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Henry CavillThere's an old idiom that goes, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." When it comes to the comic book genre, the saying could go, "Always a sidekick, never a superhero." But in the case of actor Henry Cavill, even that adage doesn't quite fit.

Cavill has achieved a large following for his role as Sir Charles Brandon on "The Tudors," but he's missed several opportunities to increase that fan base even more. There are reports that the young actor narrowly lost the role of Batman to Christian Bale some years ago. He was later attached to play Superman for director McG, but that project never flew, even if he did get to wear the costume.

To add insult to injury, Cavill was apparently a lead contender for the role of Hal Jordan in "Green Lantern" before losing the part to Ryan Reynolds. That's three misses with DC Comics, for those of you keeping score. If things continue in this tradition, Cavill's tights-wearing habits could remain in period pieces. Read More...

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Ryan ReynoldsNow that Ryan Reynolds has been tagged to play both Green Lantern and Deadpool in upcoming films, there's no small amount of buzz regarding how the DC hero's big-screen debut could affect the Marvel mercenary's solo spin-off film. With both films currently scheduled for release in 2011, will doubling up mean that one film will suffer at the expense of the other, or could competition between the two projects benefit fans of both characters?

We aren't likely to receive answers to these questions anytime soon, but there does seem to be cause for concern -- or joy, depending on how you look at it -- for fans of DC's Emerald Knight and Marvel's Merc With A Mouth. Read More...

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Ryan ReynoldsIt appears that Ryan Reynolds has landed the lead role in the live-action "Green Lantern" movie. After a flurry of rumors, speculation and announcements over the last 24 hours regarding who would star in the film, the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" actor was named as the star of the Martin Campbell-directed film this evening.

Earlier this morning, it was announced that Reynolds was one of three official contenders for the role alongside "The Hangover" star Bradley Cooper and musician/actor Justin Timberlake. According to Variety, "the momentum built for Reynolds in the last week, as he was the only actor whose option was extended." Read More...

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Green LanternAfter today's announcement regarding the three actors contending for the lead role in the "Green Lantern" movie, there's been no small amount of chatter around the InterWebs about who should play Hal Jordan in the character's big-screen debut.

Is "The Hangover" star Bradley Cooper best suited to play DC's cocky pilot-turned-superhero, or is "Deadpool" actor Ryan Reynolds more the cosmic policeman type? And what about pop star and budding actor Justin Timberlake? Here's your chance to tell the world who you think should bring Hal Jordan to the screen. Read More...

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Green LanternIf you immediately cried foul on the Justin Timberlake as Green Lantern rumor, you might want to bite your tongue. As it turns out, the pop sensation's chances of playing Hal Jordan are very real, though he'll have to fend off two other serious contenders on his way towards the power ring.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, three frontrunners have emerged in the race to star in "Green Lantern" for Warner Bros. Two of those names are familiar -- Bradley Cooper and Justin Timberlake -- but the other is new to the mix. No stranger to comic book fare, none other than Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds is also a contender for the role. Read More...

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Justin timberlakeThere has been no shortage of contenders for the highly coveted role of Hal Jordan in "Green Lantern," from the likes of Sam Worthington and Chris Pine to Brian Austin Green and... Justin Timberlake?

Wait, what?!

Courtesy of Ain't It Cool News comes the wildest "Green Lantern" rumor to date -- and we are stressing the word rumor, here. Webmaster Harry Knowles writes that pop star and budding actor Timberlake has suited up to screen test for the DC Comics superhero lead. Read More...

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Green Lantern and SupermanWhen I spoke to "Green Lantern" movie co-writer Marc Guggenheim last month about his Oni Press comic book series "Resurrection" (as well as the "Green Lantern" movie, of course), I somehow managed to leave out a small chunk of the conversation that could be of interest to fans of Hal Jordan -- and a certain "Man of Steel," too.

While Guggenheim couldn't get into specifics regarding plot points of the live-action "Green Lantern" movie, I did ask him about his comments late last year regarding a potential cameo from Superman (or rather, Clark Kent). Was a crossover still on the table for DC's Green Lantern of Sector 2814? Read More...

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Green Lantern First Flight"Wonder Woman" producer Bruce Timm and director Lauren Montgomery had very little time between that film and their work on "Green Lantern: First Flight," but luckily they had a sturdy crutch to lean on -- Jose Lopez.

Lopez is responsible for a large portion of the designs in "First Flight," Timm told reporters, and his work on the project was the exact fresh take Timm wanted in order to distinguish the film from his "Justice League" animated series. Read More...

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Green LanternWriter Marc Guggenheim is hard at work managing a monthly comic book series and screenplay based on "Resurrection," his story about life on Earth after an alien invasion, but when I spoke to him about both projects last week, I had to ask him about another film he's working on, too -- one that also involves aliens and humans, and has its roots in the comic book world.

Along with "Resurrection," Guggenheim is co-writing the screenplay for the live-action "Green Lantern" movie based on the DC hero who uses a powerful ring to guard the Earth and surrounding areas of the universe against danger. He and fellow writers Michael Green and Greg Berlanti delivered yet another draft of the screenplay last week, and while he couldn't share many details about the film's plot, he did share some thoughts about the scripting process, the multitude of casting rumors and -- possibly most intriguing -- a new Green Lantern they created for the movie. Read More...

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Green LanternOver the past few weeks, we've been getting plenty of superhero casting scoops on the Marvel front (we're looking at you, Thor and Loki), but the DC Comics side of the aisle has been fairly blank, specifically regarding one of our most hotly-awaited films, "Green Lantern."

Sure, there are a whole slew of contenders for the coveted role of Hal Jordan, but not a one of them has been named officially as of yet -- and that's because no one has been selected yet, said screenwriter Marc Guggenheim. Read More...

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