Warner Brothers is anxious to get “Justice League,” its own answer to “The Avengers” going–well, provided “Man of Steel” does well this summer. Word has been that they’ll do the reverse of the Marvel model of introducing characters in stand alone movies, and then bringing them together; other than Superman (Henry Cavill), the other characters will first appear in “Justice League,” and then spin off into their own movies. Well, other than the characters who have already been introduced, like Batman, but I think most people expect a new actor will take over for Christian Bale. Oh, and of course, Green Lantern, who was played by Ryan Reynolds in the 2011 movie.
Well, if WB does decide to include Green Lantern in “Justice League,” they may need a new actor to put on the green suit. Here’s what Reynolds said to Empire about the subject:
“If you’re going to do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right,” says Reynolds. “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.”
“It’s just that… working on Green Lantern, 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,” he adds. “So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around.”
I think Whedon’s a little busy working for the other team, and I don’t know if Nolan is interested in doing more for a superhero movie than produce at this point. The list of other comic book to big screen directorial geniuses is pretty short.
To be honest, I doubt WB is that interested in having Reynolds back, either. No matter how they spin the numbers, “Green Lantern” was a flop, and you’ll notice that no one’s ever made any moves to start that sequel WB insisted the box office justified making. While I don’t think Reynolds was the reason for the movie’s failure (bad script, sluggish pace, unlikable effects), fans still associate him with it and how much they hated it. I think WB would be happier to start over with someone fresh–and presumably cheaper. So sadly, Mr. Reynolds, even if they booked a team that would appeal to you–perhaps the Oscar winning tandem of Affleck and Terrio–I don’t know if you’d get the chance to say no.