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24th February 2014

Michael B. Jordan to Play Green Lantern John Stewart?

Once again, John Stewart’s name is running across the rumor mill surrounding the Man of Steel sequel. According to El Mayimbe from Latino Review, director Zack Snyder is looking for a physically fit Black male actor in his early twenties.

“… the production is currently looking for a black actor in his early 20s who is also physically fit. Here is the kicker though: the part is for a small role in the untitled Batman Vs Superman movie BUT will be recurring in other upcoming DCU films.”

El Mayimbe’s source claims that actor Michael B. Jordan has met with Snyder regarding the role. El Mayimbe has speculated it could be for Green Lantern John Stewart, or Dick Grayson. Another character fans are naming as a possibility is Cyborg.

My personal opinion toward Cyborg is generally negative. I have never been particularly fond of the character, and Geoff Johns hasn’t won me over with him in the rebooted New 52 comic universe, where Cyborg has enjoyed a surge of exposure, thanks to being a founding member of the Justice League. Johns has only made the character worse, in my opinion. As such, I would rather not see Cyborg, because I think that spot could go to more worthy characters, such as another female hero, like Hawkgirl.

I continue to believe the push Cyborg has been getting is an example of reverse diversity. I think it was primarily done to keep Black people from complaining about a lack of representation, but with a hidden agenda to keep DC’s most popular and most appropriate Black character for the Justice League, Green Lantern John Stewart, out of the League, so they can use the White Green Lantern character, Hal Jordan.

Can I prove that? No. But seeing as how it’s obvious that DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has an immense love for Hal Jordan (who he wrote for nine years in the Green Lantern comic title), and an obvious lack of love for John Stewart (who he buried for nine years), I would say it’s probable. I don’t support reverse diversity, or disingenuous diversity. I feel that Geoff Johns is, unfortunately, using Cyborg as a tool to perpetuate such dishonest practices. What lends more credence to that view is that for twenty-eight issues of Justice League, Johns has used Cyborg for very little. The fans actually had to figuratively scream at Johns to get him to do something with Cyborg, such as changing the horrendous design the character debuted with in the New 52. That gives me a feeling that Johns doesn’t have a sincere interest in the character.

El Mayimbe has had some hits, but plenty of misses. I’m inclined to believe that this latest rumor is not true, or at least not entirely, because Michael B. Jordan has basically confirmed that he’s playing the Marvel character Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four film. I doubt we will see Michael B. Jordan in a DC film and a Marvel film within such close proximity to each other, time-wise. As always, we’ll just have to wait and see.

I have a feeling that even if Cyborg is included in the Justice League, that doesn’t mean John Stewart will not be present as well. As ‘revolutionary’ as it sounds, they may actually have two Black men in a Justice League feature at the same time.

We’ve heard so much about John Stewart –from Idris Elba directly saying he wants to play the character, to rumors of Denzel Washington in talks to play the character, to The Rock namedropping John Stewart all over the internet– that I have a good feeling John will be Green Lantern. We’ve heard nothing about Hal Jordan.

Also worth noting is that John Stewart has been receiving a strong resurgence in the pages of DC Comics, and I don’t think that’s coincidence. Van Jensen, writer of Green Lantern Corps, said in a podcast interview that DC wanted John Stewart to have a stronger presence in their comics. Apparently, John’s rising profile isn’t just due to Van Jensen’s love of the character, but also DC’s agenda, which very well may be a directive passed down from Warner Bros.

After all, with the subject of diversity in the superhero genre at an all-time high, it doesn’t make sense to bury your most popular minority character to promote another White character (Hal Jordan) who flopped hard at the box office and in stores. It also doesn’t make sense to not give The Rock, the biggest actor in Hollywood and a savior to hurting franchises (like Green Lantern), a role he’s been wanting to play.

So! Rumors, rumors, and more rumors. If you ask me, it’s about time we start getting some concrete information, already. As ever, greenlantern.co will keep you up to speed.


Oa, by the way

The rumors of The Rock playing Green Lantern John Stewart have brought up an interesting question among some.

Is The Rock Black enough to play John Stewart?

I’ve read opinions about this on both ends of the board, such as in this article from Badass Digest. Some feel that casting The Rock as Green Lantern would be a slap in the face to people who look like African-Americans, since it would be an example of the trope But not too Black, which means that Warner Bros. may be interested in showcasing a Black character in a strong role, but only if they’re somewhat “Whitewashed,” in the belief that they’re more marketable that way.

I’m aware that the way I view race may not be the same as the next person, but I see The Rock as a Black person. His father, Rocky Johnson, is a Black man, and I don’t believe The Rock’s traits as a Black person are so diluted that he’s not convincing as a Black person. If The Rock is cast as John Stewart, it would not be the first time he’s played a Black character in a motion picture. G.I. Joe Retaliation features The Rock playing the character Roadblock, for instance.

If you look at the above image, The Rock is of a comparable skin tone with John Stewart, and he even resembles the character, in my opinion, so I really don’t see a problem.

I would like to open up a dialogue with you readers, though. Do you feel The Rock is ‘Black enough’ to do justice to the role of Green Lantern John Stewart? Sound off below, and feel free to comment on the Michael B. Jordan rumors, too.



