Ryan Reynolds Doesn’t Want to Return as Green Lantern in ‘Justice League’

The actor subtly acknowledges the difficulties in working on ‘Green Lantern’, and in trying to make the story palatable.

Ryan Reynolds may not return as Green Lantern for Justice League
Ryan Reynolds may not return as Green Lantern for Justice League
While the Warner Bros. DC Comics ensemble Justice League is still nowhere near being ready for production, they may have already lost their Green Lantern.

Ryan Reynolds has revealed that he hasn't been asked to reprise his role as Green Lantern for Justice League, while also talking about the difficulties they had with the story on 2011's Green Lantern.

Here's what he had to say, indicating he may be more interested if a director such as Joss Whedon or Christopher Nolan signs on.

"Not yet. I don't know. If you're gonna do comic book movies in that vein, you really have to get them right. I believe that Joss Whedon is the guy that just nails it and Christopher Nolan obviously nails it. So if they were gonna do it like that, it would be an interesting thing to do. It's just that... working on Green Lantern, I saw how difficult it is make that concept palatable, and how confused it all can be when you don't really know exactly where you're going with it or you don't really know how to access that world properly - that world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around."

Earlier this month, an unconfirmed report revealed that Christopher Nolan is developing Justice League, with Christian Bale reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Will Beall wrote the Justice League screenplay, although that report indicated the studio wasn't happy with his draft, and is seeking other writers.

Justice League Part 1 comes to theaters November 11th, 2017 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Empire
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Comments (37)

  1. CBF

    Good. GL needs to be portrayed by the likes of Nathan Fillion. He's such a desired fan-favorite it inspired him to voice act the part in 3 DC animated flms. He's down. And wtf is Reynolds talking about you have to access that world right and have a grasp on knowing what you're doing - he's the reason the GL movie sucked and bombed. Hal is not a funny man and he did not fit the role. The villains were also to blame but RR played Wally West in a Lantern costume. Wrong move. What he's talking he did. Dude needs to take his own advice and just stick to getting Deadpool off the ground.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  2. WongFu

    @lazerdude he did another JL.

    the reason Nathan stands out is because he puts himself in the situations, it's his personality that makes me like him and his humor.

    I do like Brad, he just doesn't put himself in the characters situation and that's what we have to do.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  3. Escapist

    While deliberating the role of The Green Lantern, i am alos interested in who will play the Flash. For some reason Michael Fassbender keeps popping up as the Scarlet Speedster.

    2 years agoby @escapistFlag

  4. LazerDude

    @instead8909 but he did the voice for green lantern perfectly in The Justice league animated show and he showed in fire fly and serenity that he can pull of serous and funny at the same time... in my mind I don't find anything great about bradly coopers acting I mean it isn't bad but he never stands out to me and is never a memerable moment of the movie... Fillion stands out

    2 years agoby @lazerdudeFlag

  5. Basquat

    SO he just put it on the director why Green lantern was sh*t. That's not a good idea career wise. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Demi Moore did that and faded out fast afterwards.

    2 years agoby @basquatFlag

  6. Titon

    @instead8909 I met him on ComicCon 2 years ago, and he is a very nice guy, very funny. He would be perfect for Ant-Man, the funny superhero-scientist, but for Hal, no way. Actors for Green Lantern: Bradley Cooper or Chris Pine.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  7. Titon

    @lazerdude Like @instead8909 said Fillion is to goofy for the role, too comedic, the producers need someone who could pull off a c*cky test pilot and a superhero with charm and toughness, Bradley Cooper could do a great job as Hal, he has everything for the role see The A-team.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  8. LazerDude

    @Titon are you kidding? did you see Fire Fly? he could tottaly pull off Hal Jordan like I said he already did in the animated movie justice league doom...

    2 years agoby @lazerdudeFlag

  9. Vanboy

    Yeah, he would be awesome to meet and get an autogragh from. He seems totally cool, don't get me wrong. I thought he was badass in Serenity, but for Green Lantern? Meh. He does need to do more sci-fi movies for sure.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  10. WongFu

    @vanboy he's one of the actors that I would love to meet. Love him in Castle, I keep excepting him to do more sci-fi films. Nathan seems like a nice guy.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  11. Vanboy

    Hopefully this is just Reynolds trying to pull some strings. I hate when they change actors. I think the record is for the Terminator films. I can understand what he menas when he didn't like what was going on with the story. There were so many cool things that he could have done in that movie, and the things he created with the powers of the ring, reminded me of goofy things that would have been done in a Hanna Barbarra cartoon.

