Rumors had been tossed around for months about who would fill the shoes of the Green Lantern. Variety reports today that instead of going with a risky, fresh choice, they have decided to recycle comic book movie actors and cast Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern. It sounds like a lot of good actors were pining for this role, and it is disappointing that they went with an actor that seemed so…conventional.
Don’t get me wrong, Reynolds is a fine actor. However, having already been established as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the upcoming X-Men sequels, he won’t be as fresh in yet another super hero role. I would have rather seen somebody like Jared Leto or Justin Timberlake. Hell, Jonah Hill would have been a hilarious and different choice. Anything but more of the same.
Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Vertical Limit) will direct the film. The Green Lantern‘s story is fascinating and this could be a brilliant film if done right, but to be completely honest my hopes are not high.