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Across the Universe: Ryan Reynolds is 'Green Lantern'

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News, rumors, cool stuff and other transmissions from the far-flung reaches of the geek cosmosBy Don Kaye Special to MSN Movies'Lantern' Burns Bright:Ryan Reynolds led the charge for "Green Lantern" at Comic-Con two weekends ago, as the first footage from the movie was shown and the actor himself did a flurry of interviews to promote the project. "Green Lantern" has a lot riding on it: It's the first large-scale, major motion picture based on a DC Comics superhero not called Batman or Superman, which means it could either open the doors or slam them shut for future DC movies, depending on how well it does. Reynolds told us he's feeling the pressure of carrying the DC torch. "I don't think I'd be a human being if I didn't, but that's fine," he said. "That's part and parcel for the course. Going into the movie, I expected all of this. A lot of it is managing my own expectations when I go out there, and trying to keep that on Earth a little bit, but I'm really excited about it. What we've done and what we've accomplished -- and we're still shooting -- that's what I'm most excited about, is finishing it up and seeing that first reaction with all the other fans." Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a test pilot recruited into an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. Reynolds said on the press line backstage at Comic-Con that the cosmic scale of the movie -- he and director Martin Campbell promise we'll be seeing numerous alien worlds and as many of the 3,600 members of the Lantern Corps as possible -- was what sold him on taking the role. "When I first met on 'Green Lantern,' I admittedly didn't know that much about it, and I sat with (director) Martin Campbell and he introduced me to the world and what it would look like, and that's what sold me more than anything," he revealed. "I went up into the art department, where Grant Major (who designed 'The Lord of the Rings') is working, and I got to see the things he's working on, and that was amazing." Reynolds declined to describe any of the wonders that he saw, but hinted, "I think it defies description. I think you really need to see it to believe it. The technology is so immense for a movie like this, and to be able to bring it to the screen in the right way -- that's the part that blew me away, and I think it will blow everyone else away." ('Green Lantern'/Warner Bros.)
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