Well that didn’t take long. Less than a day after it had been reported that Warner Brothers had narrowed down their choices for the Green Lantern feature film to just three actors, they have settled on a decision. Ryan Reynolds is the man who will wear the emerald power ring, beating out Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper for the coveted superhero role. Jared Leto was also apparently still in the running up until recently.
This will be Reynolds’s third major role in a comic book movie after playing Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity back in 2004, and Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine earlier this summer (a role that he will supposedly reprise in a Deadpool spin-off movie). He had also been in talks to play The Flash a few years back, but the project got stalled indefinitely. Out of the three frontrunners for Green Lantern, I think Reynolds was easily the best one, but it does seem a bit odd to me that he’ll potentially be headlining two different major comic book movies. Is the pool of actors for these kinds of roles really that limited? Either way, Green Lantern will definitely come before Deadpool; it is scheduled to start shooting in January. What do you think, did they make the right choice?