From space cop to a 'hero with balls'
DC COMICS superhero Green Lantern will be in the new Justice League films, movie studio Warner Bros confirmed last week. And there will even be a Green Lantern Corps movie slated for 2020.
So, what advice does Ryan Reynolds, the last actor to play the "space cop" Green Lantern in the critically panned 2011 movie of the same name, have for the next guy to fill the role?
"It's all about the script," said Reynolds, 39, during an interview last Thursday in Taipei where he was promoting his new comic book film, Deadpool.
"There were 150 hard-working men and women working on Green Lantern when I did it. None of them wanted to make a movie that didn't work.
"But, the studio system is such that they make movies based on a poster and an idea.
"What they need to do is to have a script and then say: 'How do we develop this script into a better script?' and then make a movie. Sometimes, they just go for a release date and say: 'Here's too much money, now go figure it out.'
"And that's not a great system to make a quality film."
Specifically, this is what Reynolds would tell the new Green Lantern actor: "You better hope there is a script there, for starters."
Even though Green Lantern is appearing in movies based on the Justice League - a group of superheroes which includes Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman - no actor has been tipped to play the character in 2017's Justice League: Part 1 movie.
While it is also not clear if Reynolds will actually reprise the role, he has another hero character to contend with in the meantime.
The Canadian actor is both the star and a producer of his new flick, Deadpool.
He has pursued to make the film based on the Marvel comic book anti-hero for 11 years.
Reynolds was first introduced to the character with a dark, twisted sense of humour in 2005 and was instantly drawn to it.
He went on to play Deadpool in the 2009 superhero flick X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
"Deadpool had a script six years ago that largely stayed the same. The architecture of the script is the same, the jokes we change every day (but) the story points are pretty much all the same," said Reynolds.
The Deadpool movie tells the story of former Special Forces operative-turned-mercenary Wade Wilson (Reynolds) who gains accelerated healing powers and new abilities after undergoing a rogue experiment. But he ends up with a disfigured face and body.
He then adopts the alter ego Deadpool and hunts down the man responsible for destroying his life to exact revenge.
It also stars Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller and Gina Carano.
"There are too many superheroes around that are goody two shoes and all about saving the world," Reynolds said matter-of-factly.
"With Deadpool, I can say whatever I want and play a character that's morally flexible. It would be nice to see a hero with balls out there."
The movie is rated R (those under 17 require an accompanying parent or adult guardian) in the United States. It has been banned by China's censors due to violence, nudity and graphic language.
It has not received a rating in Singapore yet.
When asked how his wife, US actress Blake Lively, would feel if he was disfigured in real life, a candid Reynolds said: "You mean, if I showed up at home with my face looking like a testicle with teeth, will she still love me?"
He added with a laugh: "Marriage is a contract, she has no choice. I am confident she will still love me."
On being able to curse and swear on the set at any time of the day, he said: "Yeah, that's great but I can't swear too much at home though, I have a one-year-old baby at home."
Last Thursday evening, Reynolds walked the red carpet for Deadpool's premiere at Vie Show Cinemas in Taipei, which attracted more than 1,000 fans who welcomed him with screams and cheers.
The affable heart-throb returned the affection by taking time to sign autographs and take wefies with the crowd.
In Asia to promote his new film, Reynolds said he would love to collaborate with stars like Tony Jaa, Chow Yun Fat and Jet Li, if he has the chance.
He said: "I grew up watching Jet Li and wanted to emulate his moves. It would be great to work with him."
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, THE NEW PAPER
Deadpool opens in Singapore on Feb 11.