Green Lantern villain will channel James Bond?

Mark Strong, who made an impression as Lord Blackwood in last year's Sherlock Holmes, is speaking about his upcoming role as the villainous Sinestro in next year's Green Lantern movie, which he promises will be familiar to fans of the DC comics.

Speaking to USA Weekend, Strong said:

... "for anybody who's familiar with the Green Lantern and the origin story, the film closely follows the early comics. Sinestro starts out as Hal Jordan's mentor, slightly suspicious and not sure of him because obviously Hal is the first human being who's made into a Green Lantern. He's certainly very strict and certainly unsure of the wisdom of Hal becoming a Green Lantern," Strong says. "He is a military guy but isn't immediately bad. It's the kind of person he is that lends himself to becoming bad over the course of the comics being written, but initially he's quite a heroic figure."

Strong added that his costume and other aspects of the character will very closely follow the character's early days, including his widow's peak and thin mustache. (Did you know the original villain was based on actor David Niven, who played James Bond in the first Casino Royale movie??) He'll also wear special contact lenses.

Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, is slated to open in June 2011.

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