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Probably the most disappointing thing about Green Lantern is that the protracted and delayed production is going to ensure, without any doubt, that director Martin Campbell can’t be in charge of the next Bond film and turn that franchise round again (for the third time).

It’s not all bad news, though. On the plus side, a new rumour has pegged Jackie Earle Haley for the role of Sinestro in the picture. You may recall that he’s the mentor character that might just turn out to be a baddie (if they don’t save that for the sequel). The same unnamed gossipmonger has Superman down for a cameo role in the film, which sounds like a wild and unlikely idea but the character was in at least one draft of the script and since Marvel’s multi-picture mashup scheme, I wouldn’t be surprised to see DC try a similar tactic.

On the other hand, this particular use of Superman could be motivated by back and forth over the rights to the character as per the ongoing legal issues.

I like this Superman rumour because it means another silly season of speculating on the character’s casting is about to start all over again. What sport! Brandon Routh? DJ Cotrona? Jim Caviezel? Zac Efron?

A cameo would at least be a safe-ish way to test out the casting of a new Superman with the public and the internets before committing the actor to a full-on starring role.

Since his grand return in Little Children, Jackie Earle Haley has been signing on to franchise and high-profile genre pictures left right and centre. I guess he knows all too well what it’s like to suddenly drop off the radar and find roles hard to come by, so I wouldn’t blame him for getting some serious fat in his piggy bank while he can. It would be nice to see him do something else too, though, far away from the more stylised worlds he’s been inhabiting lately. And no, Shutter Island doesn’t count – that’s going to be as stylised as they come.

Via Aint it Cool.

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