July 11, 2009 at 06:13 AM EDT

Warner Bros. has tapped Ryan Reynolds–most recently seen opposite Sandra Bullock in The Proposal (and on EW’s summertime Must Issue cover)–to bring the DC Comics’ superhero Green Lantern to life, reports Variety. Reynolds is said to have beaten out Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Justin Timberlake for the hotly sought role. Don’t know your comic books? Green Lantern is part of an intergalactic police force who fights baddies using a magic ring that can conjure almost anything its wearer can imagine. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) will direct the film. Shooting is reportedly slated to begin in January. This is the second superhero franchise Reynolds has scored this summer: his cameo as Deadpool in “Wolverine” was cool enough to inspire Fox to begin developing a spin-off. What do you think, readers? Did Warner Bros. make the right choice–or were you hoping to see Cooper or Timberlake sporting Lantern’s high powered jewelry?

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