Who will play Hal Jordan?

Speculation continues to rage across forums and social media as to which Hollywood star will play Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie. It is slated for 2020 and focuses on the Green Lanterns of Earth – Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner – as they battle the Sinestro Corps and their yellow power rings. The Jordan role will be central to the story and several leading lights are in the running to land this exciting part. Here are the top contenders:

Tom Cruise

The big rumor this month is that studio execs are trying to convince Oscar-winning filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie to direct this movie. The last Green Lantern film did not the commercial success they hoped for, so they are taking no chances with the reboot and they are hell-bent on securing the best talent available. McQuarrie fits the bill, as he has made a success of various Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher blockbusters. If the studio bosses convince him to sign on the dotted line it could provide an added and most welcome bonus: Tom Cruise. The superstar action man has worked with McQuarrie on a range of films, including Valkyrie as well as Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher instalments, so they clearly respect one another and enjoy working together. Cruise has played all manner of high-profile roles over the years, but he has never been a superhero, and Green Lantern Corps could allow him to scratch that itch.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal’s star continues to rise as he stars in big-money blockbusters and quirky, critically acclaimed movies. When high-profile roles like Hal Jordan or Batman are up for grabs, his name is typically near the top of the list with bookmakers, so you will see it if you check for odds on favorites. Several sources with inside information on the movie say Gyllenhaal is on the shortlist of candidates, and he certainly has the star quality and acting skills to pull if off with aplomb.

Ryan Reynolds

Could Reynolds be tempted back to reprise the role of Jordan that he played in 2011? Stranger things have happened. He was burned by the failure of the 2011 movie and he has since gone on to enjoy greater acclaim in the Deadpool franchise, but he could be intrigued by the possibility of making a strong Green Lantern movie as a cathartic exercise. He said recently: “Deadpool always knew what it was. With Green Lantern, I don’t think anyone ever figured out exactly what it was. That isn’t to say the hundreds of men and women didn’t work their fingers to the bone to make it as good as possible. It also fell victim to the process in Hollywood, which is like poster first, release date second, script last. At the time, it was a huge opportunity for me so I was excited to try and take part in it.” That is not exactly a promising indictment, but never say never.

Bradley Cooper

Cooper is a four-time Oscar nominee so he would bring a huge dose of credibility to the role, and he also has blockbuster pedigree. Aside from voicing Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, he has never starred in a superhero movie. He could be swayed by a cracking script and the chance to boost his profile further, as there is a chance that a new superhero universe will be spawned if Green Lantern Corps takes off, while Green Lantern could also cross over into Justice League. There are other leading candidates, including Armie Hammer and Joel McHale, but Cooper stands out as a bigger name.


Tom Cruise for Hal Jordan in the GLC movie? Chris McQuarrie directing?


Making the rounds in movie news this week is that Chris McQuarrie being courted to direct the “Green Lantern Corps” movie… and Tom Cruise might be on the short list (no pun intended) of actors targeted for playing an older, more experienced Hal Jordan to a younger, new recruit John Stewart.

Maybe 10, 15 years ago would be ideal, but wouldn’t he be a picture perfect Hal Jordan? And if he’s a little nutty… perfect. He can go full-Parallax.

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How Do Superheroes & Comic Books Change Our Society

Unfortunately, the society that people live in these days is not always as a positive element. People are constantly surrounded by negative information and violence that they see either on TV or online. It seems that the world is heading in a direction that is not beneficial at all for the future generations. Even cartoons are starting to feature inappropriate images for kids. However, there are still a few factors that could change society and make it a better place.

Superheroes and comic books are two elements that will always be present in the life of people. They have been around for years, and many people all over the world are grateful for that. Even though this might seem like a childish idea to some, superheroes might become the only savior for the following generations. More and more people should be aware of the importance of superheroes and comic books. Some of the advantages that they provide are listed below.

1. They Influence Children

Superheroes should be present in the life of kids ever since they are young. They can teach little children how to support others and develop good morals. Furthermore, kids who identify with superheroes from comic books are encouraged to find solutions and courage to deal with real-life situations. At the same time, superheroes teach kids an important lesson: being different is a good thing. This fact allows kids not to get lost in an imaginary world. Psychologists who did research about this topic informed us that superheroes are in fact like real people, once they take off their costumes. Therefore, they are more like a child-friendly version of a role model.

2. They Raise Awareness

Even though comic books are not taken seriously in some countries, a lot more people need to realize the positive impacts that they can have on our society. These days, comic books are seen as an entertainment factor. However, if you pay attention when reading a comic book, they will realize that they raise awareness on aspects of life that most people would consider irrelevant. They raise awareness of gender stereotyping, the dangers of using nuclear weapons or other natural disasters. Besides that, these days it is easy to make people aware of different aspects with the help of the internet. A YouTube banner creator informs your visitors about your channel. The whole design process is quick, simple to customize and free.

3. They Provide Innovative Education

Even though it was mentioned earlier that comic books and superheroes can have a great impact on the development of small kids, it is good to remember that they also provide innovative education. Not only kids can benefit from reading comic books. They provide real-life lessons for both teenagers and adults. Japan has already introduced comic books in their education system. That’s a normal aspect considering the great deal of motivation and self-help that one can find in such a book. Today’s society could benefit from the help of comic books. Adults and people of all ages could learn the importance of helping other people in need or trying to eliminate negative information from all media.

In conclusion, superheroes and comic books are not only entertainment sources for kids. They have a lot of benefits for our society and future generations.


The Return of Parallax? Bet on It


I’m not necessarily a betting man, but if I was… I would bet that one day, somehow some way, Hal Jordan will once again be Parallax. Wait, I don’t mean the space parasite or Living Incarnation of Fear kind (and certainly not the movie kind, either), I mean the Parallax that was actually driven to kill some Green Lanterns (not the Guardians, though… I don’t know why he keeps getting the rap for that… they clearly suicided right in front of him and it’s like two decades later and people still think that he did).

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Warriors Bar…and More?

Do you ever wonder if Guy’s Warrior’s bar (probably the Oa one) ever had a casino in it? If it did have one, what would it be like? Would it have slots? Traditional American card games? Would it include alien forms of gambling, or would Guy pretty much want it to be a recreation of what he remembers and probably loved on Earth? Would that even be something the Guardians would condone?

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Green Lantern Rebirth Part 2 Starring Jessica Cruz? Rumor Has It


There are plenty of things going around on the movie side of things as we inch closer and closer to the premiere of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Meanwhile, we’ve reached a point where DC Comics has ended the “DC You” movement and now prepares for the “Rebirth. What is it? No one outside of Dan Didio, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee truly knows but we’ll attempt to give you a decent look at what’s to come.

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How superhero movies have completely revolutionized the fortunes of Hollywood over the last 10 years

Generally credited as starting in 1920, when a swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks wowed audiences in The Mark of Zorro, the superhero movie has gone through many incarnations over the decades. Some fans see it as really having kicked off in 1941, with the first onscreen demonstration of truly superhuman powers in Adventures of Captain Marvel, but all agree that the recent wave, beginning with X-Men in 1999, has played a crucial role in reshaping the film industry. Now that there’s something exciting to look forward to every other month, it’s time to take a look at how that happened.

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