'Green Lantern Corps' Shortlist is Long and Includes Ryan Reynolds Again

Saturday, 21 January 2017 - 7:40PM
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Saturday, 21 January 2017 - 7:40PM
'Green Lantern Corps' Shortlist is Long and Includes Ryan Reynolds Again
DC's Green Lantern Corps is still very early in development, having only just announced its writers and its concept (both John Stewart and Hal Jordan team up for "Lethal Weapon in space"). But while there's no official casting announcements yet, multiple news sites are claiming they have insider-provided lists of potential actors to wear Hal Jordan's ring.

TheWrap announced the other day that multiple insiders had provided them with a shortlist of possible Lanterns. They are as follows, from least to most surprising: Armie Hammer, Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joel McHale, Tom Cruise, and Ryan Reynolds. For those who haven't forgotten the first film, casting Reynolds again could be risky after he played Jordan in the poorly received 2011 Green Lantern. 

While it's still unclear whether Corps will be a sequel or reboot, DC has otherwise distanced itself from the upbeat but flawed 2011 movie, basing the tone of its DCEU off the dour Man of Steel instead. Reynolds is also rather busy in the much more successful Deadpool series, though his success there is supposedly why he's back in the running. Still, his being included here is so bizarre that you almost forget Tom Cruise is also listed. Although hey, he's still doing his own stunts.

Following that, We Got This Covered also claims to have some insider knowledge, which backed up Hammer and Reynolds as being in consideration, while also adding James Marsden's name into the goblet. Supposedly, ever since Westworld, Marsden has "been pretty hot" among the backroom conferences at DC Entertainment. If true, this wouldn't be Marsden's first superhero gig, as he already played Cyclops in the original trilogy of X-Men movies.

Take it all with a grain of salt, of course, because while insider information can be valuable, there's no way to confirm it. And there's sadly been no info on who's up for John Stewart, also there's certainly interest from big names. Tyrese Gibson has campaigned for the role, and has already had some meetings about it with Warner Bros. And Sterling K. Brown (People v O.J. Simpson, This is Us) also announced that he had more than enough willpower to wear the ring.


Green Lantern Corps is currently slated to come out in 2020.

Image: Green Lantern #4, DC
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