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July 10 2009

Why are Rainn Wilson and Nathan Fillion meeting with DC Comics? Curious parties wish to know. Let the speculation begin.

I didn't know that Rainn Wilson wanted to help make Serenity 2!
Sadly, it's not about the Green Lantern movie. It seems the shortlist of three has been made without him on it. Which sucks, because he'd be perfect for it.
Crapola. He would be pretty much perfect, yeah. Probably not a big enough name, though.

Here's hoping it isn't for voice-work, 'cause: been there, done that and not that exciting. A comic written by Fillion'd be a lot of fun though, so who knows?
I doubt the meeting is about the role of Green Lantern/Hal Jordan since as Andy Dufresne mentioned,The Hollywood Reporter last night broke news that the three finalist Warner Bros.,the director(Martin Campbell) and producer(Donald De Line) have narrowed down the role of Green Lantern/Hal for are Bradley Cooper,Justin Timberlake and Ryan Reynolds.

Maybe Rainn Wilson and Nathan Fillion were meeting with DC Comics about a different role in Green Lantern or a role in the next DC Universe Animated movie following Superman/Batman Public Enemies?
Rich Johnston adds to the speculation.

I don't think they would discuss anything related directly to movies with DC Comics. That would probably have to be a discussion with Warner Brothers. Of course I don't have any real knowledge about the way decisions regarding movies based on DC characters are made.
I agree with Michael that it's likely something comic book related rather than film. As DC Comics generally has little input to what Warner Brothers does with their movie properties. For quite some time there's been talk among movie and comic book fans about how DC Comics needs their own Avi Arad, who's been a producer or executive producer on most recent Marvel films and has tried to be a bridge between Marvel Comics and the movie studios.

However, I do think there's a closer relationship with Warner Brothers Animation and DC Comics. Especially since WBA is directly adapting specific comic book stories into animated films for DVD. But, I still think if that was what they were working on, they would be visiting Warner Brothers Animation not DC Comics.
GVH said:
"Here's hoping it isn't for voice-work, 'cause: been there, done that and not that exciting."

You've done voice work ? Or do you mean, not that exciting seeing Fillion or other Whedon actors doing voice work based on what we've seen in the past ?
Michael, I think Rich Johnston has it right since James Gunn did tweet last night "Productive day of teamwork with @rainnwilson."
Is that seriously the list of finalists, Buffyfanatic? Because... blech. Ryan Reynolds is the only one of those that doesn't seem totally wrong to me. I'd certainly take Nathan over any of them.

Although I did have some trouble thinking of someone who did seem right for Hal Jordan. Maybe Harrison Ford, twenty five years ago... But, really, I do think that David Boreanaz would indeed make a good live-action Hal.
Ryan Reynolds would be OK but he can't do it cos he's destined to make 'The Flash'. Pity but there it is, cast in iron, a brick of truth made from actuality straw mixed with veracity mud and baked in the sun of fact. *fingers in ears* La, la, la.

Nathan has some writerly stuff in him (he's written at least one script before) as does Rainn Wilson so I really hope they're co-writing a new title. Is there a 'Castle' tie-in already ?

But yeah, if it's "just" voice-over work then I guess it's not necessarily huge news - Nathan at least has done a fair bit of voice stuff for DC. That said, I wouldn't hate Jonah Hex as voiced by Nathan, he could definitely do it, maybe a bit like his Vigilante but darker.
Is that seriously the list of finalists, Buffyfanatic? Because... blech. Ryan Reynolds is the only one of those that doesn't seem totally wrong to me. I'd certainly take Nathan over any of them.

Although I did have some trouble thinking of someone who did seem right for Hal Jordan. Maybe Harrison Ford, twenty five years ago... But, really, I do think that David Boreanaz would indeed make a good live-action Hal.
LKW | July 10, 20:49 CET


Yep,apparently those are the three finalist.Warner Bros. has to make a decision soon since the option on all three expired on Monday.Meaning they can now line up another project.TPTB has to make a decision so whoever they pick is locked in.This film is supposed to start filming in the fall.

I like Ryan Reynolds but he's already played two other comic book heroes/characters.Hannibal King in Blade Trinity and Deadpool in Wolverine.He even has a Deadpool spin-off film in the works now.Plus he was up for the role of The Flash(the Wally West version) in the aborted David Goyer Flash film.

I rather not see him take on a third major hero/character in a superhero franchise at this point.Especially with him being perfect already as Deadpool.I just can't see it.I know actors can have more than one franchise at a time but basically having been tied to two other major superhero franchises in two major hero roles already with the second one looking to be an ongoing role now(Deadpool),I think having him being cast as Hal Jordan will be two much at this point.And if he was going to play a DC hero,I still think The Flash was the better fit.

If these are the three finalist for the role of Green Lantern/Hal Jordan than my pick would be Bradley Cooper.He has the least known baggage but has some good heat now thanks to The Hangover.He also hasn't already done a superhero franchise and is less known than Reynolds and Timberlake.

Ryan Reynolds would be my second choice but I already expressed why I'm not as high on him for the role(if he hadn't already played Hannibal King and Deadpool with more Deadpool on the way than I would be fine with him as Green Lantern but still think he would be more suited to The Flash as he was originally attached to).

