For Ryan Reynolds, the most professionally satisfying moment of 2009 was the first time he saw the Green Lantern costume he’d be rocking for the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the classic DC Comics superhero.
“It was a moment when I was like, ’This is happening, and it’s happening in the right way,’ ” Reynolds told MTV News last fall. “That’s a pretty cool, definitive moment for me.”
Now the rest of us are getting a chance to see the costume that blew Reynolds’ mind. Entertainment Weekly has debuted a first look at the Green Lantern — and his test-pilot alter ego, Hal Jordan — who will be gracing multiplexes in the summer of 2011. The cover image shows Reynolds in familiar Lantern garb, complete with green mask, glowing green suit and iconic power ring, which can bring into existence nearly anything Hal can imagine.
“Will and imagination are his superpowers,” said Reynolds, who reportedly injured his shoulder on the “Green Lantern” set earlier this week. “We need a circus of Timothy Learys to think of things Hal would invent with his ring.”
Though experienced in the action movie realm, from “Blade: Trinity” to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Reynolds confessed that nothing could prepare him for the wire-work involved in the “Green Lantern” shoot, which required him to fly through the air at up to 60 feet per second to simulate the illusion of real flight.
“The first time you do it, you’re seriously considering an adult diaper,” Reynolds said.
Directed by Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) and co-starring Tim Robbins, Blake Lively, Mark Strong and Peter Sarsgaard, the movie is set to hit theaters on June 17, 2011. In MTV News’ earlier conversation with Reynolds, he heaped praise on Campbell’s vision for the film.
“When you have a guy like Martin Campbell, part of his charm is that he has ba–s of titanium, and the other part is that he’s slightly crazy, and you have to be to take on something with the scope of ’Green Lantern,’ ” he said. “I sat down with him, and I could not even believe what he was saying. When I went to the meeting, I was entirely cynical. I thought, ’What the hell, I’ll see what they have to say,’ and I left the room with a completely different perspective.”
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