Still doing the rounds for his upcoming black comedy The Voices, Ryan Reynolds was once again approached about two things he can’t escape; firstly about the impending and insanely promising [Deadpool](movie:38663) film that fans have waited for, and that gleaming bogey-colored space turd that was Green Lantern that very few fans took a shine to. Whilst he praised the upcoming arrival of the anti-hero he was born to play, he finally shed some light on what he thought was wrong with our first introduction to DC’s GLC that eventually became FUBAR.
In retrospect, the one thing that Reynolds has caught on to in this crazy ever-expanding superhero game is that there are so many of them that slip through without a script, Green Lantern being one of them. Speaking to Yahoo he explained…
When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script, because the script didn’t exist. I’m not complaining about it — it was an opportunity of a lifetime, and if I were to go back and retrace my steps, I would probably do everything the exact same way. But script, that’s what’s different on this one.
Thankfully, the return of Wade Wilson to the big screen will be a planned one, with many deaths and our anti-hero being a smart ass various hilarious ways. Speaking about Deadpool, Reynolds looked to show signs of relief over the fans reaction to not only that great test footage (which can be viewed up below) but also the leaked script that showed what was in store.
We’ve had a script for three years. The script got leaked, and people even loved that. That says a lot — if you can create a script around a comic-book character that is directly within the canon of the character and be embraced. That’s a huge step in the right direction. I’ve since learned that a lot of superhero movies don’t really have a fully functioning draft of the screenplay ready until they’re already well into shooting.
It really is a shame that Green Lantern panned out the way it did. It had a great choice in Reynolds as Hal Jordan, and an equally perfect pick with Mark Strong as mentor and gradual side shifter Sinestro. Having said that, neither could redeem the film that had no idea what it seemed to be doing with its hero or the piss-coloured space cloud he was facing off against. Secretly, I hope that even if DC go with a new Lantern for the 2020 effort (there are four others from his sector to choose from after all), they might find space for Reynolds to put the ring back on and put him and his heroic alias on a road to redemption. For now, we can look to the near future and see how he handles Deadpool, and if the footage is anything to go by he’s going to do just fine.