Ryan Reynolds: 'Green Lantern like art'

October 5th, 2010

Ryan Reynolds hopes his new film 'Green Lantern' can match the success of his favourite superhero movies.

The actor plays Hal Jordan - a man who is bestowed superpowers by an intergalactic order known as the Green Lantern Corps so he can protect Earth - in the upcoming film and although he accepts it is easy to dismiss comic book movies he insists when done right they are important "pieces of art".

He said: "If a superhero movie is done right, you can craft an incredible film. There have been superhero films that I think are brilliant pieces of art. I love 'Iron Man', I love 'Batman'. But also you have to remember it's escapist moviemaking - we want to be captivated and taken away."

Ryan - whose wife Scarlett Johansson played Russian spy Black Widow in 'Iron Man 2' - says what specifically appealed to him about the 'Green Lantern' role was his pilot character's story arc.

He added to NJ.com: "The character is a classic action hero, and there's an arc. Here's a guy who begins the journey very cocky and arrogant. When he's bestowed this supernatural gift, he is humbled by it. I like that trajectory. Usually, it's the opposite way."

The movie - which is based on the DC Comics series of the same name - is set to be released in June 2011.