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This months big release Green Lantern isn’t Ryan Reynolds first comic book movie, it is also unlikely to be his last, but are any of them any good?

Blade: Trinity (2004) – Hannibal King

Hannibal King a cured vampire and member of a group of vampire hunts known as the Nightstalkers led by Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel) joins forces with Blade to battle Dracula. A more comedic character, he is very different to the one who first appeared in the Marvel Comic The Tomb of Dracula in 1970. It has been speculated that his and Biel’s characters were intended for there own spin-off movie, what could go wrong? Simply the film was rubbish and died at the box-office. The addition of the Nightstalkers was actually part of the problem, finding something for all the characters to do distracted and detracted from the plot, caused a rift between the star (Wesley Snipes) and killed the franchise.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) – Wade Wilson aka Deadpool

After surviving a firing squad Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is recruited by Major William Stryker (Danny Huston) to Team X, a group of mutants including swordsman Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). The character later becomes “The Deadpool”. WARNING PLOT SPOILER The Deadpool appears to he killed by Wolverine in the climactic fight but one of the post credit scenes (there is more than one version) suggests he survived. Despite being pretty rubbish the movie did okay at the box-office and sequels are on the way. At this moment in time a Deadpool movie is slated for 2014 with Reynolds reprising the role. “The Wolverine” a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is due out next year, it has been rumoured that Deadpool may make an appetence there but it is at present just that, a rumour.

Green Lantern (2011) – Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern

After two Marvel comic book adaptations Reynolds made the move to DC and got the leading role as Hal Jordan, a reckless test pilot who becomes a member of The Green Lantern Corps a sort of intergalactic peace keeping force. Telling an origin story the movie introduces the character and was possibly intended as part one of a trilogy. There is also a possibility of a Justice League of America (DC’s equivalent to The Avengers) movie. Based on reviews these things are unlikely, only a strong box-office can save the franchise.

R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) (2012) – Nick Walker

His comic book career doesn’t end there, next year he is due to play Nick Walker in an adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department). The story of un-dead police officers working the “deadbeat” including the recently killed Nick Walker (Reynolds) who is trying to find the man who killed him. The film will be directed by Robert Schwentke and co-star Jeff Bridges.

The unfortunate thing about the three comic book films he has made to date is that although none of the movies are much good, Reynolds is pretty good in all of them. Hopefully R.I.P.D. will prove to be a better movie for him.

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