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.