Everyone, at this point, knows that the Green Lantern teaser trailer released last year garnered nothing but fan ridicule. The hate was loud, and it bothered no one more than star Ryan Reynolds, who plays intergalactic patrolman Hal Jordan in this upcoming DC Comics adaptation.
While at WonderCon in San Francisco, the actor addressed fans' concerns about the movie itself, assuring weary potential audience members that Green Lantern will be a faithful, serious space epic and not the Van Wilder-like frat comedy that huge chunks of the teaser seem to suggest.
This is what Ryan Reynolds had to say, acknowledging that Warner Bros. was scared of how the movie was being perceived, but not so much anymore.
"They were worried about it. I think people should have their opinions. Fanboys are known to have a very loud voice. They're known to beat their chest hard when they like or dislike something, and that's all part of the game. I know, because I was an integral part of the shooting process, that the movie is not a comedy at all. There's definitely a few funny moments in it. The levity is really kind of more in a Han Solo kind of vein than anything broader. You are quite exposed. You're putting yourself out there on the rounds. And the push is just gonna be astronomical for this. It's kind of exciting."
Ryan Reynolds then went onto talk more about the "space epic" nature of the storyline.
"A movie like this, you can't even really get a script when you meet with the director. You have to base your decision solely on concept art and what their objectives are. For me, what sold me was the space epic. The idea of doing a superhero movie particularly in a summer particularly crowded with superhero films - it's not really necessarily appealing to watch a guy earthbound. For me, it wasn't. I love the space idea. The idea that it's kind of like 'Star Wars.' I just knew that it would encompass so much ingenuity, creating a whole other world."
Ryan Reynolds then addresses the recently announced Justice League of America movie, saying that he, at this point, is not a part of that.
"That's a whole other conversation. That's a whole business model and nothing to do with me at all," he said. "No one has ever approached me about doing a 'Justice League' movie. We'll see if they do it in the long run."
What this could mean is that we are going to have to different actors playing Hal Jordan at the same time, just as we will have two actors playing Clark Kent, and three playing Bruce Wayne. It is getting crowded around here!