The Next Actor to Play the Green Lantern – Betting Odds and Pick
Published on August 27, 2018
Superhero movies dominate the cinemas these days. Even when they鈥檙e not any good, people can鈥檛 help but go to the theater and watch them or hype them up online.
It鈥檚 hard to ignore the success of the Dark Knight trilogy, some of the Spiderman movies, most of the X-Men franchise, and of course, The Avengers series.
As great and as iconic as those comic book films have been, there鈥檚 always a handful that simply don鈥檛 deliver.
A couple of the Spiderman films weren鈥檛 up to par, filmmakers have never been able to make the Fantastic Four inviting, some Superman remakes have missed the mark, and Suicide Squad was a bit of a joke.
And then there鈥檚 the 2011 whiff-of-the-century in Green Lantern. A reboot could apparently be on the way soon, and in this post, I鈥檓 going to explore the possible contenders to play the lead role.
The first mistake in the 2011 movie was probably casting Ryan Reynolds in the lead role.
Eventually properly aligned with the witty Deadpool character, Reynolds never truly fit the character, and while he was fine in the movie, he wasn鈥檛 able to rescue it.
It was a mitigated disaster, and we probably should have expected that once it was known that Reynolds鈥?entire costume was CGI. As in, painted on his body.
Yeah, not good.
Given the success of so many other superhero films (and the desire to include Green Lantern in the DC movie universe), it should shock no one that a Green Lantern reboot appears to be very much in the works.
Little is known about it, and there is no official cast yet, but there鈥檚 already a holding place for it at IMDB.com.
To me, the best part of the process by far is dreaming up all of the actors that would be good fits for a character. Considering no cast has been whispered yet (a script isn鈥檛 even finished), it鈥檚 something that is very much open for debate.
MyBookie and other entertainment betting sites are joining in on the fun. MyBookie.ag specifically has fun Green Lantern odds, allowing bettors to wager on who will don the green suit next.
We can safely assume it won鈥檛 be Ryan Reynolds, but you otherwise have to at least somewhat consider everyone MyBookie lists. Here they are with their respective odds.
The fact that Tom Cruise leads the way here should be a pretty good indication that nobody has a clue who the next Green Lantern will be.
Cruise has the best odds due to some bad rumors, but he personally has said nothing about the role. He鈥檚 never been interested in comic book roles before, either, so while he loves a good blockbuster, I鈥檓 not even sure this is his bag.
Common seems like a very weird choice, while Joel McHale taking on this role would ensure this Green Lantern reboot is infinitely worse than the original.
If you want to go the relatively unknown route, O鈥橪oughlin really isn鈥檛 that bad of an option. He offers a great price at +800 and actually has a look that would make sense to play the main character, Hal Jordan.
The interesting thing here is that this new proposed film is expected to feature more than one 鈥淕reen Lantern.鈥?However, this should be emphasizing filling the lead role, and that should still be Hal Jordan.
I鈥檓 game for Bradley Cooper, O鈥橪oughlin, Armie Hammer, Idris Elba, and Jake Gyllenhaal here. They all have fun odds, and of the lot, Gyllenhaal may be most appealing at +2000 simply due to upside.
If I鈥檓 picking only from the list MyBookie provides you, it鈥檚 probably down to O鈥橪oughlin, Cooper, Hammer, and Gyllenhaal. This character needs sophistication and wit, but they also need to be pretty tough and physically well built.
That being said, I really like the open-ended value a field/any bet offers at +350.
It鈥檚 pretty clear this project is still very much in development. The fact that names like Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, and Common are being thrown around is pretty laughable and borderline irresponsible.
There鈥檚 no quicker way to guarantee this Green Lantern reboot is a total joke than to attach one of those guys to it as the lead character.
I do think there are some viable options here, but there are so many more to consider.
Personally, I鈥檇 try to pick someone who most resembles the iconic comic book look. Some of the following options could do that.
What kind of Hal Jordan are we aiming for here? Does he have to be white with brown or dark hair? If not, toss Elba into the mix at a high level and start thinking more outside the box.
If he fits the comic book description, though, you鈥檙e looking for a guy with chiseled good looks, a good physique, and intelligence. Ryan Reynolds wasn鈥檛 a terrible try the first time around, but he鈥檚 a bit loose with the tongue and made it a little too comical at times.
Whether Hal Jordan needs to be younger or older will simplify this list, too. For the older options, Jon Hamm quickly becomes interesting, and Luke Evans also stands out. If you鈥檙e going younger, there might not be a better option than Theo James.
Ultimately, if I had the pick for who will be the next Green Lantern, I鈥檇 go with Armie Hammer.
Not only is he a sweet price (+650), but he meets all of the criteria the creators should be looking for. He also has plenty of experience in blockbuster action films, and unlike some of the preferred options, he does not have any past or current roles that directly conflict with taking on Green Lantern.
While I like Hammer, there is a lot of time to figure this out. I鈥檇 throw a little cash at several options, but I鈥檇 probably steer clear of Cruise, Common, Elba, or McHale.
Hammer appeals to me the most off of this current list, while the field bet (+350) is probably my second-favorite option.
We don鈥檛 know when the Green Lantern reboot is coming, or even that it definitely IS coming. There鈥檚 certainly a strong case to be made for it, though, and you鈥檇 like to think it will be a significant improvement on the 2011 version.
Who will play the lead role is not a betting market I鈥檇 advise wagering large sums on, but this is a good opportunity to have a fun little bet that comes with some good value. Armie Hammer would be a great choice in my opinion, and I like the odds on offer.
Who do YOU think would make a good Green Lantern? Let me know in the comments below!