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Warner Brothers Wants Ryan Gosling for Green Lantern?!

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October 8, 2008
Source: Latino Review

Ryan Gosling / Green Lantern

This Green Lantern movie seems to be gaining quite a bit of momentum recently! In addition to confirming previously that it would start production early next year, we ran an in-depth article looking at 5 Badass Reasons Why Fans Will Love The Green Lantern Movie. Now word comes to us today from our good friends at Latino Review that Warner Brothers is looking at Ryan Gosling for the pivotal role as Hal Jordan. This isn't officially confirmed casting, but they assure us that this comes from a trusted source. The Oscar nominated Ryan Gosling playing a test pilot who becomes a Green Lantern? Good idea or not?

I hope no one needs a reminder in regards to who the character of Hal Jordan is, but let's go over some basic details. In the script, he is a 27 year old test pilot who is chosen to wear a power ring and become a Green Lantern in order to defend our universe from bad guys like Legion and Sinestro. He was given the ring when Abin-Sur crashes on Earth and finds someone who is "utterly honest and born without fear" to take his place. Everything revolves around willpower for this character, meaning he's got to have the mind to continue to fight even when he's down or believe in what he believes no matter what's happening.

That intro was just a way of making sure we've got the right guy for such a poignant character. Ryan Gosling, interestingly, seems like a good enough actor to take on the role, but he definitely wasn't the top choice in=n my mind. I like his indie projects, like Lars and the Real Girl and Half Nelson, but I'm not exactly keen on his bigger budget roles. Again, his involvement isn't confirmed, he's just the guy that Warner Brothers really wants for Hal Jordan. If he does get cast, I'll admit that I'm a bit worried that he won't be able to lead a big-budget superhero movie like this. But I've been wrong before… Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 54 Comments

1

Honestly, I had Aaron Eckhart in mind but Ryan Gosling is a total surprise! Hope this next DC project becomes just as big and successful as the Batman reboot!

Frost on Oct 8, 2008

2

Aaron Eckhart HAS to play Captain America. How about Ryan Reynolds for Hal Jordan?

Twanzel on Oct 8, 2008

3

While I'm not opposed to those two choices... wouldn't it be a little weird seeing Eckhart play both Two-Face AND Captain America? Only one superhero in a lifetime! 🙂

Alex Billington on Oct 8, 2008

4

I guess it's a good choice. It's kinda easy to pick Green Lantern though, so as long as it's a good actor, it's fine. Gosling is a good actor.

Darunia on Oct 8, 2008

5

Ryan Gosling would be a great choice. Great actor, great guy. He seems he could bring somthing to the film like Robert and Christian did. It would be a smart move to get a real actor in there and not someone who can read lines. Someone who can read into the lines and show us his fear and joy and all that good stuf to bring Green Lantern to life. I would be happy with that. Ryan Reynolds is in the new Wolverine movie, and Eckhart is TwoFace, so dont need him to be another super hero in another movie. I would have liked to say I had someone in mind for GL, but I would be lying. Never got into him in the comics. Cool guy just do not know the history of him.

AllmightyKeim on Oct 8, 2008

6

Bad idea...

Mostskillz on Oct 8, 2008

7

i'm suprised. for some reason i thought i would see some ryan gosling bashing but im pleasantly suprised. i think gosling is a great actor and would be a great fit for the role. after seeing what he did in Fracture i have a lot of faith in the talent he could bring to Green Lantern

jim on Oct 8, 2008

8

I like this choice. Ryan Gosling is an excellent actor. They made the right choice casting Bale as Batman. He isn't an action star at all. Of course he's done action films like Equilibrium and Reign of Fire, but his reputation is for more in depth characters in lesser known things. Like The Machinist. And I'm sure you've all at least heard of American Psycho. That's why he was able to give a great performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman. I think the same goes for Gosling. He doesn't do action movies. At least none that I know of. But one thing is certain: he has the acting chops to make the character relatable and real.

JL on Oct 8, 2008

9

I can see him in that role. He has the right look.

moviekidmike on Oct 8, 2008

10

Im actually a bit surprised that there isn't any bashing on here about him. I didn't have him in mind but he is an excellent actor. I loved him in Fracture. I think he can pull it off. I really had doubts when i heard Downey for Iron Man and look what happened. I love all this news coming out for this movie. This has the potential to be effin amazing!!! Oh, Aaron should just play 2face, it would be a bit weird seeing him as Capt. A.

