EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Reynolds Says ‘Green Lantern’ Won’t Be A ‘Labored Origin Story’

Last week, we explained why “Deadpool” and “Green Lantern” actor Ryan Reynolds is one of the actors we’re thankful for this year around MTV HQ. In fact, he’s the actor we’re most thankful for this year — and not just because he shared more details with us about the pair of upcoming, much-anticipated comic book movies he’s starring in soon. (Though that was certainly an added bonus!)

After offering up some thoughts about Green Lantern’s costume, Reynolds told MTV News that the scenes in which Hal Jordan isn’t in costume will likely be the most memorable from the film — much like Robert Downey Jr.’s time spent out of Tony Stark’s armor in “Iron Man.”

“I think you walk away from this first film, and the moments that you remember and the moments that mean so much to you, not unlike ’Iron Man,’ are the moments where the guy’s not in the suit,” said Reynolds.

However, Reynolds acknowledged that developing those moments amid the cosmic action central to “Green Lantern” is a daunting task — after all, a test pilot who receives a super-powered ring from a dying alien is likely to demand a much different tone than a billionaire industrialist building his own battle armor.

“That to me is the tough thing to get right,” he explained. “And that’s something that they did get right [in ’Iron Man’]. You see why this guy’s in the suit, and that’s what’s interesting to me. Not that he is in the suit, but why.”

With “Green Lantern” scheduled to begin shooting next year (possibly in New Orleans), Reynolds shied away from calling the film’s plot an origin story, despite the need to introduce Hal Jordan to mainstream movie audiences.

“It is [an origin story] to a certain degree, but it’s not a labored origin story, where the movie [truly] begins in the third act,” he explained. “The movie starts when it starts. We find out Hal is the guy fairly early on, and the adventure begins.”

Keep it locked to Splash Page this week for more updates from Reynolds about the “Green Lantern” and Deadpool” movies. Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!