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Friday, January 15, 2010

Green Lantern Villains

Well, the movie version of Green Lantern keeps trucking along. This week, it was announced who the villains will be...and the actors who'll be playing them!

First, it was announced that Peter Sarsgaard will be playing Hector Hammond. Hector Hammond is a B-lister in Green Lantern's rogues gallery...a scientist who becomes an all-powerful telepath after exposure to a mysterious meteorite. He then uses his newfound powers to try to steal Green Lantern's power ring and take over the world.

Now, when this was announced, the fanboys were pretty upset that the villain in the film would not be Green Lantern's arch-enemy, Sinestro. Those fears were laid aside when it was revealed that the studio was pursuing Jackie Earle Haley to play Sinestro.

For those too lazy to click on the link, Sinestro was once a member of the Green Lantern Corps, and was given the task of training Hal Jordan when Jordan first joined. But when Sinestro's version of a just and ordered galaxy was one with him as absolute ruler, Hal Jordan turned him in, and Sinestro went all supervillain. Now wielding a yellow power ring (in contrast to the green ring of Green Lantern), he seeks revenge upon Hal Jordan while still trying to bring totalitarian order to the galaxy.

Jackie Earle Haley was a child star in the 1970s, who's been having a phenomenal comeback in the past few years. Haley was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Little Children. For his superhero cred, he was recently Rorschach in the film version of Watchmen. And for his supervillain cred, he'll soon be seen as the new Freddy Kruger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Sarsgaard and Haley join Ryan Reynolds, who was previously announced as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, and Blake Lively, who was announced earlier this week as playing Jordan's main squeeze, aircraft magnate Carol Ferris. They start filming in March for a Summer 2011 release!

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