In 2011, DC made its first attempt at bringing the world of Green Lantern to life with a solo film starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. As most fans are already aware, the film was a disaster critically and any chances of a franchise future with Reynolds’ Hal Jordan at the helm were quickly extinguished. Reynolds then went on to revisit another one of his comic book characters on the big screen to great success in last year’s box office hit (and smash critical success), Deadpool. Fortunately, it looks like DC is going to be taking another shot at bringing that beloved comic book world to life too, with 2020’s Green Lantern Corps.
Just recently, DC confirmed once again that it would begin working on and developing the new film, which will follow both Hal Jordan and Jon Stewart in a film that’s described as “Lethal Weapon in space.” Predictably, it didn’t take long before actors began throwing their hat into ring for one of the respective roles either, and for fans to begin rallying behind some of them.
One of the names reportedly in contention to play Hal Jordan in the film is none other than Westworld star James Marsden too, who is not only a talented actor in his own right but also looks remarkably similar to Jordan in comic book form. Artist BossLogic threw his support behind the casting also recently by sharing a new piece of fan art he made, imagining Marsden in the role through this Twitter posting:
Quick piece on James Marsden as Hal, he basically is Green Lantern looks wise, and in my opinion a very underrated actor with great range pic.twitter.com/MfekXWZcS2— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) January 23, 2017
Interestingly enough, Marsden wasn’t in the initial round of names reportedly on DC’s shortlist for the role but was later added by a subsequent report. Other names rumored to be in contention for Jordan are Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal, and (perhaps the strangest name on this list) Ryan Reynolds, all of whom seem equally viable for the role; though, the possibility of Reynolds returning to play Hal Jordan does seem especially slim. Not only because he has been fairly transparent about his dislike of the 2011 film, but because he also happens to be the star of his own, mega-hit superhero franchise now.
Out of all of the names, Marsden is one of the most easily imaginable as the character, both from his looks and previous onscreen work. Similarly, he’s on a bit of a hot streak right now thanks to his role in HBO’s smash hit original series, Westworld, so if he was ever going to be nabbed to play an iconic superhero, now would be the most ideal time it would seem. He has the kind of star level as well that would let him bring a certain level of recognizability to the role, without overpowering or overshadowing whoever ends up playing Jon Stewart, like actors like Tom Cruise or even Jake Gyllenhaal might. All this artwork really does then, is reaffirm how well Marsden could, at the very least, pull off the Green Lantern look in a film, which is an important deciding factor in its own right.