After the mixed bag that was the 2011 Martin Campbell-directed Green Lantern, it’s understandable that a star as big as Ryan Reynolds might be reluctant to return to the role, even given the prospect of DC’s upcoming mooted-Avengers-beater Justice League.
In an interview with Empire Magazine – whose fertile pages have provided us with several breaking stories in recent days – Reynolds had this to say:
“I saw how difficult it is to make that concept palatable and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly. That world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world.”
Reynolds, no stranger to comic book movies with previous appearances as the hilariously profane Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity and a bastardized Deadpool in X-Men: Origins, is the only actor we at AP2HYC can think of to cross party lines between Marvel and DC.
Despite his high-profile lobbying to reprise The Merc with the Mouth in the long-awaited Deadpool movie, it seems his loyalties are still torn between the two Goliaths.
Reynolds is unwilling to absolutely rule out a return to the Green Lantern franchise:
“[A] great script and a good director can always turn that around…I believe that Joss Whedon is the guy that just nails it and Christopher Nolan obviously nails it. So if they were gonna do it like that, it would be an interesting thing to do.”
So, given that Nolan is set to godfather the next generation of DC adaps, as he did with Zack Snyder’s as-yet unreleased Man of Steel, there’s hope yet that Reynolds will again speak the Green Lantern oath.
On the Deadpool front, it seems Reynolds is not sanguine:
“It’s so, so far into the R-rated zone… it’s a nearly NC-17 world and I just don’t know if the studio would ever risk their reputation doing it,” says Reynolds, who also compares the tone of the script to Zombieland. “We’ve been developing it and we would never wanna do it unless you could [do] it that R-rated way, so… They wrote it and they developed it as well and, you know, it’s sitting there. You could do it for a pittance compared to the modern sort of epic scale superhero movies, but it’s about a guy who knows he’s in a movie and knows he’s in a comic book who is deeply mentally disturbed and hyper violent. And that’s tough to get by a studio.”
Promising that the film will deal with the “WTF moment!?” of Deadpool’s appearance in X-Men: Origins, we at AP2HYC have but one comment to make: Kickstarter anyone?