Ryan Reynolds comes to the defence of superhero movies

London: Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Reynolds who plays superhero Green Lantern in an upcoming film says that superhero movies are unrightly dismissed as mere escapism.

The 33-year-old actor who had played mutant villain Deadpool in the `X-Men Origins: Wolverine` believes that the the genre too has delivered films which are "brilliant pieces of art", reported Contactmusic.

"If a superhero movie is done right, you can craft an incredible film. There have been superhero films that I think are brilliant pieces of art. I love `Iron Man`, I love `Batman`. But also you have to remember it`s escapist moviemaking, we want to be captivated and taken away," said the actor who is married to Hollywood beauty Scarlett Johannson.

`The Proposal` star now hopes that his new film `Green Lantern` can match the success of his all time favourite superhero movies.

He plays Hal Jordan, a man who is bestowed superpowers by an intergalactic order known as the Green Lantern Corps so that he can protect Earth, in the upcoming film.

"What specifically appealed to me about the `Green Lantern` role was the pilot character`s story arc. The character is a classic action hero, and there`s an arc. Here`s a guy who begins the journey very cocky and arrogant. When he`s bestowed this supernatural gift, he is humbled by it. I like that trajectory. Usually, it`s the opposite way," said Reynolds.

PTI

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