Feb. 13, 2015 | 1:28 p.m.
Gina Carano is set to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in Fox’s upcoming “Deadpool,” which tracks the adventures of the mentally unstable mercenary, Hero Complex confirmed Friday. The actress and former MMA star, whose credits include the Steven Soderbergh action film “Haywire” and “Fast & Furious 6,” will play Angel Dust, a mutant created by Geoff Johns and Shawn Martinbrough who discovers she has the ability to increase her adrenaline to give her temporary bursts of superhuman strength. (Angel Dust first appeared in 2002’s “Morlocks” No. 1.) Carano’s casting was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this week, “Deadpool” star Reynolds gave comics fans a first look at the antihero’s mask and gloves, posting a picture of a prototype on Twitter. “Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early,” Reynolds wrote in the […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 1:21 p.m.
“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds gave comics fans a first look at the antihero’s mask and gloves, posting a picture of a prototype on Twitter. “Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early,” Reynolds wrote in the Tweet, referring to the film’s release date, slated for Feb. 12, 2016, exactly one year from now. The film, from 20th Century Fox, is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, a mentally unstable mercenary known for his wisecracking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers. Reynolds (“Green Lantern”) played a version of Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and has long been expected to headline a film based on Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth. Test footage for the project that leaked last year was met with praise and […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 3:24 p.m.
It’s official — Ryan Reynolds will star in Fox’s upcoming “Deadpool.” The “Green Lantern” actor had long been tipped to play Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth, but Fox confirmed Reynolds’ casting Thursday afternoon. Tim Miller will direct the film, which Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will produce. Reynolds first played the wise-cracking antihero in “X-Men: Origins — Wolverine.” In a 2010 interview with Hero Complex, Reynolds described his affection for the Marvel Comics character, who is both unstable and nearly impossible to kill. “With Deadpool, it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day,” Reynolds said. “You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people […]
April 17, 2013 | 6:52 p.m.
And the big summer movie trailers just keep coming. The latest addition to the lineup? “R.I.P.D.,” the supernatural 3-D buddy-cop action comedy adapted from the Dark Horse Comics title created by Peter M. Lenkov. Due in theaters from Universal on July 19, the movie sees Ryan Reynolds play Nick Walker, a rising-star officer killed in the line of duty who finds himself policing paranormal activity from beyond the grave. He’s now tasked with catching bad souls that have escaped judgment — the film’s title stands for “Rest in Peace Department” — a mission made more interesting when he’s partnered with Jeff Bridges’ outrageous veteran sheriff, Roy Pulsifer. Directed by Robert Schwentke (“Red”), “R.I.P.D.” also stars Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Mary Louise-Parker and Mike O’Malley. The clip suggests no shortage of deadpan humor, much of which appears likely to come courtesy […]
Aug. 02, 2011 | 6:55 a.m.
Green Lantern may have a future on the big screen, but likely not with the same director. Despite the big-budget superhero movie’s disappointing box office performance so far, Warner Bros. executives still want to find a way to make a sequel work. Bringing superheroes from its DC Comics unit to the big screen is a top priority for the studio, and executives believe that the problem with “Green Lantern” was in execution, not concept. They even have ideas on how to turn things around next time. “We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” said Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov, pointing to the film’s box office debut of $53 million. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a […]
June 17, 2011 | 8:27 a.m.
Overall, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times goes against the early critical opinion of Warner Bros.’ “Green Lantern,” saying “it works in fits and starts as its disparate parts go in and out of effectiveness, but the professionalism of the production” makes it watchable in a “comic book kind of way.” Far from high praise, it’s not as scathing as the New York Times’ review or that Rotten Tomatoes’ score. Starting with Hal Jordan himself, Turan’s take on Ryan Reynolds seems positive; he says that “Reynolds can handle most of what the script by Greg Berlanti and Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg throws at him. The problem is, not all of that stuff is worth doing.” Turan goes on to point out that the visual depiction of the planet Oa, “home base of the Lanterns and their […]
June 16, 2011 | 2:05 a.m.
From the instant “Green Lantern” met the public at Comic-Con International last year, fans have been grumbling about the look and tone of the DC Comics adaptation. Now that the film’s release is only hours away, reviews are finally hitting the web — and they’re not great. (The movie has a paltry 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as I write this.) With so much judgment already, is it possible for “Green Lantern” to get a fair shake? Those involved with the movie seem to think so. At the movie’s premiere in Hollywood Wednesday night, director Martin Campbell said he wasn’t worried that negative energy would hurt box-office prospects. Meanwhile, Reynolds, who stars as Hal Jordan in the film, says he’s understanding of the scrutiny that comes along with turning a popular brand into a film. “I think it gets the absolute right shake,” he […]
June 15, 2011 | 2:53 p.m.
When it comes to his movie set, filmmaker Martin Campbell is a talented tyrant in search of silence. “It isn’t pretty when a cellphone rings,” says Daniel Craig, who played James Bond for Campbell in “Casino Royale.” “People leave puddles when Martin comes after them.” So you can imagine the angst last summer when a shrill beeping interrupted work on “Green Lantern,” the Warner Bros. project that arrives in theaters this week as the most expensive superhero film in a summer packed with them. “Not good,” star Ryan Reynolds muttered as the bleating fire alarm filled the New Orleans wood frame house that had been rented for an emotional family scene. The culprit, it turned out, was the mist being pumped into the home to lend a suffused, sentimental burnish to the footage, and crew members scrambled up the cherry […]
June 15, 2011 | 9:45 a.m.
As the imperious, florid-faced Sinestro, actor Mark Strong is a scene-stealer in “Green Lantern” and with a chuckle he said he thoroughly enjoyed submerging himself in the alien role despite the rigors of the makeup process and risks of digital effects. “I’ve learned that I’m the kind of actor who loves transformation,” Strong said last year during a break from fight and flight training on the film’s Louisiana set. “Wearing someone else’s clothes, someone else’s hair, somebody else’s face, that’s very interesting to me and I think it’s because I come from the theater. When I was in drama school I played 70-year-old characters and it was the accumulation of makeup and costume and wigs that allowed me to do that and find the performance. If you approach that digitally also, it’s not any different to me. In fact it’s exciting because it’s new and offers so much possibility. You […]
April 27, 2011 | 5:00 a.m.
Here’s an early look at my “Green Lantern” preview story from the Summer Sneaks issue in this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times Calendar section. On a stifling hot New Orleans afternoon, “Green Lantern” director Martin Campbell closed his eyes and thought about the cold, deep reaches of outer space. “The interesting part of all this is to take a hero and take an adventure and then go out there,” the filmmaker said pointing to the ceiling and beyond. “That’s something you haven’t really seen.” Campbell has made masked-man movies before (he brought a smart verve to both “The Legend of Zorro” and “The Mask of Zorro” in the 1990s), and he knows his way around venerable brands that can be smothered by fan expectations (his “Casino Royale” bet the house on a hard-edged James Bond reinvention and won big). Now he’s […]