DC Update: Ryan Reynolds on 'Justice League' Plus J.J. Abrams Talks About His 'Superman Flyby' Treatment

DC Update: Ryan Reynolds on 'Justice League' Plus J.J. Abrams Talks About His 'Superman Flyby' Treatment

Mar 22, 2013

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Warner Bros. and DC Comics have been struggling to get a Justice League movie up and running for years now (literally), facing one series of setbacks after another while Marvel crushes them at the box office. So, it shouldn’t be particularly surprising to hear one more bit of potentially bad news tied to this film, right?

Actor Ryan Reynolds, who played the title character in Green Lantern, says he’s not particularly interested in reprising the role should a Justice League movie actually happen. Here’s what he had to say to Empire:

“I don't know, if you're going to do comic book movies in that vein you really have to get them right. Joss Whedon is a guy that just nails it, Christopher Nolan as well. If they were going to do it like that, yeah it would be interesting to do. Working on Green Lantern I saw how difficult it is to make that concept palatable, and how sort of confused it can all be when you don't really know where you're going with it or you don't really know how to access that world that comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with. So at this point I have very little interest in joining that, as always a very good script and great director could turn that around."

Sounds to us like Reynolds is hedging his bets here. “Oh, I’m not really interested in doing it – unless you guys go get Nolan to make it, then I’m probably all in…” Maybe this is a ploy to ensure a bigger payday or maybe Reynolds really doesn’t want to return to the character. After all, the film was drubbed by critics and barely recouped its $200 million budget after global ticket sales were factored in.

The real question is, after that disappointment, do Warner Bros. and the fans want Reynolds to come back at all? [via Comic Book Movie]


J.J. Abrams Shares His Vision of Superman

JJ AbramsIn other DC-related news, earlier this year a treatment leaked for J.J. Abrams’ Superman reboot, tentatively titled Superman Flyby. The updated origin story dealt with a Kryptonian civil war, Kal-El’s exile, and how the Kents would have had to deal with a super-powered baby who could kill them instantly. The filmmaker recently sat down with Empire to discuss his vision for the film.

The thing that I tried to emphasise in the story was that if the Kents found this boy Kal-El who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order. And the idea that these parents would see – if they were lucky to survive long enough – that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful.

“The result of that, psychologically, would be fear of oneself, self-doubt and being ashamed of what you were capable of. Extrapolating that to adulthood became a fascinating psychological profile of someone who was not pretending to be Clark Kent, but who was Clark Kent. Who had become that kind of a character who is not able or willing to accept who he was and what his destiny was.

“The idea in the movie was that he became Superman because he realized he had to finally own his strength and what he’d always been. I don’t know if that’s what Zack and Chris [Nolan] are doing, but it looks like that’s part of the idea and I could not be more thrilled to see that movie. That to me was always the way to go.”

Abrams' version sounds pretty different, and we’d have been interested in watching it, but don’t feel too bad for J.J. – he rebounded pretty nicely with that whole Star Wars thing, right?

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