The rivalry between DC Comics and Marvel has been going on for what seems like forever. Batman. Spiderman. Superman. The Avengers. The Fantastic Four. The Justice League. The Hulk. Iron Man.
It came as no surprise to see that both DC and Marvel have created their own movie studios and that the feud has left the comic book world and taken the big screen.
And now at the crux of this feud, where there’s due to be Iron Man and Batman sequels, and the Avengers is on the horizon, comes The Green Lantern, a staple in the DC Universe.
And it has just been reported that Ryan Reynolds has signed on to play this legendary DC Superhero.
For those who are unfamiliar with this comic book legend, he first made an appearance in All American Comics #16 in July of 1940. Originally created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell, the Green Lantern was adorned with a power ring that gives the user control over the physical world, as long he had the strength and will power to be able to wield it.
Reynolds, according to the Hollywood Reporter beat out Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper as Warner Bros first choice for the iconic superhero. Also, the process of choosing the newest superhero was a lengthy one, and now makes Reynolds the ONLY actor to play a character in both DC and Marvel universes.
Most recently Reynolds can been seen playing Deadpool in the X-men Origins series, Wolverine. It has also been rumored that Deadpool may be seeing a spinoff in the near future, which will star Reynolds. Also, Reynolds can be seen as the vampire hunter, Hannibal King, in Blade: Trinity.
This also won’t be Reynolds first dip in the DC Universe, as he was tapped a few years ago to play the Flash.
Directed by Martin Campbell with a screenplay by Greg Berlanti and Michael Green, the Green Lantern is tentatively scheduled to have a release date of June 17, 2011.