Big R on Oct 8, 2008

11

perfect

Darren on Oct 8, 2008

12

Ryan Gosling is the perfect choice for this role, and it follows the great precedent of putting really character actors in parts that would otherwise be done by 2-dimensional meat heads like Vin Diesel. No one would have ever considered Hugh Jackman for Wolverine unless someone made that leap of faith and casted him. He was a rom-com lightweight. Ryan Reynolds is a great actor, but I think his brand of humor is more suited to the Marvel Universe, which he was perfectly fitted for in "Blade III", and I'm sure will be equally good as DeadPool in "Wolverine". Ryan Gosling has physicality and commitment to the characters he plays, plus mainstream American good looks and charisma. Beyond "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Half Nelson", he was great and youthful and powerfully emotional in "The Notebook". I think he's the perfect choice.

Lincoln on Oct 8, 2008

13

Ryan Gosling? Hmmm...I kinda like that idea, he has that same intensity and level of commitment that Christian Bale has. Plus even though he's a "name" actor he's not exactly Big Leagues ala Will Smith or Tom Cruise so that is a plus in my book he want eat up the movie or over shadow the GL concept hopefully enhance it. This is a good pick if it happens, you can't do any worse than a extremely talented guy like Gosling.

PimpSlapStick on Oct 8, 2008

14

Latino Review does it again!!!

Daas on Oct 8, 2008

15

Alex, good call on Reynolds. I totally forgot about him playing Deadpool, which i'm really excited to see. But i do think Gosling will do fine as Green Lantern. He may need to hit the weight room tho. Still would love to see Eckhart play Cap tho, despite his role as two-face, which was amazing

Twanzel on Oct 8, 2008

16

i c him as the next batman post-c.b. ne one else agrees?

andrew on Oct 8, 2008

17

Twanzel, I don't think Gosling really needs to be super buff, just fit. Plus GL isn't really a 'strongman' type of hero as stated and from the comics GL is all about willpower and the ring is an mental compacity/energy based weapon, you could be 60lbs over weight and past retirement age and still be the greatest Green lantern ever if your willpower is strong enough. Hal Jordan is a military man so of course he's gonna be in shape, but I'd be fine with a none-buff GL that's not what he's about.

PimpSlapStick on Oct 8, 2008

18

andrew I completely disagree, Gosling just doesn't have the 'look' for Batman. Sure he could pull it off, but I'd say Gosling would make a better Green Arrow or GL

PimpSlapStick on Oct 8, 2008

19

But Aaron Eckhart wasn't a superhero, he was a villain! But yeah, it would be weird seeing the same actor playing two different characters in what will essentially be one universe (DCU, anyone?) Dang, I can't believe I just figured that out. D'oh!!!

Frost on Oct 8, 2008

20

he was good in fracture. not a bad choice.

darrin on Oct 8, 2008

21

I think he would be perfect for it. He'd be convincing in the dramatic parts yet convey a solid 'humanistic' portrayal for a superhero role. Go Gosling. That and I think rachel mcadams is super hot.

Nick Sears on Oct 8, 2008

22

I think Daniel Craig has the face, but he's a bit old to pass as a 27 year old.

Perotoss on Oct 8, 2008

23

Have any of you ever read a green lantern comic? Hal Jordan's most important character trait is his unshakable self confidence, and I'm sorry but none of Gosling's work I've seen makes me think he can pull that off. Hal is the self-assured, insubordinate, anti-authority, womanizer with enough charm to get away with all of it, and to me none of those things really fit with Ryan Gosling. We're talking about a guy who's sucker punched batman because he didn't have time to explain everything to him; Hal exudes an ultra-masculine confidence that I don't get from Gosling. I'm not saying he can't pull this off, in fact I'd be very interested to see how he would play Hal, but I'm hoping that this scoop turns out to be wrong. Not that I can think of anybody more appropriate...

T Robert T on Oct 8, 2008

24

Sam Worthington would be a fine pick, sure he is an Aussie, but he can probably fake the American accent, most non-American actors can anyway. But he has the right look and size, plus he is already involved in two major action movies with the soon to be released Terminator Salvation and James Cameron's Avatar. Plus, I really can't see Gosling in the green tights, or myself rooting for him, his portrails of charaters have always been a little flat in my opinion.

