WonderCon Report: GREEN LANTERN Sequel Story is 'Set in Stone" According to Ryan Reynolds
Published: April 4, 2011 - 2:08pm
As Reynolds made the rounds for media at this weekend's WonderCon event, he reflected on the perceived issues with too much comedy and poor CGI while also looking to the future of Hal Jordan.
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
After the new footage was revealed at CinemaCon, WonderCon and then online, reception from many fans who had criticized earlier images and footage came back with much better opinions. Reynolds addressed the time and effort being put in by cast and crew will all be worth the wait.
“A lot of the moments of levity you’ve probably already seen in that first trailer,” he said. “Because they were earthbound scenes, that trailer lacked a lot of special effects cause none of it was ready yet so we were limited to only using fifteen minutes of usable footage to harvest a trailer out of it. But I wouldn’t say [the comedy] is pervasive throughout the whole movie. When he’s arrogant and cocky in the beginning you see a lot of that, but once he’s humbled by this gift, it’s a different story.”
“Movies like this are such a leap of faith because I spend 6 months staring at a big blank wall. So I’m fulfilling my end of the bargain and you’re hoping these guys will take care of that,” he said. “But you never get in a plane without checking the pilot, so I have [director] Martin Campbell there. I have WB there and they need to be acknowledged cause they do this stuff right. They spend the money, they don’t cheap out on it. They hire all the right people. You just have to know that these guys are going to take care of you.”
Things are progressing well and a storyline has already been drafted by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim late last year. Reynolds confirms that the major plot lines are all locked in for another adventure.
“I already know where that story’s going to go and I think when people see the movie they’re going to know as well,” he said, hinting that the first film will set up the sequel as already rumored. “So if we’re all lucky enough to be a part of [a sequel] that would be great, but yeah, the story’s set in stone pretty much where it’s gotta go.”
Green Lantern , directed by Martin Campbell and starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett is scheduled to hit 2D and 3D theaters June 17th, 2011.