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Rise of the Green Lantern Merch part 2

By Chris Troy

52 is a pretty significant number to the DC Universe. Post-“Infinite Crisis” (by Geoff Johns and ton of talented artists), there were 52 different universes established. Then there was the follow up mini-series to IC titled “52“, which was a 52 weekly issue mini series, also written by Johns, as well as a ton of other awesome writers and a bunch of talented artists. They’ll be 52 number 1 comics when the DC relaunches this September. And to bring things full circle, last weekend’s “Green Lantern” film debuted at 52 million dollars, which sounds good, as it was the  #1 movie in America, until you realize that the budget and advertising probably cost Warner Bros. about $300 mil. Yikes. I think it’s fair to expect seeing a Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie sooner than a GL follow up.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but will soon for the record. But it’s been described as “Toyetic” (amongst other things) which is good for both young children who were excited to see the film, and collectors who are now  getting a whole slew of GL Corp members in plastic that we never had before. Hell, there’s a Green Man figure in one of the toy lines. Green Man from Green Lantern, not Charlie Day in a Zentai Suit ( “It’s Always Sunny in Philly” fans know what I’m talking about [WILD CARD, bitches!- ed.]) Continue reading

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Trailer Trash: Green Lantern

The official trailer for 2011’s Green Lantern movie was revealed earlier today and, well… um… Kilowog, Sinestro and Abin Sur look good.  Let’s take a peek, shall we?

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CGI suit, huh?  Ryan Reynolds as a snarky womanizing wiseass chosen to be the protector of this sector of the galaxy, huh?  The usual canned superhero movie dialogue about accepting responsibility and overcoming fear to seem deeper, huh?

To be fair, a trailer this far in advance will always be a raw vision of the final product.  However, a Green Lantern comic found in the back of a family friend’s closet nearly thirty years ago was my first exposure to the medium.  My affection for the character has not abated since that day, so I’m holding to a loftier standard of what I’d like to see in the his journey to the megaplex.

Color me not impressed so far.

For my part I much prefer (and at this point would much prefer to plunk down hard earned cash to see a feature length version of) the fan-made trailer that hit YouTube about one year ago (see below).  Starring Nathan Fillion and cobbled together from a mishmash of shots and dialogue from recognizable/successful SF and Fantasy flicks such as J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings, it’s an editing masterwork and its charm, tone, and creativity did a helluva lot more to hype me up for a Green Lantern adventure on the big screen.  I even thought it was real the first time I saw it.

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But who knows?  Maybe I’ll be using this space in June to extol the many merits of the real Green Lantern.  Here’s hoping!

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Rob Liefeld freaks out over Deadpool movie.

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Yeah, I just used “freak out” in a headline, but you had to be there.  On Twitter, when he flipped out over the Deadpool movie meetings.

Walking into Deadpool movie meeting!!! Yowza!

Great Deadpool movie meeting! Lauren Schuler Donner and her team are headed in the right direction!

Deadpool movie- YES! Ryan Reynolds is on board!!!

Deadpool movie checklist- DP in costume-check! Breaking 4th wall-check! Loads of killing-double check!

Also excited to discuss possibilities of Cable in future X-films!!!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone make such great use of the exclamation mark.  Or not.  Anyway, Rob, who is truly a man among midgets, shares my enthusiasm, considering my long standing obsession with Deadpool.  I’m happy to hear that it will be a reboot and Ryan Reynolds won’t be walking around as the Merc Without a Mouth.

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Today in Brilliance.

The people behind the “I’m a Marvel, I’m a DC,” completely awesome short videos tackled the Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool  and Green Lantern issue and handled it totally awesome.

Like Topless Robot said:

Frankly, I’m ready for Marvel to just give these guys a Deadpool comic series. Or let them write the script for the movie. Whatever. Just put this dude in charge of Deadpool. I don’t think he’d disappoint us.

We couldn’t agree more.

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This is your Green Lantern.

Well, this settles thisVariety has announced that Ryan Reynolds will be playing Hal Jordan.

Reynolds is a pretty good actor, I can say that having watched quite a number of his movies he’s a thoroughly enjoyable guy to watch.  Though I’m not sure how good he is as a dramatic actor, but its long been a contention of mine that comedic actors are also just as excellent in dramas. I just have nasty visions on the part of 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros over this considering he is playing both a DC and a Marvel character (Deadpool) and that both movies will likely be released around the same time.   This is not Reynolds’ first foray into comic book characters, his first turn was as Hannibal King the vampire hunter in “Blade: Trinity”.

The movie is being handled by some fine folks involved in comics.  The script was written by “Eli Stone” producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim (who has a pretty awesome “Amazing Spider-Man” annual on stands this week) and “Kings” producer and “Superman/Batman” scripter Michael Green. “Casino Royale” director Martin Campbell will handle the space epic.

Shooting begins in January for a  December 17, 2010 release.

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WARNING: Hollywood Green Lantern Casting News.

Sometimes, I just can’t help myself when stuff like this comes down the pipe just before the weekend.  Its like Hollywood intentionally plans on torturing us to deliberate and scream at each other over the weekend until they can finally make up our minds and our arguments. Oh wait, that is EXACTLY why they do such a thing. To create buzz. It doesn’t matter what we have to say, because quite honestly, we can’t help ourselves.

So, considering you have been warned, news has broke today that the leading contenders to play Hal Jordan, Earth based Space Cop of the Green Lantern Corps, are Bradley Cooper (of the hilarious The Hangover), Justin Timberlake (yes, you read that right) and Deadpool. I mean, Ryan Reynolds. So sayeth the Hollywood Reporter:

Along with director Martin Campbell [Casino Royale] and producers Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti [Eli Stone], Warners has spent the past five months searching for the actor to play Hal Jordan, the hot-shot Air Force pilot who is chosen by a dying alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns.

This week, the race narrowed to Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake. The clock is ticking on the decision as the holding deal the studio had on the actors expired Monday, meaning the three are now free to accept other offers.

The studio ordered up two rounds of screen tests with Cooper, Reynolds and Timberlake. Other actors in the early mix included Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill and Jared Leto.

They better be joking with the Jared Leto bit. I’m just going to take a second and chime in on my thoughts on this bit of news.

Cooper, who I’ve liked way back when he was Jennifer Garner’s reporter pal on Alias has been getting quite a bit of buzz and by far leads my preference on who should play Jordan. If you’ve seen The Hangover you know he has the womanizing charm that is characteristic in Jordan and the looks to go along with it.

Timberlake, though I continually contend that he should have a late night show over Jimmy Fallon, has been showing promise.  He was literally the only bright spot in Alpha Dog but I don’t know, I feel like him being cast as Jordan would eclipse the entire movie as a whole. Green Lantern is an epic space opera, it should be covered on how cool a movie of this kind is being done; with Timberlake on, it would become about him, and how cool he is now that he’s in a comic movie.

Reynolds, though I really like him, and think he’s perfect for the role he already has (Deadpool) is better suited to another DC hero: The Flash.  Which he was in hot contention for regarding the latter when David Goyer was writing/directing that vehicle. Which died out a couple of years ago. That said, I don’t think his name should come up in this discussion.

There is also the price to consider. This movie will more than likely cost at least $200 million dollars to make.  Considering how big Timberlake and Reynolds are now (Cooper’s star is rising and thus probably his price tag) will cost the production a huge amount of money.

So, let the discussion begin, and hopefully we’ll have answers come Monday.  Regardless, an early pick of mine was Nathan Fillion, and there was a cool fan-made movie made around him as Jordan.

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