Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld Wants Ryan Reynolds To Play Green Lantern Again

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It's no secret that superhero movies are everywhere. The comic book genre has become the most profitable in the entertainment world, with generations of fans eager to jump back into theaters for more action, adventure, and laughs. Given the myriad shared universes currently in play, certain actors have played multiple comic book roles, including Peter Dinklage, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Reynolds.

While Ryan Reynolds is best known for playing the foul mouthed title character of the Deadpool franchise, he was briefly on the DC side of things with 2011's Green Lantern. It's a project that hasn't aged well, and has been the butt of plenty of jokes, including the wild mid-credits scene of Deadpool 2. But Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is hoping Reynolds could take the ring back up, recently saying:

I swear to you, I would love to see Ryan return as Green Lantern. I think it would receive positive reactions. The end credits to Deadpool 2 notwithstanding. Could be massive, just saying.

Despite Deadpool being one of the most popular comic book characters in the business right now, it looks like Rob Liefeld is still holding out hope for Ryan Reynolds to jump back over to DC. And considering how absent the Lanterns have been in the DC Universe thus far, he's got a point.

Rob Liefeld recently shard his Green Lantern hopes for Ryan Reynolds over on Twitter. Liefeld is very generous with his time on the social media outlet, communicating directly with fans of Wade Wilson. He also weighs in on all things comic books, considering his tenure crating characters like Deadpool and Cable. And a possible Green Lantern movie with Ryan Reynolds reprising Hal Jordan is something Liefeld would like to see sometime in the future.

It took a while for Ryan Reynolds to find his superhero niche, after being involved in projects like Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Ryan Reynolds has been vocal about his disappointment in both roles, and brutally murdered them in Deadpool 2. Still, there are some DC fans who want to see what he could do with DC's Hal Jordan in the current DC Universe.

The DCEU hasn't used the Green Lanterns at all thus far, save for a brief cameo in Justice League's flashback sequence. The Green Lantern Corps. movie is one of the many DC projects that have been announced, with the blockbuster currently set for a 2020 release. This means that Warner Bros. will have to get moving on the still developing project, while balancing the upcoming releases of Shazam!, Joker, and Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

If all goes as planned, Green Lantern Corps. will arrive in theaters on July 24th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.