20th January 2016

John Stewart Confirmed for Green Lantern Corps Movie on DC Films TV Special

During the Dawn of Justice DC Films Special shown Tuesday on the CW, Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, was asked by Kevin Smith to reveal an exclusive just for the show. Johns gave information about the upcoming 2020 Green Lantern Corps film while showing images of comic pictures with motion effects. The video can be seen below:

The video certainly focuses on John Stewart and Hal Jordan, but all the main Earth Green Lanterns are shown, minus Alan Scott. I don’t know if that means anything, though, as the others are only seen in group shots in the background. The video definitely gets across that John and Hal are the focus. Disturbingly, the most attention is given to Hal Jordan. These images are nothing new. They’re taken from DC comic books that have been shown previously. No new concept art for the film is shown, so these pictures may not mean much, but there is definitely conscious intent to show that this will be a Hal Jordan and John Stewart film, which goes hand in hand with recent rumors that suggested the same thing.

That’s ultimately disappointing to me, because I think the film should be about John Stewart and the alien members of the Corps. I’m personally not interested in Hal Jordan, he isn’t a box office draw, and he has the baggage of headlining one of the biggest film stinkers yet. While I realize it could be a risky move, I really would have liked to see a black lead character take the undisputed spotlight in a major superhero film without being chaperoned by a white male. But, there you have it…

This is speculation on my part, but I believe John Stewart was inevitable, and people like Geoff Johns pulled every trick in the book to weasel Hal Jordan into the film under the reasoning of pleasing everybody. It’s no secret that Hal Jordan has very powerful supporters in the halls of DC Comics, who wouldn’t take kindly to him being left out of the film. Geoff Johns has said something to the effect before about believing in having all the Green Lanterns during his Green Lantern comic book run. Yet, he proceeded to ignore John Stewart while pushing Hal Jordan to the highest possible pedestal, so that was all just talk. He was alright with having the other Lanterns around so long as they played support to Hal Jordan.

What I’m saying is that I would actually expect someone like Geoff Johns to fight tooth and nail to get Hal Jordan in the film. Seeing as I don’t trust Geoff Johns AT ALL with the Green Lantern franchise, especially after his involvement in the 2011 film, here’s hoping he has absolutely nothing to do with this future film’s actual production.

Let me be clear about this right now and I hope someone in the WB offices reads this. If WB is going to attempt to do something like “War of the Green Lanterns,” a Geoff Johns comic event that utilizes all of the Earth Green Lanterns, yet squarely puts Hal Jordan as the lead, I have no interest in seeing that. If WB wants to please John Stewart’s real fans, following Geoff Johns templates will fail spectacularly. I’m a real John Stewart fan, I know John Stewart fans, I know how they think, I know what they want, and believe me, it is not that.

As to the other Green Lantern characters, it would be folly of DC to clutter their cinematic universe with the glut of Earth Green Lanterns that are in the comic universe. In movies, especially, there’s only so much focus to go around, and there’s really no room for characters like Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner. Besides that, it’s conceptually stupid to have that many Lanterns from Earth. The comics are stuck with them now because they have dedicated fanbases, but the films shouldn’t fall into that pit hole.

Also, John Stewart should be the focus of the film, especially since Hal Jordan had a shot in 2011 and blew it. John should be the character with the main arc. It’s bad enough Jordan is there at all, but John should definitely not be behind him, lingering in the background as an asexual bootlicking wallflower, which is how many comics during Geoff Johns’ tenure displayed him.

Many sources have said that Geoff Johns confirmed that the Green Lanterns will be coming to the Justice League film in 2017. However, that’s not what Geoff Johns says in the video. He said that they will be coming to the Justice League universe, which, to me, sounds like the DC Cinematic Universe in general, and we already knew this, as a Green Lantern Corps movie was announced for 2020.

In short, the John Stewart/Hal Jordan buddy film is confirmed. Concerning the other Lantern characters, it isn’t clear if they will play any role, but this video consciously focuses on John Stewart and Hal Jordan. Stay tuned for more news!

24th December 2015

Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 Preview

DC surprised me by releasing a preview of Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 well before the scheduled release date of the first issue. Unfortunately, I have little good to say about what I’ve seen.

First, I don’t like the logo. It’s just not appealing to me. The Lost Army logo was neat because it was in line with modern Green Lantern sensibilities, but also recalling of the classic 1980s Green Lantern Corps logo from the Steve Englehart run.

Second, I’m seeing the price is $3.99 when it was originally solicited at $2.99. I’m not happy about that, and it’s another sign of DC’s financial desperation.

