Golden Globe nominated actor Ryan Reynolds was once a DC superhero, before taking on the Merc with the Mouth. There was a strange time in 2011 where Ryan Reynolds played Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.
The movie turned out to be a financial and critical failure, to the point where even Reynolds makes fun of the movie. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he talked about why the movie didn’t work. He had this to say
“Deadpool always knew what it was,” Reynolds said. “With Green Lantern, I don’t think anyone ever figured out exactly what it was. That isn’t to say the hundreds of men and women didn’t work their fingers to the bone to make it as good as possible. It also fell victim to the process in Hollywood which is like poster first, release date second, script last. At the time, it was a huge opportunity for me so I was excited to try and take part in it. I did however write a letter to Fox right before I had to decide whether or not I was gonna do Green Lantern. I asked one last time sort of like the groom standing at the altar, ‘Will you please be my wife?’ and they said they couldn’t pull the trigger on Deadpool. For too many reasons too boring to illustrate, it just didn’t work.”
At the time Reynolds was casted as Green Lantern, it seemed like Deadpool was never going to get made. The studio wasn’t confident at the time to make a Hard-R superhero movie that required a big budget. The risk paid off, because Deadpool is the biggest R-rated movie ever, and is a Golden Globe nominated film. If Green Lantern was successful, maybe Deadpool wouldn’t have never been made