Live-Action 'Green Lantern' Delayed, Will Hit Theaters Same Day As 'Thor'

Green LanternHal Jordan better will a big green hammer into existence with that ring of his, because that's exactly what he's going to need if he plans to do battle with Marvel's God of Thunder.

Box Office Mojo reports that Warner Bros. is taking a cue from Marvel Studio's recently reshuffled release dates by moving the "Green Lantern" theatrical debut to June 17, 2011. Previously scheduled for a December 2010 release, the move puts the emerald-clad superhero in direct competition with "Thor," which opens on the same day.

It always seemed curious that "Green Lantern" was heading for a Christmas release date, as two other comic book films -- "Punisher: War Zone" and "The Spirit" -- recently underperformed in the holiday time-slot.

If nothing else, the move to release Martin Campbell's spacebound superhero flick as a summer tentpole reflects Warner's confidence in the property -- even though the studio has yet to cast the project. Given the date change, perhaps an announcement of Hal Jordan's casting -- be it Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine or someone else entirely -- isn't as close as we'd hoped.

"Thor" has already changed its release date once from July 16, 2010 to June 17, 2011. Moving the picture even further seems unlikely at this point -- the more obvious outcome is that the hammer-wielding warrior will compete head-to-head with "Green Lantern" in 2011.

As it stands, the summer of 2011 is shaping up to be quite the superhero spectacular. "The First Avenger: Captain America," directed by Joe Johnston, will debut just one month after the box office battle between "Green Lantern" and "Thor." Will moviegoers spend all of their hard-earned cash on the summer's comic book extravaganza, or will some of these movies be effected by overcrowding?

If push comes to shove, which movie will you see first: "Green Lantern" or "Thor"? Let us know in the comments field!