Justin Timberlake would be my least liked picked so that's who will probably get it.lol
You've done voice work ? Or do you mean, not that exciting seeing Fillion or other Whedon actors doing voice work based on what we've seen in the past ?


Heh, whoops, didn't mean to imply there that I'd done voice-over work, because, well, I haven't. Not even a little bit :).

I also didn't mean that based on what we've seen in the past, voice-over work isn't that exciting (because most Whedoneverse actors deliver quality voice-work). It's just that voice work isn't all that exciting, in itself. It's generally less fun when an actor I love does some voice work than when we can actually see them perform instead of just hear them perform.

Not that quality voice-work isn't important - it is - or isn't an art to itself - because it also is.. it's just less important to have Nathan Fillion do the voice instead of 'random quality voice actor guy'. Or at least, it is if you're me :)

ETA that if Timberlake gets the role I'm officially whatever the opposite of excited is, to see Green Lantern. Nothing quite screams 'we're not looking to make this a quality film' than casting Timberlake, who has been underwhelming in his roles so far.

ETFA that I wouldn't mind Ryan Reynolds. I used to love him in 'Two Guys and a Girl' and he could use a better comic book role than what he's gotten to play so far. Deadpool wasn't that well fleshed out (heh) in the already quite unspectacular Wolverine movie (with that many class stories to draw from, you'd think they could make something that exites for longer than the first 20 minutes or so), and the less said about his role in Blade, the better.

[ edited by GVH on 2009-07-11 00:30 ]
What we saw of Reynolds as Deadpool in the first bit of the Wolverine film looked promising, but it wasn't enough for me to judge how well he was nailing the character (no scarred face--which I guess the CGI version was a reference to, sort-of-not-really--and it was still early on in his wise-ass career). So I guess a Deadpool film would happen in between the Wolverine flashback scenes and the Wolverine "present" scenes (not even a present because the "present" of that film still took place a while before the first X-Men. Annoying that they don't provide years, are execs and/or writers afraid that the average moviegoer won't be able to relate if it's set in the `80s or `90s instead of right now?).

As for Hal Jordan. No clue. Haven't been exposed to his character much beyond the seconds they gave him in the Justice League cartoon and David Boreanaz voicing him in Justice League: New Frontier (and yeah, he played him well and could easily physically play him, IMO).

I still don't see why Michael Rosenbaum couldn't play Flash, he voiced him perfectly in the cartoon. Sure, there's baggage with him playing Lex on Smallville, but he would make more of an impression as Flash (he already did, in animated form) and he'd just need to grow his hair out a little. Flash isn't super-muscled by superhero standards, going by the way most artist draw him, and the cartoon version had a slightly long face like Rosenbaum's, so his lean image would fit perfectly with the character on-screen.

Reynolds could do the role justice too (and he looks great in red--see Blade 3 and Wolverine).
Ok, color me confused. A pilot that Jane wrote and actually was produced and reviewed was removed because she's no longer involved (but DID write the episode being reviewed), but that Nathan was spotted somewhere IS news?

No, I'm not mad about this story not being deleted... discussion is fun. I'm still irked about the Warehouse 13 one being removed. ;) Personally Joss related is Joss related.

I could definitely see the twitter pals writing a comic book though. I think the WB/DC movie angle was pretty well covered before I saw this :)
For anyone interested,Ryan Reynolds has just been cast as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan according to the trades(Variety,Hollywood Reporter).
Which he'll be playing right after he fulfills his 'The Flash' commitments. *fingers back in ears* La, la, la.

The situation with 'Warehouse 13' isn't clear-cut BTW. As far as we know JaneE wrote a draft which was then passed on to a few other writers (including Rockne O'Bannon) so although she's still credited, how much of her is still in there is pretty hard to tell. From quite early on in the process though she wasn't involved, isn't now and very likely won't be in the future.
BTW. @NathanFillion on Twitter, on 9:16 PM Jul 9th (from web):
Some great shit percolated at a meeting today with @rainnwilson and @nathanfillion. And, I grabbed me a sweet DC Encyclopedia.

Guess that says nothing too. But... well, he grabbed himself a DC encyclopedia! :P
My interest in seeing a Green Lantern movie now has just dropped off my chart. And I collect the Green Lantern comic books.

Oh, wait...maybe...this will help get "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" finally released on DVD.
The situation with 'Warehouse 13' isn't clear-cut BTW. As far as we know JaneE wrote a draft which was then passed on to a few other writers (including Rockne O'Bannon) so although she's still credited, how much of her is still in there is pretty hard to tell. From quite early on in the process though she wasn't involved, isn't now and very likely won't be in the future.

I asked her about it on Twitter, and she said: @sumogrip I did not [write the aired pilot], but some characters and settings and situations I created were used, which got me shared writing credit.
I'm still irked about the Warehouse 13 one being removed. ;) Personally Joss related is Joss related.

Joss has a lot of former and current co-conspirators nowadays with active projects, so we do have to make some distinctions of relatedness. That said, Jane hasn't been directly involved in Warehouse 13 for awhile now.

The deleted thread blog is a good reference for why we delete certain kinds of posts. You can always email if you want to talk about it.
I asked her about it on Twitter, and she said: @sumogrip I did not [write the aired pilot], but some characters and settings and situations I created were used, which got me shared writing credit.

Aha, cheers for the info Jobo, that makes it a bit more clear-cut ;).

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