Third, Simon Baz is present. I really don’t like that character. If DC would like to use him, I’d prefer it be in a book I have no interest in reading, especially one that does not feature John Stewart. Man, my luck is so rotten sometimes.

Fourth, while there is not much to go on, in this preview John Stewart stands in a crowd not doing anything while other Earth Lanterns take on more dominant roles, even if small. This doesn’t stimulate me and is frighteningly evocative of the Geoff Johns era of Green Lantern, especially with Ethan Van Sciver on art.

Fifth, I hope there is a very good reason why the Lanterns are standing around in what appears to be the wild, because John Stewart and Mogo did build a city for them to inhabit on that planet. This is a point of concern for me because it makes me wonder if the writer bothered to read the previous runs. If not, then I’m concerned.

About that last point; in the recent past, I’ve seen videos of Dan DiDio talking about how he wants to develop essential stories and beats for DC Comics characters. Let me tell you something, DC. If the writers you employ do not reference and build upon moments in the characters’ pasts, there will be nothing essential for these characters. If something is immediately forgotten, how can it be essential? John Stewart building a city on Mogo should be pretty essential, but now I’m worried that the city he built has mysteriously disappeared with no acknowledgment. John Stewart being the first male Star Sapphire should be pretty essential, as well, but post Van Jensen’s Green Lantern Corps run, there has been absolutely no reference of it even happening.

It seems the only thing the writers and editors can and will consistently reference from John Stewart’s history is that a planet was destroyed due to his incompetence. I fear DC may be doing something wrong.

It may seem like I’m jumping the gun on many of these points, but I’m not. DC has put out content for people to evaluate and I’m just giving my opinion on what I’m seeing. If I wind up having gotten the wrong impression about things, then great! We’ll see when the series releases in January. Check out the link below for the preview:


16th December 2015

Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #3 Solicitation

The solicitation for Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #3 has arrived. I don’t have too much to say about this since we’ve already seen the cover art, and nothing in the solicitation text sounds especially notable. We get a better look at the cover this time with a higher quality image, and that gives me a better impression of the piece. I noticed that John Stewart’s eyes aren’t colored in green this time around. That’s always disappointing for me since the unnatural green colored eyes are one of his main identifying features. The art is very competent, though. Take a look at it again below and also the solicitation text.

Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art and cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale MARCH 9 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T
Time is running out! The Corps is pulled in two directions as they struggle to solve who is killing the survivors and find a way out of this dying universe. Will they stand together—or die stranded and splintered?!

Pick this one up in March.

8th December 2015

New Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion Art Released

DC Comics has released art from the upcoming series Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion. Take a look at these pieces by artist Ethan Van Sciver below:

And here are some art pieces that Van Sciver released himself over Twitter:

While the art is certainly filled with detail, and displays a lot of intensity, it doesn’t really floor me the way I was when I first saw Bernard Chang’s art for Green Lantern Corps, or Jesus Saiz’s art for Lost Army. Is it because I’ve seen Van Sciver depict these characters before, or is it because I don’t like his depiction as much? It’s both. Ethan Van Sciver is a really great artist, but I prefer the style of Jesus Saiz and Bernard Chang, which I find more beautiful, colorful, and less overly “badass” and grave.

The lines, coloring, and constant screams and grimaces seen in these recent images display a sense of extreme intensity that I’m not looking for in Green Lantern right now, as opposed to some other flavors, like Chang and Maiolo’s fun, beautifully adventurous vibe, and Saiz’s, breathtaking swirling colors and emotive characters. Van Sciver’s character’s certainly emote, but, in these images at least, it’s overly dramatic and lacks the subtlety, grace, and natural element of Saiz’s work. That said, none of those artists seem to have the clout and following Van Sciver does, especially among Green Lantern fandom, so my own opinion aside, Van Sciver may draw more interest to Edge of Oblivion than Saiz did for Lost Army… or maybe not.

We don’t really live in the age of artists like we do writers. For example, commercially, Ivan Reis did not seem to anchor the Cyborg title the way I believe DC was hoping for. It could be that Edge of Oblivion may wind up at the same level Lost Army did, sales wise, regardless of Van Sciver. I think DC is aware of that, but they’re giving hope a shot, especially since, according to certain reports, they desperately need the money.

Also, I don’t know if relying on the past is really the way to go here. We’re seeing Ivan Reis and Van Sciver resurface, as if DC was thinking, “Well, these guys worked before, let’s get them again.” However, they worked ten years ago for Hal Jordan related products written by Geoff Johns. Now it’s now, and they’re coming into John Stewart’s world, which is a different world with a different fandom. It’s not the same time or the same thing, so I’m not sure if we should expect the same results.

