According to rumors, actor Denzel Washington is being considered for the role of Green Lantern in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. If he comes on board, he would replace Ryan Reynolds, who appeared on screen as the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern in 2011.
The Reynolds-fronted film was panned by critics and despite bringing in more than $200 million at the box office, it was considered a failure. It certainly makes sense that the studio would want to separate itself from that movie, and the addition of Washington would confirm their intention to bring in top acting talent.
Washington would more than likely portray the hero as John Stewart, an architect and former marine who is selected by the Guardians as a back-up for Jordan in the comic book series. Stewart was often involved in Justice League missions when Jordan wasn't available, and he eventually took on the Green Lantern responsibilities full time when Jordan left his post.
This isn't the first time Washington has been linked to the movie. He was earlier rumored to be up for the role of villain Lex Luthor. But according to new reports, Joaquin Phoenix is currently in the lead for that role. The popular choice is Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, but Warner Bros. is reportedly interested in pursuing a younger Lex.
It's all conjecture for now, of course. WB hasn't even confirmed that Lex Luthor will be the main antagonist in the sequel. The only confirmed actors are Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne will also return as Martha Kent and Perry White.
Batman vs. Superman will premiere July 17, 2015.
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