Before the huge success of Deadpool and Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds was involved in some pretty bad superhero films. His first appearance as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine sewed the character’s mouth shut, and Blade: Trinity is widely considered to be the worst film in the trilogy. But easily the worst of Reynolds’ superhero blunders came in DC’s Green Lantern, which put the actor in a silly-looking computerized green suit. But with Zack Snyder claiming his cut of Justice League will have an ending with a “hero cameo that will blow hard-core fans’ minds,” many suspect this could mean the return of Ryan Reynolds.
Even though the Green Lantern is thought to be one of the integral members of the Justice League, the character hasn’t appeared in the DC universe since Ryan Reynolds’ 2011 Green Lantern. Joss Whedon’s cut of Justice League didn’t feature Green Lantern, and no footage that has been shown of Zack Snyder’s Justice League has shown the Lantern either. While it seems strange that there will not likely be two Justice League films without the Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds has commented on the rumor, and it seems like if Hal Jordan does appear, he won’t be playing him.
After Ryan Reynolds made X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the actor seemed determined to make a more comic-accurate version of Deadpool, yet he hasn’t had that same reaction to his turn as the Green Lantern. In Deadpool, Reynolds made fun of Green Lantern multiple times, while in Deadpool 2, a post-credits sequence even showed Deadpool going back in time to kill Ryan Reynolds before he could make Green Lantern.
But it does seem like DC still has plans for the character, and it certainly doesn’t sound as though Ryan Reynolds will be involved. Currently, there is a Green Lantern television series in development for HBO Max, which will focus on the Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Alan Scott, and Simon Baz versions of Green Lantern, as well as Sinestro and Kilowog.
With 2013’s Man of Steel creating a new DC Extended Universe, it also wouldn’t make much sense for Ryan Reynolds to return to the role. In fact, DC already seems to have plans to make another Green Lantern film in this universe. In 2015, Warner Bros. announced they were working on a new film called Green Lantern Corps, which was scheduled for release in 2020. While that didn’t happen, it was also reported that Warner Bros. was working on a Green Lantern film with a script that would supposedly be done by 2019. While we haven’t seen the Green Lantern in the DC Extended Universe, it seems that it’s not for lack of trying on Warner Bros.’s part.
It’s not clear when this cameo was shot, but Zack Snyder’s Justice League producer Deborah Snyder said that they only shot one additional scene for the version. Odds are, whatever this cameo is was already shot years ago, and not this specific scene. Besides, it’s not like hardcore fans have exactly been dying for the return of Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern. But there isn’t much longer to wait to see what this cameo is, as Zack Snyder’s Justice League releases on HBO Max on March 18, 2021.