Ryan Reynolds, the man best known as Pikachu in Detective Pikachu, has been the talk of Zack Snyder’s Justice League fandom for a while now. On May 23rd Spoilerverse heard that Reynolds was being courted to play Green Lantern in the Snyder cut. Exactly one month later Grace Randolph dropped on Social Media that those rumors were indeed true. While the fandom was in a frenzy and split into two camps, the great team over at The Cultured Nerd started digging to clarify exactly what it is Reynolds was being courted for.
As stated above, the Green Lantern rumors stem back to May 23rd, just three days after Zack Snyder announced his cut of Justice League would be released in 2021 on HBO Max. While our excitement at the Spoilerverse was split we began doing some digging ourselves and found no solid information to say this rumor was true.
On June 23rd Grace Randolph dropped the bomb on Social media that stated this.
Now that I’ve heard it from a second source it seems word is indeed getting out— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) June 23, 2020
and so I can confirm the #SnyderCut cameo I’ve been teasing is indeed Ryan Reynolds for #GreenLantern!!
I’m hearing WB is working on putting the deal together now to make it official!#DC #DCEU pic.twitter.com/CpaMSD99Im
Grace is a solid scooper. But something still didn’t feel right about this. Rumors have suggested for years that Zack had shot Green Lantern scenes back in 2016 while filming Justice League. Casting and adding in Ryan Reynolds now seems a little ridiculous at this point in production. Especially when more than 90%+ of the film is shot and being edited as we speak.
Could they do some VFX magic and make it work? Sure, but I really don’t think they would have shot other GL scenes with one actor only to replace them with Reynolds at this point.
However this plays out should be interesting.
Are friends over at The Cultured Nerd are reporting Reynolds was indeed approached by Warner Bros for an upcoming project. However, it is not of Green Lantern but rather Hawkman, Carter Hall, for the upcoming Black Adam film. When you start to think about it the timing makes sense. Black Adam’s production is mere weeks away from starting and final castings are absolutely in process. The article does state there have been some other names on the shortlist if Reynolds is unable or unwilling to take the role. The only GLARING issue here we see is that Vin Diesel.was approached. For those that aren’t aware, Diesel and Dwayne Johnson despise each other and it is very unlikely the two would work together in another film. That isn’t to say there were not early discussions on him. But it’s unlikely he would be one they would approach if Reynolds cannot take the role.
With all of that, since the TCN article dropped, social media and scoopers across the globe have all been in a frenzy. And just when you felt it was starting to die down a bit Ryan Reynolds, Pikachu himself, drops a bomb.
I’m not playing Hawkman in Black Adam. Although I generally do whatever the hell @TheRock tells me to do. I would however love to be in Zack Snyder’s Justice League movie and I’ve heard I may already be in it? #SnyderCut— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 4, 2020
One thing is for certain in this entire ordeal. Ryan Reynolds loves to screw with people. He has been hinting to Green Lantern since rumors first came out that he was returning to the role. He even got his friend Hugh Jackman in on the fun.
Reynolds is having a field day with this stuff. Posting this hilarious video calling it “the Secrete Reynolds Cut of GL”
Ryan is hitting Troll level 9,000 right now.
Here’s the secret Reynolds Cut of GL you all haven’t been waiting for. In order to make it as great as possible we made some judicious cuts. pic.twitter.com/B2tUelctr8— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 4, 2020
However this all plays out, we know that there is something going on behind the scenes. DC FanDome can’t get here soon enough!
Author: Robert Slavinsky
Robert is not only a Senior Editor for Spoilerverse.com but he also hosts both Bridging the Geekdoms and the Spoilerverse's premier Star Wars podcast, Shootin' the Sith. He is a passionate fan of movies, video games, comics and pretty much all things within the pop-culture world. He can be found on Twitter or over on his Bridging the Geekdoms YouTube channel where he talks about any rumors he is hearing as well as news that has dropped and more.