Ryan Reynolds is in the peculiar position of starring in two upcoming comic-book adaptations, as two completely different super-heroes. Firstly he will be starring in Deadpool (the spin-off of the spin-off) as the titular character, and secondly in the The Green Lantern.
MTV recently quizzed Reynolds about his role in the Green Lantern movie:
"I think you walk away from this first 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," said Reynolds.
However, Reynolds acknowledged that developing those moments amid the cosmic action central to "Green Lantern" is a daunting task — after all, a test pilot who receives a super-powered ring from a dying alien is likely to demand a much different tone than a billionaire industrialist building his own battle armor.
"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," he explained. "The movie starts when it starts. We find out Hal is the guy fairly early on, and the adventure begins."
Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with starting out with an origin story (you've got to introduce the characters right?) because I know it can be done well, and if they are taking notes from Iron-Man that can only be a good sign. Having said that, it would be interesting to see a filmmaker take a different approach and throw the audience in at the deep-end, perhaps revealing the character's origin slowly throughout the movie, or franchise. Either way I think it could work in skilled hands. As for the plot of the Green Lantern itself, well its so bizarre that I worry if they can pull it off without making it seem goofy. I might get assaulted by the die-hard comic nerds, but perhaps a little update of his original story is in order?