Superhero Hype was looking at a Vogue article in which actress Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) talked about her career as a young starlet and Hollywood hot-girl - including her current role playing Carol Ferris, the love interest of hero Hal Jordan in DCE/WB's upcoming adaptation of Green Lantern.
Amidst the usual chatter, there was one interesting quote that Superhero Hype zeroed in on: Some of what Lively had to say has fanboys wondering if we won't see the actress appearing as the super powered Star Sapphire in the Green Lantern movie.
If you don't know your comic book lore, in the Green Lantern books Lively's character, Carol Ferris, is the spunky (and attractive) head of Ferris Air, the aviation company her father owns and where Hal Jordan (a.k.a. Green Lantern) works as a test pilot. At first Hal and Carol have the usual hero/damsel love thang going - but soon after Hal dons his emerald ring and becomes a hero, Carol is bonded with an alien stone from outer space, which empowers her with the violet light of love. Reborn as Star Sapphire, needless to say Hal and Carol's romance gets a little bit more complicated.
I wrote about the possibility of Star Sapphire appearing in the Green Lantern movie awhile back, but I don't think any of ever really considered it a possibility that Sapphire would appear in this first film, which is ostensibly an origin story about Hal Jordan becomes Green Lantern.
However, here's what Lively had to say during her Vogue interview:
Our director likes it real—the fights close and dirty...I'm 40 feet in the air, spiraling around. That's the best workout you can ever do because it's all core...You do that for ten minutes and you should see your body the next day! It's so exhilarating, so thrilling—and nauseating,"
The interviewer (Hamish Bowles) also notes that Lively is describing stunts being performed in the same aerial rig used for the Matrix movies (remember that final Superman-inspired battle between Neo and Agent Smith?).
There's only two real ways to read into a quote like that, when you think about it: either Lively's character, Carol Ferris, is involved in some free-falling damsel in distress sequence, or the girl is up there flying around, trading light beams with the big boys.
The question is: which scenario is more likely?
For this first film? I'm going to have to go with the damsel in distress angle. We already know that [Spoiler Alert!!!] actor Mark Strong's (Kick-Ass) character, Sinestro, won't be revealed as a fascist Machiavellian villain until either the end of Green Lantern or the start of Green Lantern 2, so it's hard to imagine that the Carol Ferris-turning-Star-Sapphire story would be introduced so early.
Also if you remember the casting call sheet for Green Lantern, the description of Carol Ferris doesn't really suggest a Star Sapphire appearance:
26-32, a smart and attractive woman with an MBA. She started as a pilot and now runs Ferris Aircraft. She is a work-a-holic…FEMALE LEAD
On the other hand, there are some valid reasons why the Star Sapphire transformation would take place in the first Green Lantern film. We know that the movie's villain, Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), will likely get his psychic powers from an alien rock (as per his comic book "secret" origin), so it's not far-fetched that Carol Ferris could be affected in the same way. We also know that Green Lantern is already being conceived as a cinematic trilogy (at the very least), so it all depends where that trilogy hopes to venture in terms of story.
If we're talking sequels dealing with the "Sinestro Corps War" or "War of Light" storylines seen in recent years of the Green Lantern comics, then Star Sapphire would certainly need to be introduced into the movie continuity sooner before later.
As they say in court: "There is both motive and opportunity here..."
What do you guys think: will Star Sapphire appear in Green Lantern? Or does the sort of scene Lively is describing sound more like some damsel in distress aerial stunt work?
Green Lantern will be in theaters on June 17, 2011.
Source: Vogue via Superhero Hype