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Green Lantern Himself Doesn’t Care About the Justice League Movie

Though, honestly, Ryan Reynolds‘ negative comments about the oft-delayed superhero film sound less like a case of “I have zero interest in the Justice League movie” than of “I still wince when I think about Green Lantern.” Can you blame him?

Opening up about his superhero experience to Empire, Reynolds explained that:

“If you’re going to do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right. 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. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world.”

Am I insane, or has the attitude of pretty much everyone attached to the Justice League movie in some way been, to paraphrase, “meh”? This movie is a big deal! Get it together, Warner Bros.! Reynolds did go on to say that “a great script and a great director” could renew his interest in the film. Fingers crossed that the studio gets its act together and lines one (or both, preferably) of those up sometime soon. Because. Y’know. A great script and a great director are great things to have.

Though Reynolds’ excitement at coming back to Green Lantern for Justice League is decidedly sub-par, there’s another superhero he’s dying to revisit: Deadpool. Unfortunately, it sounds like the superhero movie he does want to do probably won’t make it to the big screen, at least not without some major changes. Said the actor:

“[The Deadpool script has] got a similar tone [to Zombieland], almost. 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… The script is one rewrite away from Deadpool jumping across the desk at the studio executive and attacking him.”

You know what? Forget Justice League. I want that movie.

(via: Empire, Digital Spy)

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  • Anonymous

    I think it’s more that it’s so clear that Warner Bros. focus with the Justice League movie is not to make a quality product but just to make money however possible. There doesn’t appear to be a sense of craft with it.

    I would much rather see careful attention seen towards establishing individual solo franchises the RIGHT way than muddling it all with a Justice League movie.

    If Man of Steel is a success, I’d much rather see a carefully planned sequel for THAT franchise. And I’d rather see a solo Flash movie and a solo Wonder Woman movie with careful and thoughtful consideration for those mythos etc. I don’t foresee any good coming from a Justice League movie. Not when WB/DC are so desperate for relevancy right now and desperate for money.

  • Starman

    Forget Ryan Reynolds. Get Nathan Fillion signed on to play Hal like they should have in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    A Deadpool movie doesn’t need to be that violent. A little more violent, sure, but not more violent than the Blade movies, for example. A bad way to do it would be to follow the example of the Deadpool video game they’re currently making, which seems to have too much sex and violence, according to the trailers. The character works best when there is a soft center to him.
    As for the Justice League movie, I fully understand Reynold’s mistrust of WB. They’ve own the rights of DC Comics for years and have very little to show for outside of the Batman character.

  • Anonymous

    Well, at least as far as movies go. Their television series have far outpaced Marvel’s attempts.

  • Anonymous

    Even as a fan of the animated JL, I can’t say I was ever that thrilled by eps where they all worked together and fought. Their solo/split out episodes were always far more interesting. Maybe that’s a general feeling I have toward the core six.

    The only times I enjoyed those kinds of “all together everyone” stories were in JLU, just because the power sets and characters were so ridiculously diverse.

  • Anonymous

    I keep saying just ignore the first GL movie and use John Stewart as the GL instead. And then throw in some offhanded reference to him not being Earth’s first Lantern or something if you must.
    Nobody wants to remind audiences of GL if you’re trying to really make Justice League the big kickstarter for your whole DC movie universe.

  • Anonymous

    They’re desperate, but not without reason. For all they know, the superhero genre could collapse in a few years. A movie on average takes at least 2-3 years to put together, so by the time you’ve done solo films for all the core Justice League members, you could end up in a position where nobody gives a shit about a JLA film because we’ve already had two Avengers sequels or something.

    Plus in general I’d like to see Disney and WB go with some more diverse properties rather than more Golden/Silver Age nostalgia, but that’s just me.

  • Daniel Kalban

    Good, we don’t want him back

  • Shoshana B

    It especially works when you consider that there’s a generation of people to whom Stewart is the iconic Lantern anyway, no matter what DC seems to think.

  • Diana OmegaSama Davidsson

    Who the hell would want another Hal Jordan movie, give us John Stewart. That’s who I think of when I hear “Green Lantern”.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I have no interest in seeing Reynolds as Green Lantern in a Justice League movie. I can’t even really bring myself to be disappointed that there seems to be a general stop on the movie at all–I’d rather wait for the right people with the right investment to put this thing together that get some slap-dashed coat-tail-riding mess.

  • Anonymous

    If anyone want’s to know what some fan from the internet thinks, I’ve been saying for a while that they should shelve the JLA for now, and just make a World’s Finest movie. People are already familiar with Batman and Superman, so you don’t need to spend so much time on origins and such. Just focus on the interplay and juxtaposition between the two, and how they are different from previous movie interpretations. And world-building. Use the movie to introduce one or two other key characters, and set the stage for future movies.

