Two big comic book movies I'm very much looking forward to are Green Lantern and Deadpool and it's not because of my man-crush on Ryan Reynolds. Well, that's part of the reason, but these movies will both be pushing the popular and fast-growing genre in new directions and both are attempting to bring an unknown character to mainstream audiences.
Deadpool has a slight advantage, having been introduced and extending off the successful X-Men franchise with his mishandled appearance in this summer's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While the character was completely misused, it was a blessing in disguise as it allowed Ryan Reynolds to showcase Deadpool's alter ego Wade Wilson which earned him fan support and the greenlight for his own solo spinoff movie.
Green Lantern on the other hand, doesn't have that advantage of a pre-introduction. However, it does have the full backing of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. and a $150 million budget - It also includes Ryan Reynolds as the star if you didn't get that already.
Ryan Reynolds is now a solidified A-list star with the weight of two in-development blockbuster films from both major comic book publishers on his shoulders, set to help kickstart new franchises. In the case of DC, he's to help launch an integrated shared universe of superhero films similar to what Marvel Studios has already begun with their Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Avengers properties and more.
Needless to say, it's a fantastic time for comic book fans and moviegoers alike as "geek" is the new cool and we're seeing it daily in the media, growing through movies, television and video games.
This year, the actor that MTV is most thankful for is Ryan Reynolds. While it's a bit of a strange honor, I can't disagree. In all serious, Reynolds has always been a fave of mine and this year he hit it big this year with The Proposal, Adventureland and of course a long-awaited chance to see him play Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. On top of all of that, he is starring in another indie titled Buried which will test his acting prowess with the movie featuring only him in a coffin for its full run length. And last but not least, he of course signed on to the two massive franchises we're talking about here today.
MTV got the chance to tell Reynolds this in person and interview him about the year he's had. In the interview, they of course touched on the subjects we're interested in and we've pulled those parts to share with you. To start, MTV applauded the Canadian actor for going after what he wants to do and making it a reality.
"It's incredibly validating and gratifying when you can see that you can manifest something that you desperately want or a goal that you have. This is a difficult industry to get anything made, let alone a passion project, so when you see people understand what your vision is and come aligned with that common goal, it's pretty cool. I'm including all the creative types that are actually involved with "Deadpool" and "Green Lantern," because those guys want to make an authentic movie, and that's something a few years ago studios disregarded. "
What moment stands out this year?
"I think, seeing the prototypes for the Green Lantern costumes was a huge moment. It was a moment when I was like, "This is happening, and it's happening in the right way." That's a pretty cool, definitive moment for me. "
That's something many of us wish we were there for.