ByFranco Gucci, writer at Creators.co
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DC has been restructuring its cinematic universe lately, with the announcement of Shazam! being split into two movies and casting for Green Lantern Corps. Despite being three years away, Warner Bros. is already searching for one of its Hal Jordan.

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According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. already has a shortlist of actors in mind to protect the universe alongside fan-favorite Jon Stewart in their upcoming film. Here are the rumored picks:

Tom Cruise

Cruise in 'Mission Impossible' [Credit: Paramount]
Cruise in 'Mission Impossible' [Credit: Paramount]

While it may be hard to picture Cruise in a superhero movie, he was the original pick for Tony Stark before Robert Downey, Jr. was cast as everyone's favorite billionaire playboy. What caught my attention is the fact that Cruise is 52 years old. Could DC be doing the same thing they did with the DCEU version of Bruce Wayne and make Hal Jordan an older, more seasoned crime fighter?

Joel McHale

McHale in Community [Credit: NBC]
McHale in Community [Credit: NBC]

This is an actor I never considered when thinking about the right actor for Hal Jordan, but it makes sense. He has the physique, and thanks to his leading role in the hit sitcom Community, we know he can pull off the sarcastic a-hole that Jordan is.

Bradley Cooper

Cooper in 'American Sniper' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Cooper in 'American Sniper' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Bradley Cooper is currently playing Rocket Raccoon for Marvel Studios, but seeing as how he only provides the voice — so he's not a visible face in the MCU — it wouldn't be a problem for him to jump over to the DC universe.

Armie Hammer

Hammer in 'The Lone Ranger' [Credit: Disney]
Hammer in 'The Lone Ranger' [Credit: Disney]

Hammer made the internet explode last year when, on Twitter, he teased his appearance as Green Lantern in the DCEU. Considering the evidence supporting his involvement, it's quite possible he's one of the strongest contenders on this list, and it's about time he gets his own franchise.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Southpaw [Credit: The Weinstein Company]
Southpaw [Credit: The Weinstein Company]

Jake Gyllenhaal is no stranger to superhero cinema, as he was at one point in line to replace Tobey McGuire for Spider-Man after the latter suffered a back injury. Despite his picky nature, when it comes to the movies he participates in, Gyllenhaal has nothing but great things to say about the comic book genre. Here's a statement he made during SXSW (South by Soutwest):

“Superhero movies have inspired me. I remember when I saw ‘Thor' I was really inspired. There’s a reason for myth. They are so moving and so important…. Sometimes I’m in a scene playing what people might interpret as a sociopath and I’m thinking of ‘Thor'.”

Going by that, it's quite likely he would be willing to play one of the most inspiring superheroes out there.

Ryan Reynolds

This is easily the biggest surprise on the list. Ryan Reynolds previously starred in 2011's Green Lantern, which was a critical and financial flop and left the actor's career in a very bad place. He described himself as "unhireable" afterward, but with Deadpool he's once again box office gold. Only time will tell if he chooses to return to the role and embark on two superhero franchises at the same time.

According to The Wrap's report, Warner Bros. is still in very early stages of casting, so none of the actors on this shortlist have been approached. Still, the fact that there is a shortlist at all indicates the studio wants Green Lantern in the DCEU ASAP.

Could this mean the hero will show up in another film prior to Green Lantern Corps in 2020? Hopefully, more information will come soon — including candidates for the role of John Stewart!

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