Ryan Reynolds confirms his version of Green Lantern will not be suiting up again for Zack Snyder’s much-anticipated cut of Justice League. Reynolds previously played Hal Jordan in the ill-fated 2011 Green Lantern film before moving on to other, more successful projects, like 2016’s Deadpool. Meanwhile, Snyder’s cut of Justice League is one of the most highly anticipated movie releases of the year.
Snyder departed the Justice League production after suffering a family tragedy. After a massive fan campaign on social media, HBO Max signed off on allowing Snyder to complete his version. Recently, Snyder teased a surprising hero cameo near the end of the film, leading many to speculate the film could see the debut of the DCEU’s first proper Green Lantern. This isn’t a far leap, considering HBO Max is currently developing a Green Lantern Corp TV series. Of course, any mention of the Green Lantern evokes Reynolds’ failed version of the character, which has fans of that film hoping it would be his version of Hal Jordan appearing at the end of Snyder’s cut. Sadly, according to Ryan Reynolds on Twitter, he’s not suiting up again for Snyder’s teased cameo. Reynolds has a little fun at the expense of his GL film, noting the suit stays “in the computer,” a reference to the infamous all-CGI costume from the 2011 misfire. Check out the tweet below.
It’s not me. But what a cool pirate flag to cameo as Hal. Maybe it’s another GL? But for me, the suit stays in the closet. I mean, computer. https://t.co/QU4NRVadiz
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 22, 2021
Reynolds is a good sport about the whole thing, wondering if perhaps it’s another Green Lantern who might cameo or even another actor as Hal Jordan. Green Lantern is traditionally one of the founding members of the Justice League, so it was always odd that he’s been mostly absent from the DCEU up to this point. There is a Green Lantern Corps film in early development, with writers David Goyer and Geoff Johns attached to the project at different points. The theatrical cut of Justice League featured a non-named Green Lantern in a flashback to ancient Earth, but that’s the most we’ve gotten of the emerald ring slingers so far.
Snyder’s Justice League is going to be a monster of a film. Clocking in at 4 hours – twice the theatrical cut length – the film could potentially be loaded with characters and references that didn’t make it to the big screen in director Joss Whedon’s compromised cut. We know Reynolds won’t be part of the film, but there’s still hope that a Green Lantern could make their presence felt.
Deadpool 3, which is currently in development at Disney and Marvel Studios, will reportedly be rated R. While Ryan Reynolds first appeared as the character in 2009’s much-derided X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the Merc with a Mouth truly became a household name with the debut of the character’s first proper solo movie in 2016. Deadpool was released to widespread critical praise and broke box office records, grossing $782.6 million worldwide. Its success led to Deadpool 2, a lucrative sequel that earned $785.7 million.
One of the reasons why the Deadpool movies were such big hits was their R rating, which allowed them to stand apart from a majority of comic book adaptations. This approach gave the creative team plenty of leeway and allowed them to depict over-the-top violence, raunchy comedy, and other adult-orientated topics to make the films feel fresh and exciting. That’s why there was some concern when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox’s entertainment assets, which moved the Deadpool franchise under the Mouse House umbrella. However, it seems like the series is remaining R-rated. As news of Deadpool 3 scoring a new writing team broke, Deadline’s Justin Kroll noted sources have told him the new movie will be R-rated like its predecessors.
Disney, of course, prefers to keep things family-friendly; all MCU installments to date have been rated PG-13. So, ever since the Fox acquisition, there have been conversations about Deadpool’s future on the big screen. That said, this latest update shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, seeing that former Disney CEO Bob Iger stated last year the Deadpool franchise would remain R-rated. It’s clearly a formula that works, so there’s little reason to change it and risk upsetting fans by watering the property down. This isn’t to say it’s impossible to make a successful PG-13 Deadpool movie, but the filmmakers would needlessly be hamstringing themselves when audiences have shown there’s a demand for R-rated comic book films.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how future Deadpool movies fit into the ongoing MCU continuity. The first two films were adjacent to Fox’s X-Men franchise, but largely operated as their own entity. It wouldn’t be surprising if Disney and Marvel did something similar with their Deadpool movies, allowing them to be separate from the core MCU storyline. That sounds easier than trying to find a way to fit Deadpool’s fourth wall-breaking shenanigans into the larger franchise. Tonally, the Deadpool movies are different from the MCU’s usual fare (even works like Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok), so it’d probably be for the best if Deadpool 3 was its own thing.
Ryan Reynolds’ video game comedy Free Guy has officially been delayed indefinitely. The Shawn Levy-directed film stars Reynolds as an unassuming bank teller named Guy who frequently gets attacked and held up by gun-toting criminals. Why? He’s a non-playable character in a video game similar to Grand Theft Auto. When Guy learns the truth behind his existence, he’s plunged into a journey of self-discovery as he fights to keep the game alive. Free Guy also stars Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Taika Waititi.
Free Guy was originally slated for release in July of this year, but the coronavirus pandemic led to Disney pushing it to December. For some time, the studio remained committed to this time frame, though it was always likely the film would be delayed once more. In fact, the Free Guy cast came together to make a video poking fun at their preparedness for a possible delay. Now, it turns out that video was on the right track.
As of today, Disney has officially delayed Free Guy. Instead of giving it a new release date, the studio has removed it from its release calendar entirely, leaving it unclear as to when Free Guywill actually be released. Disney has also pulled Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile off the calendar.
Free Guy‘s latest delay doesn’t come as much of a surprise, seeing as most major end-of-year films have already fled to later dates. The only tentpole to remain on the release calendar for 2020 is Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 on December 25, but many are expecting it to be delayed as well. At this point, most studios have decided it’s smarter to wait until more movie theaters are open and more customers are willing to return. This doesn’t help those theaters that are in fact open and are in need of some fresh content, but studios are more interested in giving their films the best shot at financial success.
This leaves the question: When could Free Guy be released? The lack of a new date at this time leads one to wonder if Disney is considering a straight-to-Disney+ release, just like Mulan, Artemis Fowl, and Soul. Right now, it’s hard to say what the studio is planning, but that could be an option. Another avenue is Free Guy waiting for summer 2021, which would once again cement it as a potential summer blockbuster. Odds are, Disney is waiting to see how the coming weeks and months play out before they decide what’s best for Free Guy.Hopefully, though, it’ll be released in a way that gives it the audience it deserves, whether it’s through streaming or theaters.
Huge thanks to Jen who was able to send me over UHD screencaptures from Ryan’s latest film 6 Underground. I can’t thank her enough for the kindness that she showed. Also huge thanks to Jess for the stills!