Briefly mentioned in our last post, Ryan Reynolds will be taking on the roles of not only Marvel anti-hero Deadpool, but also DC star Green Lantern. IOL‘s got the news!
[Reynolds] is in the final stage of meetings for the much sought-after lead in the upcoming Warner Brothers movie based on the 1940s comic book hero, beating off competition from a host of stars including Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto and Justin Timberlake.
Director Martin Campbell and producers Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti have spent several months finalising casting after they each favoured different actors for the part.
If negotiations go well, Reynolds – who recently starred in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ and is to appear in the spin-off ‘Deadpool’ – will be the only actor to have played superheroes for both Marvel and DC Comic brands.
The ‘Green Lantern’ comic follows a pilot called Hal Jordan who is given a power ring and battery by a dying alien. By receiving the gifts, the otherwise ordinary man is instantly transformed into Green Lantern – a man who is “utterly honest and born without fear”.
At present, ‘Green Lantern’ is scheduled for release on June 17, 2011.
It’s pretty exciting stuff and the films for rival comic book companies will definitely help Reynolds show off his versatility–or just his ability to look awesome in full-on action sequences. Although for some, the news of his casting is little more than a disappointment; for quite a while now, a fan campaign has been pushing for Nathan Fillion to nab the coveted role as Hal Jordan. And when an impressive fan trailer hit the web, the desire to see the former Firefly/Serenity star take on the Green Lantern hit a fever pitch. Here’s a look:
And finally, more for Green Lantern fans! DC Direct has a line of Green Lantern: Blackest Night figures on their way. From Boodikka to Kryb to Atrocitus, you’ll find Lanterns of every colour (and the Sinestro Corps) in this 6” collection. You can pre-order now and have them shipped to you in a couple months, or you can check out the collection that’s already in-stock. Just click the pic below!