Jack Black The ‘Green Lantern’?
Comic book adaptations often weave a circuitous and amusing path toward the big screen. Remember when Cher was rumored to be up for the role of Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises”? But few superhero flicks can compete with the epically bizarre twists and turns that tripped up “Green Lantern” for years.
Jack Black was once tapped to play the ring-bearing protector of the universe. When the rotund comedian’s version collapsed, everyone from Brian Austin Green to Justin Timberlake were rumored to be circling the green-suited superhero. Can you imagine Quentin Tarantino helming a “Green Lantern” flick starring one of these dudes? Well, the “Inglourious Basterds” director turned down the chance to take control of the project. And now, here we are. “Green Lantern” opened in theaters with Ryan Reynolds as test pilot-turned-superhero Hal Jordan, Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) in the director’s chair, and the film, we’d say, is all the better for it.