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July 10, 2009 - Green Lantern / Ryan Reynolds cast as Green Lantern

Scooped on Friday, July 10, 2009

Variety breaks the news that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Green Lantern. The trade states that the option on Reynolds was extended past Monday whereas the other options on Bradley Cooper and Justin Timberlake were not.

When Reynolds plays DC Comics' cosmic superhero it will be his third time playing a character that originated in comic books. In Blade: Trinity the actor played Hannibal King, vampire slayer, and in X-Men Origins: Wolverine the 32-year-old starred as Deadpool. It will be interesting to see how the casting of Reynolds as one of DC Comics' most recognizable superheroes will effect him reprising his Deadpool role in the spinoff movie that's in development. Conceivably Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox may have issues over their Deadpool leading man also playing a different superhero in a competitor's movie.

Before Reynolds can begin work on Green Lantern he will star in the indie thriller Buried. Filming on Green Lantern is scheduled to kick off in January 2010.

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Posted: 10 years 18 weeks ago

OMG and HOLY CRAP.

Umm. I have to digest this. Shameless plug but we're going to have to discuss this tomorrow night on the show.

Wow.

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Posted: 10 years 18 weeks ago

Green Lantern requires a measure of gravitas that I'm not certain Reynolds has. I'll be happy to be wrong!

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Posted: 10 years 18 weeks ago

I'm with ya there Baelzar. GL is one of my favorite characters (especially with Blackest Night about to kick into high gear), and I'm not sure Reynolds can pull it off. I'll be happy to watch him prove me wrong though.

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