MrSammich on Oct 8, 2008

25

i love ryan gosling in anything he does... and someone brought up excellent points about casting good actors and not just the macho type-casts... look at robert downey Jr and christian bale... there truly cannot be a better choice for their respective super hero franchise... Gosling will be perfect for the character... the GL always had a boyish quality about him... stronger mentally than physically... Gosling is a perfect match...i am sure he would bring his acting prowess to the role... i mean a guy who can go from a drug addict high school teacher to a blow-up doll loving loner can do any role thrown at him... and he was actually better than Sir Anthony Hopkins in Fracture... i want to see ryan do a dark and twisted role... like a real psychopath or serial killer... just a thought...

viral on Oct 9, 2008

26

Im sure he will step it up for the role. Since the success of comic book adaptions as of late, he will realize how important it is to step up to this role. He knows the fans will eat him up if he does a shitty job. The more i think about it, the more i realize that he is actually a great choice for this role. Like someone else said, i think he should hit the gym just a bit.

big r on Oct 9, 2008

27

Gosling won't do it. The movie isn't depressing enough.

Tom Brazelton on Oct 9, 2008

28

Ryan Reynolds is playing Deadpool in the new Wolverine movie so he wouldn't work for this...

Peloquin on Oct 9, 2008

29

BAD IDEA!!! Joshua Jackson of 'Fringe' and 'Dawson's Creek' is the PERFECT CHOICE. He can be both gritty and humorous, then add some muscle ... and believable.

Noodles777 on Oct 9, 2008

30

Kind of surprised that no one has mentioned Nathan Fallon for the role. But, then again, if DC is looking to build a long-term franchise, he may be a little old.

Tom Brazelton on Oct 9, 2008

31

F*** Ryan Gosling! No way I'm going to support the man who stole my girl Scarlett from me.

kevjohn on Oct 9, 2008

32

Ok man everyone here is posting weird today, Eckhart as GL? NO WAAAY! Dude is way to old for the green lantern, can you see him trying to pull off that he is in his 20s'. And Ryan he doesnt even have the chin for the Green lantern, look at the broad chin he has in the images. Not that pointy joker chin that Ryan has. #24 Sam worthington would be a good choice, Lets see, i want everyone to name there next pick for the the next 5 superhero movies dc or marvel it doesnt matter... Lets see what you guys think.

THERBLIG on Oct 9, 2008

33

who keeps bringing up Ryan Reynolds?!?! what a joke!! homo. And while Im here, SCREW YOU ALEX BILLINGTON!!

Alec Baldwin on Oct 9, 2008

34

@ KevJohn Wrong Ryan dude. Ryan Reynolds stole "your" Scarlett.

Andrew on Oct 9, 2008

35

@ #25 "i want to see ryan do a dark and twisted role… like a real psychopath or serial killer… just a thought…" Go rent The Believer. You want twisted, Ryan plays a Jew so full of self-loathing, that he's part of a Neo-Nazi movement...Can't get much more twisted than that.

jasonmd2020 on Oct 9, 2008

36

Oh, man, I can't believe I forgot about that movie, jasonmd2020, you're so right. It was fantastic. Good show, chap. And seriously, if anyone on this board thought they had a chance with Scarlett, they are seriously fooling themselves.

JL on Oct 9, 2008

37

I still think Ryan Gosling should have been spiderman...I mean tobey Maguire has the nerd factor but he didnt quite capture how witty like a smartass and badass spiderman really is

Maxx on Oct 9, 2008

38

I dunno, I kinda had Nathan Fillon in mind, but I think Ryan could pull it off. We will wait and see.

Ajax on Oct 9, 2008

39

#38, Nice Captain Hammer as GL. Well then that would mean he would be two super heroes. So no go.

AllmightyKeim on Oct 9, 2008

40

Joshua Jackson? Gross. You're an idiot. Gosling is solid.

Matty on Oct 9, 2008

41

@ Andrew Oh shit! I put a hit out on the wrong dude!

kevjohn on Oct 9, 2008

42

Nathan Fillion would be my top pick for Hal Jordan, but I don't know if he could draw in an audience unless their is a top director at the helm.

PimpSlapStick on Oct 9, 2008

43

I'm gonna have to whip this out one more time: Nathan Fillon should not be GL, he should be Captain America!

jasonmd2020 on Oct 10, 2008

44

Nathan Fillon is too old to be Hal but otherwise he's a very good fit. But Captain America? Please refrain from whipping that out again. My first pick, for either roll, would be David Boreanaz from Bones/Angel. He's not a great Cap but I can't think of anyone better, but he's a very good fit for Hal.

