July 11 2009

Ryan Reynolds Is Green Lantern

ryan reynoldsWell, I finally got my wish of someone being cast as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the upcoming Green Lantern movie. Now if I could just say I was happy with the choice.

Ryan Reynolds, known for movies such as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Smokin’ Aces, Waiting, Van Wilder and so on has been cast as Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, in the upcoming Warner Brothers Green Lantern movie.  This ends all of the speculation that has been circulating for ages now as to who would play the arguably deepest comic book role to come to come to the silver screen yet.

Yes, you heard me right, this is a lot deeper role than most people would suspect.  While I would still probably give the crown to Batman/Bruce Wayne as the deepest character, Hal Jordan is a very, very close second.  Hal is a flawed man from long before Abin Sur, the previous Green Lantern for the sector, gives him the ring.  Sure a Green Lantern is to be a person without fear and a strong will, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t flawed in other ways.  Hal’s biggest problem is his sense of self-righteousness that, while it serves the purposes of the Green Lantern Corps at times, can also lead to many conflicts between himself and the Guardians of the Universe (the creators of the Green Lantern Corps).

While the character of Hal has always has a strong sense of humor, something Reynolds is best known for playing, I am completely unsold on his ability to bring the depth to this character that it needs.  The only time I have seen him play something close to a serious role was in Smokin’ Aces, and that was really only the closing scene of the film.  I haven’t seen his version of The Amityville Horror, and perhaps that would sell me more, but I’m doubting it.

green-lanternMartin Campbell (Casino Royale, The Mask of Zorro) has been chosen as the director, so the film is finally beginning to take shape.  The big questions we are left with now is how much of the film will cover of Hal’s origin.  Will the Corps even be mentioned, or will it be saved for a possible sequel?  Who will be the villain?  Will they wait to introduce Sinestro?  Will Carol Ferris, Hal’s long time love, be factored in?  Will Hal utter his famous oath to recharge his ring?

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

… that had better be in the film or I may scream.  And they had better not change one word of it either!

If the studio plays its cards correctly, they have the beginnings of a whole new franchise series on its hands, and that is another part of Mr. Reynolds casting that worries me.  He has been the lead in comedies for the most part, and I am concerned that they really are going the comedy route with this role than the drama it could be.  They have to find the right balance between the funny side of Hal Jordan, and the angst ridden man who reluctantly accepts the mantle of a galactic cop.

I wish every one involved with the film the best of luck, but I also hope that you don’t mess this up… please, don’t mess this up…

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