Who Will Be Green Lantern: Cooper, Reynolds, Timberlake?
by Alex Billington
July 10, 2009
Just choose someone already, damnit! We've been running rumors about Green Lantern casting for quite a long time now. And they still haven't found their guy! However, THR has just published an article looking at their top three choices: Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake. We actually first heard that rumor about JT the other night on Ain't It Cool News, but I just couldn't believe it, and was waiting for further confirmation. This is it. Our guess is that Warner Brothers wants an answer from Martin Campbell so that they can announce it officially during Comic-Con - which is in only two more weeks. So?
In addition to Cooper, Reynolds and Timberlake, other actors in the "early mix" for the superhero role of Hal Jordan included Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill and Jared Leto. We've previously written articles about Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine (who is still my favorite choice), and Ryan Gosling (who I never quite liked). One of the problems is that producer Donald De Line, director Martin Campbell, and Warner Bros each have a different favorite among the three finalists, making it difficult for them to choose just one. And with a budget pushing upwards of $150 million, they really want to make sure they've got the right actor.
For those who aren't die-hard Green Lantern fans, Hal Jordan is a hot-shot test pilot who is chosen by a dying alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns. He is chosen because he has the most willpower out of anyone on Earth, and that means the actor has to command quite a presence to really pull off a character like that. Out of the finalists: Justin Timberlake does not seem like the right fit, he's not a superhero kind of guy; Ryan Reynolds is a great actor, but he just can't be Deadpool and Hal Jordan; Bradley Cooper is known more for comedy, but he's not bad. Which do you like best?