After years of waiting, it seems as if Warner Bros. and DC Films are finally taking their Green Lantern Corps property seriously. Just a week ago it was announced that David Goyer and Justin Rhodes would be tackling the screenplay for the film, due out in 2020. The project was described as a Lethal Weapon styled, buddy cop movie in space, featuring the two Earth Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart.
It didn’t take long for a shortlist for one of the main characters to surface. Today, TheWrap has revealed the contenders for Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps. Those contenders are as follows:
- Tom Cruise
- Ryan Reynolds
- Bradley Cooper
- Armie Hammer
- Jake Gyllenhaal
- Joel McHale
While some of these contenders are new, and some down right perfect (Cruise), Bradley Cooper has been in contention before and Ryan Reynolds even played Hal Jordan in the failed 2011 adaptation. While it would be weird and unlikely that Reynolds would return, the actor was the best part of Warner Bros. failed attempt at our Emerald Guardian.
In an interview from last year, Greg Silverman (former Warner Bros. President for the creative development and worldwide production) along with producer Charles Roven, who used to be heavily involved with the DC films, talked about how the Green Lantern mythology will make its way into this universe. Silverman spoke about the importance of adapting that mythology while bringing up the example of the 2011 Green Lantern film.
“[Green Lantern] is an incredible character. He’s actually multiple incredible characters There’s real opportunity there. We didn’t do a great job on that first Green Lantern movie. This is a character who deserves to be treated in the same way that Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman are being treated now, which is with great reverence. I guess I can say to the Green Lantern fans: if they can be patient with us, I think they’ll be really happy.”
Roven teased that fans may not see Green Lantern – whether it be Hal Jordan, John Stewart, etc. – until the second Justice League film, which was recently pushed back.
“Every beat of the movie is not yet worked out. So there’s the possibility that he may or may not be in Justice League 2. For now, we felt that we were introducing enough characters that the best possible place we could put Green Lantern is some introduction in Justice League 2, or barring that, a movie after.”
There you have it folks! What do you think of the choices? Sound-off in our comments section.
Green Lantern Corps is projected for release on July 24, 2020.