After rumors made rounds online, DC Entertainment confirmed that they are willing to give The Green Lantern story a revisit in the form of another film. During the Warner Bros. San Diego Comic-Con in 2015, the panel confirmed that a reboot entitled Green Lantern Corps is in the works. Reportedly, a potential casting shortlist for Hal Jordan specifically, has been revealed too.
Green Lantern Corps: Can Tom Cruise Play Hal Jordan?
The Independent reports that the prime star for Hal Jordan is none other than Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise. However, other actors like Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Joel McHale are also being considered for the role.
Cooper was originally eyed to play Jordan in the 2011 film before Ryan Reynolds was chosen. He was reportedly close to landing the role, but after going through the process, he didn’t get the part. He later said on The Howard Stern show that he was relieved it didn’t work out. Meanwhile, Cooper is the one who lent his voice to Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise which was released in 2014.
Tom Cruise is now garnering attention with the announcement of him being the prime choice for the role. Interestingly, the 54-year-old star has seen “his career revitalized with some big roles” so Hal Jordan is definitely a fit for him. Screen Rant even notes how perfect the role would be for him if “the DCEU goes the Ben Affleck route of introducing a more seasoned Green Lantern.”
Even so, Cruise has never been part of a superhero film, so his inclusion would definitely attract more attention to the already “controversial” casting of the DCEU.
— Patrick Gleason (@patrick_gleason) January 21, 2017
Green Lantern Corps: Reboot to save 2011 flop film
Though the first Green Lantern film was admittedly a flop, it was where Reynolds met his now-wife, Blake Lively. Lively played Carol Ferris, Hal Jordan’s love interest. It did not take long before Reynolds and Lively went on a first date, and the rest is history.
Green Lantern Corps was originally slated for a June 19, 2020 release; but now it has been moved to July 24, 2020.
— DC (@DCComics) January 24, 2017