Lantern's one of my favorites.
IIRC, Duvall wanted the same money Pacino got, and was told to take a hike. He figured the movie wouldn't be any good without him, and was wrong. Sure, the movie would have been better with him, but it was more than just OK - I'd say even good as it is....