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Reynolds Calls GL Epic

Ryan Reynolds says Green Lantern will be Epic.

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 01, 2011
Source: Los Angeles Times

Ryan Reynolds and Blakey Lively from GREEN LANTERN
© Warner Bros. Ent. Inc.

It seems that lead star Ryan Reynolds isn't fazed by some fan backlash from the first Green Lantern trailer released late last year. While the executives over at Warner Bros. Pictures conceded earlier this week that a reason they've been holding back promotional content and trailers for the summer film was fan worries spawning from the first trailer (and an effort to fix them in post-production), Reynolds recently chat with the Los Angeles times while backstage at the CinemaCon and addressed some of the points.

One issue he commented on was the fandom reaction to the comedic moments from the first trailer.

“They were worried about it,” the actor said backstage Thursday at CinemaCon, where new footage of the summer release was unveiled. “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.”

Reynolds went on to say that one of the selling points for him was that it would be a space epic in the same vein as the Star Wars saga.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Find out what he had to say about the recent Justice League rumors and whether he would be involved by reading the full story here.

The second full trailer for Green Lantern will be attached to the May 6 release of Marvel's Thor.


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AmbyWarhol 4/1/2011 11:29:48 PM

 And there you have it.  Because Reynolds said so!

krathwardroid 4/2/2011 12:00:05 AM

Regardless of what it is, does it mean it improves his acting ability in the film? :P

SmokingFrog77 4/2/2011 3:58:49 AM

I am quietly optimistic...

spiderhero 4/2/2011 4:39:21 AM

Wait, he took the role before he saw a script? Makes me think there'smore flash than substance to the movie. I want it to be good, & that he's saying there isn't alot of humor in it is encouraging.

Wiseguy 4/2/2011 4:45:25 AM

The cgi suit and his comedic tone were the only thimngs that worried me. Other than that I've loved everything I've seen in the trailers. The latest pix of other GL's have looked better and his explanation of the comic tones in the film alleviates my fears a lot. I'm ready for opening day. And in a funny way I think low expectations will end up helping the film by how surprised some folk will be.

McQuestion 4/2/2011 4:52:55 AM

Hoping for the best, but still looking forward to Thor and Captain America far more. Be nice to have a third big superhero movie to see this summer, though.

MrGarabaldi 4/2/2011 6:22:19 AM

I'm with you Wiseguy!!!!  I am hoping this will be great.  And I think low expectations (mine included) will really help.  The talk about the bulk of it being in space instead of earth bound is really exciting for me!!

This is going to be a great year for movies!!

Bryzarro 4/2/2011 7:20:25 AM

 I still do not doubt that this movie will hold tight with Thor and Cap.  I'm still not sure why everyone thinks there is too much comedy.  There were like two quick cuts inthe trailer and everyone dumped on it.

Lsn22s 4/2/2011 8:30:50 AM

What the hell...enough PR interviews and all this other BS....SHOW ME AN EFFING SWEET-@SS, EPIC, EDGE -OF-MY-SEAT TRAILER and THEN I'll be truly excited for this movie....until then, I'm cautiously hopeful, but not sold yet...RR is definitely talking the talk, but that's not enough....

The trailer was meh, maybe better than "meh" but not by much....the comedy bits didn't help but it's true, its not fair to judge the whole film on that...However,  i also didn't see ANYTHING that made me go "OH SH*T!!!AMAZING!!!" to balance out the wackness in what i saw...the other characters look cool, but I've said it before and I'll say it again....I really think the Green Lantern himself is going to be the lamest part of his own movie...and that's just WRONG....

i hope I'm wrong...please let me be wrong....

Tevii 4/2/2011 8:51:14 AM

Im not sure why people think there is too much comedy or that he acts like Kyle rather than Hal. Hal Jordan was young and immature when he first got the ring. If by the end of the movie there is no change or character development, then we would have an issue. But as of now, hes supposed to act just like that.

@Wisguy - I agree 100% that the low expectations could ultimatley benefit the movie. Movies that are highly anticipated rarely live up to the expectation. Now that so manmy people are assuming this will suck, when they see it, they will be blown away.

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