11. GREEN LANTERN
Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett
Release Date: June 17
Why we’re excited: Back when Green Lantern’s first trailer hit, comic books fans were ready to hit the panic button. Playing up the movie’s laughs way too much, it posited the long-awaited DC adaptation as simply another Ryan Reynolds smart-ass comedy but with a green CGI-suit and bugged-out aliens. Bad memories of Daredevil replayed in fanboys’ minds like looped songs on a broken record player.
Over the last month or so, however, Green Lantern has started to show some promise. Releasing more footage of Reynolds trying to fit in with his fellow Green Lanterns and less shots of the hunky actor flexing his skirt-moistening charms has proven to be an effective marketing tool. At best, Green Lantern could work on the same entertaining-origin-story level as Iron Man; if it fails, we’re looking at another The Phantom.