Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

For those joining us from the Deadpool 2 post-credits scene timeline, you might not be familiar with this film. But in our world, before Ryan Reynolds was the Merc with a Mouth, he was People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, listening to whatever agent was telling him he needed that superhero

franchise money.

Green Lantern was meant to be the movie that launched DC’s cinematic universe, helping them catch up with Marvel’s budding franchise while picking up the baton from Nolan’s due-to-conclude Batman series. What it proved to be was the ultimate superhero movie punchline; a bland origin story studio noted to death, too cookie-cutter to even garner a Man of Steel-esque stylistic commendation.

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