Rumor of the Day: Cruise, Reynolds and more up for Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps

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Jan 20, 2017

The DC Films universe already has a Batman, a Superman, a Wonder Woman, a Flash, an Aquaman and even a Cyborg. One key piece of the Justice League assemblage is still missing, though: Green Lantern.

Though the cosmic hero won't be appearing in this year's Justice League, multiple Lanterns will come together for a Green Lantern Corps film, including Hal Jordan, the best-known Green Lantern of Earth. Since that film is still inching toward production, we don't yet know who'll play the role ... but now we may know who DC is putting at the top of the list.

The Wrap reports that, while no official talks have taken place, the studio has narrowed things down to a six-actor shortlist for the Hal Jordan role: Tom Cruise, Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Joel McHale.

Of these, McHale might seem like the most surprising choice, since he doesn't have a lot of franchise experience. The real surprise, though, is Reynolds, who already played Hal Jordan in the bomb that was Green Lantern (2011). From a distance it seems like he wouldn't want to touch a DC Comics film again, but Deadpool boosted his superhero stock in a big way and Warner Bros. might be hoping to strike while the iron is hot. 

Then we have the other four. Cruise has been considered for superhero flicks for years, but he's already juggling more than one franchise. Cooper auditioned for the role back when Reynolds got it, though he's in Marvel's court right now with his voice gig as Rocket Raccoon. Hammer was chosen to play Batman for George Miller's Justice League flick, and the closest he's come to a superhero since has been The Lone Ranger. Gyllenhaal's been on top of a lot of fan lists, and he's a superhero fan, but he hasn't done anything like this since Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010).

At this point, it's hard to say if anyone on the list is really more likely than anyone else. I can think of reasons why all of them could say no, and it's still very early in the process. That doesn't mean we can't fan-cast, though, so let us know which Lantern you'd pick in the comments.