I just filtered Blake’s part out of the article, but you can read the whole right here !
Q: Blake, what was the appeal of playing the leading lady in a superhero movie?
Blake Lively: I think that Carol is very unique in this genre. She’s an incredibly powerful woman and she’s also a fighter pilot along with Hal. She runs her father’s aviation company and it’s rare to see such strong women existing as equals amongst men in film, especially in this genre. I loved that if this franchise continued that she does become a villain. That was also very, very appealing, that element.
Q: Blake, coming from a show like ‘Gossip Girl’ and moving into a comic book movie which is more a male audience, what do you think women will get from watching this movie?
Lively: I’m always attracted to strong women, and I think that Carol is a character that, as I was saying, I wish was portrayed more on film. It’s so nice to see a woman fighter pilot up there flying this plane. I think that women will appreciate that. Someone asked me, they said, ‘This is a very modern film because now women are strong,’ and I said, ‘Women have always been strong. They’ve always been standing behind their man,’ but it’s just a new idea to see it more on film. I think that women will appreciate that, but I think that anybody who goes to a theater, you want to sit down and be transported to another world for two hours and this movie is appealing to everybody. It’s full of heart. It’s full of humor. It’s full of action, and it’s not just on planet earth, but in the entire alien galaxy. There’s tons of alien species and different planets. I don’t care who you are, but it’s going to the cinema like you were as a child and just having your imagination blown open. Also, Ryan is half-naked!
Reynolds: This just went downhill.
Q: Blake, your character is a more realistic leading lady here, more straightforward and honest. Was that you bringing yourself to it? You’re not a damsel in distress.
Lively: It was definitely written that way. That’s what was so appealing about Carol. In a lot of ways this film was much more straightforward and honest. We talked earlier about the scene where I first see Hal as the Green Lantern. In every single superhero film how on earth do they not see that this is the person they’ve known their whole life, that they’ve been intimate with and you don’t recognize him because he’s got an orange mask on his face? I think in a lot of ways we just decided to… we? I didn’t write this. I’ll take all your credit, Greg. This movie tackled those things. I think it’s a really refreshing take on such a big film full of fantasy to have those moments where you actually acknowledge what every other comic film doesn’t. That bled through to each of our characters, and then the fact that Hal is a superhero, but also very, very, very human and is flawed and doesn’t know if he wants to be a superhero. I think that’s incredibly unique and that’s where I think the story is special. You can really connect with the people at the heart of this story.