Just as we report that Martin Campbell’s production of Green Lantern is being pulled out of Australia by big daddy Warner Bros. due to the rising Aussie dollar, some more (and decidedly more interesting) news appears to be coming out of the production.
According to Harry Knowles at AICN, someone “working on the film” has tipped him off that Campbell is currently finalizing the cast around Ryan Reynolds, who will play Green Lantern. And at the top of the list is the film’s villain, Sinestro. And according to the scooper, Campbell has Jackie Earle Haley at the top of his list.
Also according to the AICN source (potential spoiler alert, assuming this is real): Superman “will be making a cameo, but that all depends upon how… other DC things go.”
Lets take these one at a time. First of all, Jackie Earle Haley is a potentially great choice for Sinestro. Why? Because the guy can play evil. We’re about to see that in the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. However, the look of Sinestro was originally based on British actor David Niven, who was more of a clean-cut, eloquent sort of chap who was cool, calm and devious. That doesn’t exactly sound like Haley, but then again, we don’t know the tone that Campbell and screenwriter Greg Berlanti are trying to strike with the character. This is very much a ‘wait and see’ casting choice, if it turns out to be true.
Secondly, the Superman rumor. We all know that DC and Warner Bros. are keeping a very close eye on the success that Marvel has had with crossing over characters from movie-to-movie. It is expected that they will try something similar soon in preparation for the eventual Justice League movie — or at the very least, to give fans something to look forward to while they rebuild their cinematic franchises. So it makes sense. Whether or not it’s true could be a different story altogether.
That’s the rub on all of this news. It could all be bupkis. So for now, we’re taking it with a soccer ball-sized grain of salt. But please, do discuss amongst yourselves the prospect of Haley as Sinestro and a Supes cameo in the comment section below.