After Marvel snapped up Hemsworth, Evans and Pratt, there was basically one strapping, chiseled Chris left in Hollywood and that’s Chris Pine, the frontman for the hit neo-‘Star Trek’ movies. Before Marvel could squeeze him into the green scaly Speedo of Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner (much to my own chagrin), DC/Warner Brothers made a play for Captain James T. Kirk II. However, contrary to earlier reports that the studio offered him the choice of headlining a movie versus playing a major supporting character in a possibly even more major screen epic, it seems as if he was only given one option as to a DC role: Steve Trevor.
Previously reports circulated that Pine had been offered the option of either playing Trevor, Wonder Woman’s major love interest OR reviving the role of Hal Jordan, the white Green Lantern that Ryan Reynolds had the misfortune of portraying in the 2011 big screen flop.
But it turns out that that was all hubbub. Pine was only offered the role of Steve Trevor in ‘Wonder Woman’ and was never under consideration for the revival of ‘Green Lantern’.
While promoting his new movie ‘The Finest Hours’, Pine commented on this casting conundrum by saying:
“No. I was not offered Green Lantern ever, I’ve never had a conversation about Green Lantern.”
It may be for the best. As Green Lantern, Pine would have to erase the memory of the poorly received previous film AND make audiences see him as someone other than Captain Kirk. On the other hand, Captain Kirk is kind of an Axe Body Spray squirt away from cocky Steve Trevor. So that transition should be fairly easy to swallow.
And as it happens, it appears that Pine will still get to play two roles in the DC cinematic universe. He won’t just play modern day Steve Trevor, but also Trevor’s World War I grandpa, at least that’s how it seems from recent set photos.
Are you happy with Chris Pine as Steve Trevor? Or is playing a love interest a step down for this Starship Captain?
‘Wonder Woman’ is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis. It is scheduled for release on June 23, 2017.