Another thing I can’t help but notice is the prominence of Guy Gardner in these images. I hope the focus of the story stays strongly on John Stewart. I also do not care for the addition of Simon Baz. This is the least excited I’ve been for a new John Stewart series since Tomasi and Pasarin started Green Lantern Corps in the New 52, and that’s because it doesn’t really look better or even as good to me than what we had before, and even before that.

All this said, I’m looking forward to Edge of Oblivion, and I really hope it does well, but I find the look of this book grim, dark (thematically and in its color palette), and dire, and while I don’t expect a Sunday picnic, that’s not what I’m looking for in Green Lantern. I don’t like that it looks like characters like Arisia and Kilowog may take backseats to Guy and maybe Baz.

speaking of Arisia, I think she looks too masculine, with her even shorter haircut, harder face, and more muscled body. This type of thing appeared in Ivan Reis’ variant cover for issue #1 of Edge of Oblivion (as did the grimaces and overly dark color palette). I believe Arisia is supposed to be attractive, but I’m not too attracted to muscly women with hard faces. I understand these are super hero comics, and hyper masculinity is often a part of them, but I’d prefer if that didn’t pour over to the female characters. So, ultimately, while the art I’ve seen for Edge of Oblivion without a doubt displays a ton of skill, stylistically, it’s not the flavor I’m looking for, but we’ll see if my opinion changes when the book is released, which is entirely possible.

Be sure to pick up Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 this coming January.

26th November 2015

Green Lantern Corps Film Said to be Hal Jordan and John Stewart Team-Up

According to CosmicBookNews.Com, the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie is described as:

“Hal Jordan and John Stewart in a ‘Lethal Weapon in space’ team-up.”

I have no idea whether there is any weight behind this rumor. From what I’ve heard, Cosmic Book News isn’t really the most reliable source, but I don’t really know.

I honestly think teaming John Stewart with Hal Jordan is a terrible idea. First of all, it seems like a desperate attempt by certain behind the scenes people who love Hal Jordan to find a way to still have him in the films, since John Stewart is likely inevitable at this point, given all the rumors we’ve heard about John.

Some may wonder, “Why only have John Stewart, when you can make both fanbases happy?”

In answer, team-ups between John Stewart and Hal Jordan have never worked to John’s benefit. John is typically portrayed as the Black Best Friend while Hal Jordan gets to be the glamorous star, and I’m personally not interested in watching that. One thing that DC and WB need to realize is that attempting to unite Hal Jordan and John Stewart fans is futile and pointless. I’m not saying this because I enjoy the conflict. I’m saying this because it’s realistic, and having been involved in the conflict probably about as much as anyone can be, I’m pretty confident I know where both sides are coming from.

You can’t get me to like Hal Jordan, because I just don’t care for that character, and I know many John Stewart fans who feel the same way. Teaming John up with Hal Jordan is not going to do any good, especially if–like so many of their team-ups–John is taking a backseat to Hal Jordan.

We’re essentially dealing with two completely different fanbases. They are not looking for the same things. They are not stimulated by the same things. I’d like to use the Tom King written Justice League Green Lantern: Darkseid War one-shot comic that was recently released. On the internet, the Hal Jordan fans I witnessed had nothing but glowing praise for it. When I looked over at the John Stewart fanbase, who were fooled into looking into the book due to an incredibly misleading solicitation, they hated it.

On the flipside, there’s the Green Lantern: Lost Army series, which recently concluded. I love it! I have not seen many hardcore John Stewart fans who don’t enjoy it. The Hal Jordan fandom, however? Typically, at best, it’s just okay, and from what I’ve seen, most of them don’t seem to care for it. John Stewart fans love the flashbacks that shed light on John’s time in the military, while Hal Jordan fans think they’re a waist of space.

What stimulates a Hal Jordan fan does not necessarily stimulate a John Stewart fan, and may actually repel them, and vice versa. Attempting to unite both factions is a wasted effort that may actually divide them further.

In the cinematic universe, I believe the best thing WB can do is commit to a single Earth Green Lantern, and considering Hal Jordan’s last effort bombed so horribly, that Lantern should be John Stewart, who is immortalized by the phenomenal Justice League cartoon series. The stipulation someone put in place that John Stewart cannot appear in any media unless Hal Jordan is present needs to be trashed entirely. WB needs to let John Stewart off the leash, pull him out from behind Hal Jordan’s shadow, and let him be all he can be, like Bruce Timm did in the cartoons, to great success.

Share your thoughts on this development below. I’m interested in hearing what others think of this.