Ryan Reynolds will portray Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the new Warner Brothers movie to be directed by Martin Campbell and released in June, 2011, the studio announced. GWCers, of course, will remember Reynolds as Deadpool in this summer's X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. Reynolds will join the likes of David Boreanaz (Buffy, Angel), Michael Rye (Spider-Man, Mission: Impossible, The Real Ghostbusters), and Christopher Meloni (Twelve Monkeys, Scrubs) -- all of whom have brought the Green Lantern to life either via acting or voice work.
The Green Lanterns were first introduced to us by DC comics in July, 1940, in All-American Comics issue #16. Lanterns are selected by the Guardians of the Universe and inducted into a sort of space police force called the Green Lantern Corps. Over time, the Green Lantern storyline evolved, and Earth's Lanterns joined the Justice League of America (or the Justice Society of America).
The Green Lanterns each wear a ring that possesses magical powers that them to exert control over physical objects -- as long as the Lanterns retain the strength and willpower to control the ring. The more willpower a Lantern can summon, the better the ring will perform. The Lanterns recite an oath when they charge their ring. The most common Green Lantern oath is:
In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!
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