Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ryan Reynolds On 'Green Lantern' Origin Story

Last week, Ryan Reynolds talked about the success he’s had in 2009 with two of the biggest elements being his casting into two major comic book movies: "Green Lantern" and "X-Men Origins: Deadpool."

Now in a new interview with MTV News, he revealed that the film won't be an overwhelming origin story that dwells upon Hal Jordan's transformation into the Green Lantern, but will instead explore the character beyond the superhero costume.

"It is [an origin story] to a certain degree, but it's not a labored origin story, where the movie [truly] begins in the third act," said Reynolds. "The movie starts when it starts. We find out Hal is the guy fairly early on, and the adventure begins."

The actor plays test pilot Hal Jordan who is chosen to wield a super-powered ring when its previous owner, a dying alien called Abin Sur, crashes on Earth. The ring seeks someone "utterly honest and born without fear" to be the next bearer.

It seems that DC and Warner Bros are taking a page from Marvel Entertainment in trying to craft a layered story.

Ryan said he wants the film to have the same feel as "Iron Man," in which Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark was strongly characterized and developed before he donned the hi-tech armor.

"I think you [will] walk away from this first ['Green Lantern'] film, and the moments that you remember and the moments that mean so much to you, not unlike 'Iron Man', are the moments where the guy's not in the suit.

"That to me is the tough thing to get right. And that's something that they did get right [in 'Iron Man']. You see why this guy's in the suit, and that's what's interesting to me. Not that he is in the suit, but why."

What Ryan Reynolds says makes sense to me. Unlike "Iron Man" where a lot of time must be spent explaining how and why Tony Stark builds his suits, the explanation of how Hal Jordan gets the ring and costume can be done more quickly in terms of screentime and the story can focus on more of him learning to be the hero we know him as.

One thing that was done in "Iron Man" that worked well (and also does in "Dark Knight") is showing that the hero is a very flawed character. So in "Green Lantern," Hal Jordan might have to fight some inner demons as well, though I don't think they will be as dark as Batman's problems.

"Green Lantern" begins filming in New Orleans in April and will be released on June 17, 2011.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Latino Review, Screen Rant, First Showing, The Geek Files

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