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!
What do you think of Warner Brothers' decision to cast Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern? Let us know in comments!
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I’m pretty sure this role gives him the record for most comic book roles played by one person. In addition to the above-mentioned Deadpool, he also played Hannibal King in the third Blade film.
I’m actually cautiously optimistic about it. He’s been solid in everything I’ve ever seen him in (including playing the obligatory “guy who dies in the opening scene” in an episode of the X-Files I just watched). Hopefully he’s not too distracted by all the trash talk he’s been receiving from across the interwebz lately.
Better than having JT in it. He’s cool–just not Hal Jordan material.
Don’t like it. Don’t like it at all. Especially for Hal. Guy Gardner, not looks wise but attitude/timing, I can see. Kyle Rayner for looks, I can see. Hal Jordon though? Nothing he’s done has shown me he’s the right choice for the role and I’ve seen quite a lot of what he’s done. If there is something he’s been in that shows he’s capable of being a hard drinking, casual cocky, fighter piloting lady’s man that shows, short of maybe Batman, sheer willpower to overcome anything than lemme know, I’d love to see it.
I think that it’s a good pick. RR passes the look test and he’s also a very solid actor. I think that he’s the perfect pick for this type of role in that he’s not as established as a top-level star but he has enough star power to draw people into the box office.
Well I will say he is not I call my first choice. That being said I think he will do fine. Have seen him in stuff for years and all the time his performances have been very solid. He’s still young enough for him to grow in the role. Now get on making a kick arse script and get this thing in the theaters next year or summer 2011.
the ring isn’t magical. The Guardians are aliens from Oa who have used super-science to harness the emotions of sentient beings, in this case, strength of will, into a lantern shaped power battery, with a ring used as the conduit.
I’m a RR fan have been since all the way back to “2 Guys, A Girl & A Pizza Place” in which he was very funny as Berg. But HE IS NOT HAL JORDAN. Brian Austin Green really campaigned for the part and I really think he would have made a great Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. If you doubt his chops please watch Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles and get back to me.
Sweet! You always need more Ryan Reynolds!!! I hope they put him in some tight leather!