This was a big week for comics geeks, as Entertainment Weekly snagged the first pix of Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern from the upcoming film that’s shooting as we speak (or as you read). Apparently Reynolds was injured on the set earlier this week and banged up his shoulder quite nicely, so production might be stalled.
In the past I’ve been critical of casting choices, but Reynolds is pitch perfect. He’s a decent actor, has already done a comics-based action film (Wolverine‚ okay, it sucked but he was fine), and is built like a brick shithouse. No rubber muscles for this guy! If the director knows what he’s doing and there’s a decent script, this could be good. As you can see from the EW cover, the costume designers took some liberties, but it’s still pretty faithful to the comics. It looks pretty cool, so keep your fingers crossed on this one. And feel better, Ryan. Get Scarlett to kiss your booboo.
Thor on the other hand‚ woof. Comments in the geekospehere on this studio pic of Thor, Odin, and Loki has ranged from the costumes having a real Jack Kirby vibe to Anthony Hopkins looking like he’s peeing (kinda does, doesn’t it). I’m liking the Kirby thing and the film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh, but I’m still having a hard time getting excited over it. For one, I’m wary of Hopkins. The guy can be great, but he can be hammy too. As awful as the recent Wolf Man remake was (one of the worst stinkers in years), his performance made it worse.
Chris Hemsworth, who plays the title role, doesn’t have a lot of acting chops. What make Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the recent Batman films work is that they have solid, seasoned actors as the heroes and villains. I’ve never heard of Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loke, either. Sometimes this works. When it was first announced a century ago that a tall, gangly, Aussie song-and-dance man was tapped to play Wolverine there was nothing but doubt and disgust, which disappeared in a flash of claws when Hugh Jackman knocked it out of the park in X-Men. Hopefully, that lightning also will strike Thor. You never know.
[Completely, unlrelated, but The Catcher in the Rye was published on this day on 1951. Go, Holden, you nut!]