Superhero Casting: Ryan Reynolds is The Green Lantern, Natalie Portman Lands 'Thor'

Two of our most anticipated upcoming superhero movies are starting to cast their major players as production on both gears up for early 2010. On Friday we told you that three guys (Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper) were still in the running to play the Green Lantern in a big-screen, live-action film based on the popular comic character. Well, it didn't take long for that decision to be made, as shortly after our report it was announced that Ryan Reynolds had officially landed the role.

Most of us didn't think Reynolds would find his way into the role -- despite the fact that he's probably the best fit – only because he just played Deadpool in the Wolverine movie, and he's already planning to take on the character again in a solo spin-off flick. But we guess Green Lantern was just too good to pass up for Reynolds, who should bring enough looks, charm and muscle to a role that requires a healthy combination of all three. As of now, The Green Lantern is set to hit theaters on June 17, 2011.

Meanwhile, in other superhero casting news, it was just announced that Natalie Portman has landed the role of Jane Foster in Marvel's Thor, due out a couple weeks before The Green Lantern, on May 20, 2011. In the comics, Foster was a nurse on earth who befriended and later fell in love with Thor, who at the time was acting under his secret identity, Dr. Donald Blake.

Her character will be updated for the film, which, according to a new synopsis, will primarily take place on earth instead of in Asgard, Thor's home, though both will be featured. There's no word on whether Portman signed on for more than one film – or if her character will somehow fit into The Avengers (if, ahem, she even survives the first movie), and so we'll keep an eye out for future developments.

Which role excites you more: Ryan Reynolds and the Green Lantern or Natalie Portman as Jane Foster in Thor?

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