  • Sara

    I agree, I much rather see a Deadpool movie. Of course there has to be violence, but have you seen some of the slasher films out now? How is that any different from what he does. I think if they balance the humor and the violence of it perfectly I think they could have a great movie on their hands. But I doubt I will get that movie anytime soon :/ so I guess I will have to be happy with a game.

  • Kev Tomes

    I’ve said it for ages, and I’m gonna keep saying it. I want to see a Justice League movie. Not because I’m a comic book fan, I’m not even a DC fan, I want to see it because I want to see just how much it will suck.

    Because it will. And enjoying it being an unmitigated disaster will be the only way anyone will get any mileage out if it.

  • Kev Tomes

    I’m gonna quickly clarify myself. I’m not saying this out of spitefulness or schadenfreude. Although I’ll readily self-identify as a Marvel Zombie, that doesn’t mean I /hate/ DC, I’m as big a Batman fan as the next guy…

    However, WB/DC have proved, over and over again, that they CANNOT make a decent superhero movie*. If the JL movie gets made, it won’t be good, it’s as simple as that. The “best” it’ll be is mediocre, but the most enjoyable it’ll be is if it is an utter trainwreck. And that’s what I want to see.

    *Batman films tend to be the exception. But then Batman doesn’t exactly conform to a “Superhero” movie so much as a James Bond one. And even then DC/WB can slip up if you care to recall the later part of the 90′s.

  • Mark Brown

    … Until they get cancelled.

  • Devin Green

    exactly! Marvel now has Ryan Reynolds, but he doesn’t know when it will begin in production. i read an article about my opinion on the Deadpool game. If the Deadpool game is successful, most of that money that game earned should be able to get the movie in production this fall or winter making the movie be finished by May and making it’s way to the Big screen i say June or July of 2014. I don’t know how that’s going to roll out, but i’m down to support both the game and the Movie.

  • Kate

    Definitely! DP is one of my favorite comic characters because he’s so complex. He desperately wants to be a good person, but doesn’t really think he’s worthy of it and continues to make bad decisions. He’s mentally unstable because of a continually changing cellular structure, but every once in a while things line up such that he knows what’s happened to him, and his insanity distresses him. He seems devil-may-care, but he cares, a LOT, about what people think of him. He’s violent, but we’ve seen him question that violence quite frequently, especially when it isn’t justified. (In case it wasn’t inherently obvious, my favorite Deadpool serial to date has been Cable & Deadpool).

    That’s why it always make me sad when I see people going “I love Deadpool because he’s so wacky and violent!” because I feel like they’re missing what really makes the character so unique.

  • Anonymous

    Not that I’m that jazzed about DC, but Smallville was on TV for 10 years. Teen Titans was on for 3 years, with 5 seasons. The Dini Batman series generally ran for 6 years (if you count the merging with the Superman Adventures cartoon).

    I mean, yeah, I’m not jazzed about the staying power of JL/JLU, Young Justice, or Batman: BatB, but they’ve apparently done fine with DC material before.

  • DemonicPIty

    To be honest, I don’t get why everyone hated the Green Lantern movie so much. I’m not saying it was the best thing ever, but it was enjoyable and mildly entertaining. I liked it okay, at any rate. Though, my opinion may not count for much considering I like Jar Jar Binks, too (I thought he was funny).

  • Alan Traylor

    Marvel pulled off Avengers because of the confluence of so many important factors—great, enthusiastic cast; awesome director/writer; built upon five previous films. You can’t throw together a JL film half-assed, and that’s the fear. If you get Bale and the new Superman, great, but you’ve only got two out of five. JL can’t spend an hour trying to cram in origins for three other heroes, and it can’t throw three unknowns into the mix. WB is screwed unless they double down on the long haul.

  • Alan Traylor

    Forget Hal. JL GL should be John Stewart.

  • Lauren Murphy

    Can we worry about getting a Wonder Woman movie before we start thinking about a Justice League movie? Can we start talking about how much we want a female super hero with her own movie, before she gets tossed into a crew of male heroes? I mean, Wonder Woman was a part of the original JL trilogy, WB, let’s get a move on that film. Who cares if Green Lantern isn’t in the JL film? Let’s toss in some other members of the JL instead.

  • Anonymous

    I have a soft spot for the Joe Kelly run, where he gets an actual character progression for once. And yet, his treatment of Blind Al then is probably as dark as the character ever got.

  • Chaka ♥

    Stewart is my Lantern.