T Robert T on Oct 12, 2008

45

Not Gosling, David Boreanaz, Matt Damon, or someone who really knows hoe to throw Hal's famous ouch that tipped Pieface off to his true identity. TEX

texranger37 on Oct 13, 2008

46

Ryan Gosling is a good actor. I'm not against this choice at all. 😀 Fillon and Boreanaz are both too old for the role. This is Hal in his BEGINNING. He's supposed to be young. I don't think he's been in the Air Force for that long yet? And God no, not Matt Damon. 😐

Jen on Oct 17, 2008

47

ok now has anyone ever noticed that all the superheros are white? Is that a lilttle racisist or somthing? Why not use the black green lantern?

king kong on Oct 23, 2008

48

Denzel Washington if its Jon Stewart Ryan Gosling is good, but I dunno how well he would look as Hal Jordan. No king kong, nothing racist here. What about Blade? That is the first hit movie from a Marvel Comic character. It did pretty well, and is a trilogy. There are exceptions and problems when it comes to this, like actors not agreeing and stuff. Look at the Dragon Ball movie, it sucks like rhino piss. They have a random black dude who cracks silly jokes instead of Krillin (one of the important characters). (DB is gonna be some sucky sh*t). So there is yer problem. As far as Green Lantern goes, I don't think Denzel would agree to play a Superhero movie. Ryan Gosling has to cheer up a bit to look the part, but him trying to cheer up is gonna bring the real HAL JORDAN out. Cause Hal is moderate in mood. Ryan Gosling would be great for the role!

Cloverfield_Sarutobi on Oct 24, 2008

49

#47 aka King Kong said:"ok now has anyone ever noticed that all the superheros are white? Is that a lilttle racisist or somthing? Why not use the black green lantern?" They were gonna use Common as the black GL in the JLA film (Which thankfully folded.Common I thought was a fine choice, it's just everything else about that production had problems. ). As to why all the superheroes are white, it's because these characters have been around for 50+ years way before the civil rights movement & MLK. The problem is not that all these older heroes are white, but that there's no one making any moves in Hollywood with newer comic properties that are more diverse. Would I see a black/hispanic/asian superhero film? If the story was tight and the acting was quality then hell yes. But I can also see why people would get uptight if say Will Smith played Captain America, cuz that flies in the face of half a century of who that character was. How many black people would get bent out of shape if they remade Shaft with Vin Diesel? As why they're going with Jordan & not Stewart, it's simple. GL's not that well know as Bats or Spidey. So they have to do the origin story. If it takes off as a franchise then they can go with Stewart down the road. (Just as they're hinting to do with Rhodey in the Iron Man films.) That's my $0.02. Your milage may vary.

jasonmd2020 on Oct 24, 2008

50

I think they should go with the Jon Stewart/GL story because that is the story that people no today. If they want to use the Hal Jordan have a little short story for him and then show like the passing of the ring to Stewart. For the black GL i think that Denzel can play any roll you give him but you have to think who many action films hes been in not many. Now if you think about it good Michael Jai White wounld be perfect. If you dont remember him he was the guy who played Spawn and got screwed out of his payday. Now that all these super hero movies are going to start running together they need to keep the actors the same and what i mean about that is look all the batmans, hulk....

willie d on Nov 2, 2008

51

If Ryan Reynolds was to play a superhero from DC comics, he she play The Flash. He has that voice, attitude, and build for it. If not him for the Flash, then Michael Rosenbaum, from Smallville. He played the voice of The Flash on the Justice League animated series. Give him back his hair and build him up some and you get The Flash. Now about the big GL. Ryan Gosling does look the part. About the character itself, I'm not so sure because I'm not sure what kind of guy Hal Jordan was. But I'm sure Ryan Gosling could pull off the part if given enough time to prep for it. I mean, look how great Heath Ledger did with The Joker. That is why The Dark Knight turned out so well, it was given enough time to be perfected. And that's exactly what they are doing with the next Batman movie.

Carter Oliver Mackenzie on Nov 19, 2008

52

Can I play Sinestro? http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1445679394&ref=name

Joe León on Feb 26, 2009

53

I had heard at a comic shop today that they were also considering Jensen Ackles. Has anyone heard this? He is an incredible actor and definitely had the athletic ability to carry it off.

Patricia Wylie on Mar 22, 2009

54

nahh I've always thought Eric Dane would be a good green lantern

David on Apr 18, 2009

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