Ryan Reynolds: 'Green Lantern like art'

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In the second Iron Man movie, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has revealed his identity and is refusing to hand over his technology to the United States government. What's worse, a man named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) has duplicated his work and built weapons of his own. Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson.
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.