Why Tom Cruise as GREEN LANTERN Makes Sense

It's time to prepare for DC's Green Lantern movie to star Tom Cruise as Hal Jordan. Fans may still have a hard time believing Warner Bros. is moving forward with ANY movie adaptation of Green Lantern, let alone the proposed Green Lantern Corps ensemble. At a time when the future of the DCEU is uncertain, trying a second swing at the superhero Ryan Reynolds still takes shots at sounds like folly. But then, the new leadership of DC Films isn't going to win over fans by sticking to safe bets. Not that a star of Cruise's stature is a "risk" at this point.

There's more evidence than that tying Tom Cruise to the role of Hal Jordan. In fact, the new reports of WB looking to the current Mission: Impossible director for a Green Lantern movie may reveal more than most fans realize.

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When you connect the dots, this potential star and director seem to make perfect sense for DC Films - and Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Not just on the set of such a big sci-fi blockbuster... but behind the scenes, giving it the best chance at giving DC another winner. Whether or not the rumors prove true, it's a sign that the initial word of Tom Cruise being sought was more than just Hollywood gossip.

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When the first reports surfaced of the studio's top picks for Green Lantern, it was obvious they would make waves no matter the choice. With Tom Cruise on the Green Lantern shortlist, and apparently joined by Ryan Reynolds reprising his role, the idea of casting a young up and comer or lesser known actor went out the window. The return of Reynolds made sense to hope for, but with his schedule filling up with Deadpool sequels (and his bad experience the first time around) he was a long shot. Cruise, on the other hand, suggested that Warner Bros. hoped to hedge their bets with a risky property by casting one of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Now comes the report that - separately, it seems - the studio had an interest in Christopher McQuarrie to direct Green Lantern Corps. Given McQuarrie and Cruise's working relationship, seeing their names raised for the same project from separate reports isn't a surprise. Cruise was a major proponent of bringing McQuarrie on to helm Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (in his capacity as producer as well as star). And after Valkyrie, Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow, Rogue Nation, The Mummy, and the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Fallout, McQuarrie is clearly one of Cruise's preferred collaborators.

Keep in mind, The Wrap's shortlist which namedropped Tom Cruise for Green Lantern Corps came from early last year, and our own sources on McQuarrie indicate he's not currently involved or in talks. This does help sketch out a possible timeline on the dealings behind Green Lantern Corps and are signs that development is, in some way, still moving forward. So can more be read into Cruise becoming WB's top pick for Green Lantern, development going nowhere for months, and McQuarrie at some point being courted to direct?

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Key Release Dates
  • Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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