Ryan Reynolds admits he never watched the final cut of his 2011 vehicle, Green Lantern. Years before the actor got his passion project, Deadpool, off the ground and launched a highly successful franchise in the X-Men film universe, Reynolds attempted to lead a series for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment when he played Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern movie. Unfortunately, the film was an unmitigated critical and commercial disaster, earning just $219.8 million worldwide against a $200 million production budget. Any chance for sequels went out the window, and WB decided to launch the DC Extended Universe with Zack Snyder's Man of Steel instead.
As Reynolds' beloved version of Wade Wilson looks to lead a cinematic X-Force, the future for Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. is far more uncertain. A Green Lantern reboot was announced as part of the DCEU way back in 2014 (with a planned release date of 2020), but development on that film is very slow-moving. There is still no director officially attached, and with all the DC films coming through the pipeline, it's difficult to say if Green Lantern Corps. will meet that July 2020 premiere. If things couldn't get worse for Hal Jordan, his own actor hasn't even watched his only movie.
“I’ve got to be really careful how I answer this. Look, I’ve never seen the full final version of Green Lantern. I saw a very late stage rough cut of the film. Now, that isn’t to say that I didn’t want to see it because I didn’t like it. I have movies that have been received pretty well that I haven’t seen, and then I have movies that I have seen 100 times that people don’t like but I just like. The Green Lantern [joke in Deadpool] to me is just sort of, I don’t know, kind of fun. It’s me just taking the piss out of me, but it’s more Wade [Wilson] though.”
As Reynolds indicates, him skipping the full Green Lantern isn't anything out of the ordinary for him (and there are others who haven't watched their movies, too). This development is curious, however, since Reynolds was on the red carpet for Green Lantern's premiere in Los Angeles. Apparently, he had another obligation that day that prevented him from attending the screening of the film. Reynolds doesn't go into too great of detail about why he never saw Green Lantern, but perhaps one day he'll put an end to the mystery. In the meantime, he certainly became aware of the reception to Green Lantern, as evidenced by the animated super suit gag in Deadpool.
If Reynolds never saw Green Lantern at any point over these past seven years, odds are he won't be looking to sit down with it in the near future. There honestly isn't any need for him too, seeing that he found a reliable cash cow in Deadpool and can let his time as Hal Jordan comfortably rest in the past. Hopefully when the Corps. get their next shot at a tentpole, it goes over much better.