One of the best comments in this hyperbole-laden thread.
Just to step back a bit, how has Reynolds been "forced down our throats"? By taking that small role in Adventureland? By doing the blockbuster Buried? But, you're right. Casting him in Green Lantern is unprecedented. They only ever cast proven box office megastars as superheros.
And another good 'un.
My reaction was closer to Renn's - not the end of the world, but the movie has SO MUCH origin to get out of the way. It had this rote, obligatory, "let's get Green Lantern 1 out of the way" vibe. And as I've said elsewhere, the one thing that makes GL unique among superheroes is the Green Lantern Corps, and they turn out to be a series of walk-ons.... Reynolds was game; had this dialogue crackled like Iron Man's everyone would be a little happier today.
Caught in a half-way house between Spider-Man and G.I. JOE, this never really worked the way I hoped it would. There were positives (Reynolds, Strong, many of the intergalactic moments) but they never outweighed the negatives (stodgy, misshapen script, too many generic elements/performances.) Even with all the botched ingredients and pervading air of "missed opportunity", I think it's pretty clear this isn't the cinematic monstrosity it's being painted as here. Although it's hardly surprising that a disappointing film of this nature is being ripped apart in an orgy of exaggeration and bile. Why let reflection and debate get in the way of all those zingers?