Jackie Earle Haley Might Still Play Sinestro in Green Lantern?
A few days ago it was announced that Peter Sarsgaard would be playing the villain Dr. Hector Hammond in DC Comics' Green Lantern movie. It was our assumption from this news that Hammond would be the primary villain in the movie instead of someone else like Sinestro, another villain character who was in the original script and even rumored to be played by Jackie Earle Haley. Well, Drew McWeeny of HitFix wrote an interesting article yesterday suggesting that Haley may still be in Green Lantern as Sinestro, not as a secondary full-time villain, but as a more minor character who will eventually become a villain in a sequel.
"With Sinestro, don't expect him to stroll in and suddenly be pure evil in this film. And don't expect him to be onscreen for the entire movie. But unless something drastically changes, he is in the film."
So who is Sinestro and why is he such an important villain? Sinestro is the former mentor of Hal Jordan and arch-nemesis of the entire Green Lantern Corps (the intergalactic police force that patrols the farthest reaches of the universe). Sinestro was banished from the Corps for using the power of the Green Lantern to instill fear rather than combat it and was then given a yellow ring and the power of the Yellow Lanterns, the enemy of the Green Lanterns, instead. In the comics he is Hal Jordan's arch-nemesis and could kick some serious ass on screen. And that's why fans want him and that's why they're at least including him this time.
So while Warner Brothers won't confirm this news and Jackie Earle Haley is keeping quiet, it's likely we'll still see Haley as Sinestro in the movie for some amount of time. "The groundwork is being laid in the first Lantern for a much larger role for Sinestro later on if this first movie does well, and they like the idea of continuing their relationship with Haley," McWeeny says. "But if the film works, expect the sequels to dig deep, and expect the foundation to be in place already." I'm certainly hoping it works, because not only do I want a great Green Lantern movie, but I'd love to see a sequel with Sinestro. Good luck Martin Campbell!