Ryan Reynolds has one thing standing in his way to returning as Green Lantern.
Ryan Reynolds has not portrayed Hal Jordan since 2011’s outrageously bad Green Lantern film, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will ever reprise his role. But if Zack Snyder has his way, then we could be seeing more of Reynolds’s Green Lantern in a future movie or two.
Gossip writer Daniel Richtman brings word that Zack Snyder was keen to have Ryan Reynolds return to his role as the Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Not only that, but Richtman also mentioned that if Reynolds had reprised his role it would be so that his character could help usher in the DC Extended Universe’s John Stewart. Remember that this has not been confirmed yet, so take it with some skepticism. Still, this does build from a report we published a few weeks back about Reynolds’s character showing up in an HBO Max series about the Green Lantern Corps.
That original report detailed Hal Jordan’s supposed role in the series, which would not see him showing up until the end of the first season but would see Ryan Reynolds being recast. From there, the character would be a series regular. But if Snyder had gotten his sequels, we probably would have seen the character show up in the DC Extended Universe a lot sooner.
Despite the success of Zack Snyder’s Justice League and the outpouring of support from several cast members, it appears that Warner Bros. is uninterested in continuing with the fan-dubbed SnyderVerse, supposedly because it does not fit the studio’s vision moving forward. This would rule out any possibility of a Ryan Reynolds appearance in the DC Extended Universe because Snyder honestly seems to be the only filmmaker who sees a future for him in DC’s shared superhero universe.
Ryan Reynolds has gone on to bigger and better things, most notable among them being his crowd-pleasing turn as the irreverent mercenary Deadpool/Wade Wilson. And with Deadpool 3 on the way and Reynolds actively involved in its development, there really is not a reason for him to look back on a role that was not an accurate reflection of his talents.
Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as the Green Lantern would certainly be exciting, but how and where he would fit in the DC Extended Universe remains to be seen. Presumably, he would show up alongside whoever ends up playing John Stewart in one of those Justice League sequels Snyder had been planning.
Created by artist Gil Kane and writer John Broome, Ryan Reynolds’s character first appeared in 1959’s Showcase #22. Since then, Hal Jordan has gone on to become one of the most popular DC Comics characters, one who has starred or appeared in cartoons, solo comic runs, video games, etc. He is a widely-known superhero and definitely deserves his due on the big screen. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen.
If you have not seen it yet but are curious to see how much better it is than Joss Whedon’s theatrical cut, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is now available to stream exclusively on HBO Max.