It’s official! Over at Variety they are reporting that Ryan Reynolds has beat out Bradley Cooper and Justin Timberlake for the role of Hal Jordan in the upcoming comic adaptation, Green Lantern. Yesterday and today has been filled with speculation over who will be the one to land the coveted role, and finally a decision has been made.
Green Lantern is based off of the DC Comics character of the same name. The film will be directed by Martin Campbell, and produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. The news just broke that Reynolds will star as the ringed hero, making this another superhero notch on the actor’s belt. Green Lantern will be released on June 17, 2011, which is the same year the X-Men Deadpool spin-off should make it’s debut.
First of all, thank God Justin Timberlake did not land this role. If he did, I would have lost all respect for Warner Bros, and everyone else involved. Second, I was kind of leaning towards Bradley Cooper. I actually wanted the studio to go with an unknown, but if they had to choose, Bradley was my pick. I think Reynolds has the physical look for the character, but I think playing Deadpool may add some confusion for the fans. He’s made the jump from Marvel to DC from his roles as Hannibal King (Blade Trinity) to Wade Wilson (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) to Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern.
Reynolds has also been considered the prime candidate to play another DC Comics character The Flash, which has a live action adaptation still in development. How many heroes can this man play? I would much rather see him stick with Deadpool.
What do you think about Ryan Reynolds being cast as the Green Lantern? Do you think his multiple comic book portrayals will overwhelm fans?