    And @Mutant, I totally agree with you Nathan Fiilion comment. A buddy of mine, (who's all into Firefly) is always suggesting what good stuff he could be in. And like you, I think he's too comedic. Even in Slither he had that comedy thing going.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  12. WongFu

    I would love it if Bradley got involved with the second GL film and JLA.

    I just can't see Nathan Fillion as a superhero, he's too goofy. He would be a suitable fit for Scooby Doo 3 as the main villain.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  13. thedude-abides

    He's quoted as saying, verbatim, what I've been saying on this site for nearly 4 years. Hat's off to him for realizing that, Ryan Reynolds of all people.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  14. Titon

    @lazerdude Bradley Cooper could bring a great Green Lantern, Fillion on the other hand looks more like Ant-Man to me, they are 2 different universe, but Fillion is more of a scientist type of guy.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  15. incmob

    good riddance then mr. renyolds

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  16. LazerDude

    you know we know that Nathan Fillion can pull off green lanterns voice because he did it well in justice league doom so lets get him to do Hal Jordon... he would totally rock as Hal

    2 years agoby @lazerdudeFlag

  17. Titon

    @jasonkat Agreed

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  18. CelluloidDreams

    ...because "Green Lantern" was crap to begin with!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  19. K.Guy

    @dan1 ikr. that's what I thought

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  20. Brainiac

    @narrator YES!

    2 years agoby @thebdFlag

  21. WongFu

    I say they need to go to the second Green Lantern or get a better director and have a much needed in depth script.

    I enjoyed Ryan's version and I didn't get that Vader feeling or look.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  22. skywise

    I can imagine that the fan reaction and the negative reviews have left a bad taste in his mouth over GL but he sure was hyping it up like it was the new "Star Wars" before it came out (which i understand) but a turd is a turd.

    GL should be so easy to get right. Tons of awesome (the best in DC IMO) back story with interesting and colorfull characters. How it all went so wrong still blows my mind but I have faith that someone can get the franchise back on track.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. ridgl

    The feeling is mutual, Ryan.

    2 years agoby @ridglFlag

  24. the Narrator

    Idris Elbea for John Stewart.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  25. the Narrator

    Agreed @ejk1. I hope people realize that even a decent actor like Reynolds, who obviously holds the fans in high regard for a comic-book newcomer, can't make a sh*tty script work. It's beating a dead horse. Admittedly, if he was better versed in the lore, he might have seen warning signs about the project, but he wasn't. My friends and I can't believe Geoff Johns allowed this to happen.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  26. JasonKat

    I say... because we dont really want another reboot, and ryan isnt willing to return, Lets have another movie introduce Green Lantern sort of like they did with iron man, captain america, thor, ect. at the end of a movie like that, they could maybe put something like "a storm is coming"... in green smoke. or something like that so that we get to see "he returns" but we dont know his identity yet.
    And then maybe after hes brought into the picture in Justice League then he could have his own film after that. rather than a reboot or remake, this could be a prequl kinda.

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  27. JasonKat

    @roberto Mata
    YES dude, the cgi was so lame i almost thought i was watching the cartoon version lol
    I dont think thor was all that special either but it sure was 50% better than this film. Thor felt like it was made over a weekend, while Green Lantern seemed like they took a good 2 months just to make the cgi pop out but for all the wrong reasons.
    Im begaining to think maybe this is how transformers would have turned out if they made it take place on another planet. (good thing they didnt)

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  28. Titon

    I say reboot the film, with good leading actors and director, they don't need to use a lot of CGI, they could shoot on location, that is what Alan Taylor did for Thor 2, he shoot Asgard in England to make it more believable. The problem Green Lantern had is that they used too much cartoony CGI, Martin Campbell is a great director (Casino Royale), WB made the mistake to go with someone who isn't familiar with the use of that much CGI.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  29. Titon

    @jasonkat Agreed I was in the theater and wanted to live in the first 20 mins, I stayed but the film got even worse, the CGI is terrible, the acting and direction were unbelievable.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  30. JasonKat

    like the guy said below.. Hes not a bad actor, its just, that the story/direction wasnt taken seriously or as it should haved. It doesnt matter who takes the lead, it will still be bad until we get a good director to make it LESS cgi or BETTER cgi and have a well told story behind it. rather than rely on 3d, or cgi. and less kiddy stuff. either way i didnt like it and turned it off 25mins later.

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

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