It’s official: Variety is reporting that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern movie. It’s slated to be directed by Martin Campbell (who directed the most recent “Casino Royale”) written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Michael Green, all of whom have experience writing for both film and comics. Some sites still report the original December 2010 release date, but it has been postponed to a July 2011 release.
The formal prologue, set before the Free Comic Book Day “Blackest Night #0” issue, details the creation of the first Black Lantern. In many ways, this is not what I expected, and that’s definitely a good thing. The main event kicks off next week with “Blackest Night #1.”
The latest chapter leading into Blackest Night wrapped up this week. Next issue is the official prologue issue, detailing some of the Black Hand’s role in all of this.
The major players on all sides of the Blackest Night event spawn directly from the pages of Green Lantern. What follows is the “in a nutshell” version of the history of Green Lantern’s corner of the D.C. Universe, culled from issues from Hal Jordan’s first appearance in Showcase #22 through Crisis on Infinite Earths, the weekly run of Action Comics Weekly, the 1990 relaunch of Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner’s emergence as a Green Lantern, and more, with particular emphasis on the issues published since Geoff Johns took over writing chores with Green Lantern: Rebirth. This should get you adequately prepared for the forthcoming Blackest Night. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything important.
There was some buzz when I posted the trailer for First Flight, but it turns out that’s not the only GL news this week. WB and DC have given the go-ahead to film Green Lantern, and it’s being filmed in Sydney.
Not a lot of details, but Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) will direct with a $150 million budget.