19th February 2014

Green Lantern Corps #31, Smallville Season 11: Lantern #2, and Batman Beyond Universe #10 Solicitations

The DC Comics Solicitations for May 2014 are in. Let’s have a look and see what’s in store for Green Lantern John Stewart in the spring season. First up is Green Lantern Corps #31.

Written by VAN JENSEN
Art by BERNARD CHANG
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
“UPRISING” part 2! As the Corps reels from the Battle for Mogo, John Stewart leads a team of Green Lanterns into the heart of enemy territory on a desperate rescue mission to save the Lanterns abducted by the Durlans and the Khund. This prison break is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! And as the Durlans train their sights on the next battlefield in the war, a long-lost member of the Corps returns! Continued from this month’s GREEN LANTERN #31!

Beautiful cover by Stephen Segovia. The Durlan War continues to rage, and a long lost member of the Corps returns? Who could that be? Ch’p? Katma Tui? They’re dead, of course, but this is comics, so anything is possible. Both Lanterns got a nod in last week’s Green Lantern Corps #28. Could that be some kind of foreshadowing? We’ll see! This is part two of a story called “Uprising.” Part one happens in Green Lantern #31, so readers may want to check that out, too.

Elsewhere, Green Lantern John Stewart meets Tom Welling’s Clark Kent in Smallville Season 11: Lantern #2.

Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by MARCIO TAKARA
Cover by CAT STAGGS
On sale MAY 14 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 4, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Clark Kent is just beginning to grasp the potential of the Green Lantern ring, but all of John Stewart’s training hasn’t prepared him for the battle they’re about to face. Will Clark need to use his natural super powers to defeat an enemy John fears?

This is quite exciting to me. I’m actually a fan of the first three seasons of Smallville. New episodes of that show were being aired during the same time period as Justice League. There were several great DC television shows on the air at the time (others being Teen Titans and Static Shock), and I have long wanted to see a John Stewart appearance in Smallville. It looks like I finally get my wish in May!

Speaking of DC television shows, our next stop is a comic series based on one. Batman Beyond Universe #10 pits Batman Beyond against the Justice Lords; a popular set of villains from the legendary Justice League episode “A Better World.”

Written by CHRISTOS N. GAGE and KYLE HIGGINS
Art by DEXTER SOY, THONY SILAS and MATEO GUERRIRO
Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
On sale MAY 21• 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
“JUSTICE LORDS BEYOND” continues! As Batman’s journey through the dystopian world of the Justice Lords takes an unexpected and deadly turn, the true meaning of Wonder Woman’s return is revealed – you must not to miss this!

It’ll be nice to see Green Lantern and Hawkgirl together again. It’s no secret how much of a fan of that relationship I am.

The Green Lantern Corps Volume 3 trade paperback titled “Willpower” will also be coming out.

If you’re interested in seeing what John Stewart was up to prior to the Van Jensen run of Green Lantern Corps, you can check out this volume.

John Stewart fans may also want to check out the Futures End weekly title that will arrive in May, since we’ve been told that John Stewart will play a role in that. More information on that in this update’s Oa, By the Way…. There is also Injustice Year 2 #5, which very well may feature a notable John Stewart appearance.

May looks like a busy month for John Stewart. There are many cool looking books for us to pick up!


Oa, by the way

Clevver Movies comments on some of the casting and rumors surrounding the Man of Steel sequel. Regarding the Lex Luthor rumors, it seems some were true and some weren’t. There was also truth to some of the Nightwing rumors. It’s comforting to know there is truth to some of the many rumors related to the film. There has been so much going on about Green Lantern John Stewart that I’m pretty confident we’ll see him in the DC Cinematic Universe.

Concerning John Stewart movie rumors, things have been a bit quiet the past few weeks, with the last ‘event’ being The Rock’s response to a certain IGN article. greenlantern.co will keep you up to date with the latest. For now, check out the Clevver Movies video:



13th February 2014

Green Lantern Corps #28 Review

Van Jensen goes solo for the first time in Green Lantern Corps #28. Check out what greenlantern.co has to say about it in the review:

“I will go as far to say that Jensen’s John Stewart is the best to be found anywhere. Jensen is the first Green Lantern writer ever that fully understands everything that was ever great about the character, and he incorporates all of it. Jensen’s done his research. He’s read almost every notable John Stewart appearance there has been. He’s watched the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons. He’s listened to the character’s true fans and knows what they like about him and what they want to see.”

Read more.

Be sure to pick the issue up. When Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo team up, you can bank on a top-class comic book.


Oa, by the way

TheGenerationWest has put together a video with sound clips of all of John Stewart’s voice actors. Unsurprisingly, my favorite is Phil LaMarr, the voice actor who portrays John Stewart in Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Take a listen!



8th February 2014

Green Lantern Corps Sale – February 8th Only

Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, and Robert Venditti’s Green Lantern Corps comics from issues #21 to #27 are on sale at comixology.com for one day only (today!). Each issue is only 99 cents. If, for some reason, you’ve been holding off on getting these, now is the time to strike. Any fan of Green Lantern John Stewart should be reading the current Green Lantern Corps comics, and issue #21 is the perfect jumping on point. Check out the sale right here. Spread the word, John Stewart fans!


Oa, by the way

Speaking of Green Lantern Corps, the preview for issue #28 is out, and it looks incredible. Van Jensen continues to write stories full of character, and the visuals of Marcelo Maiolo and Bernard Chang are off the charts. Check out the full preview here. Green Lantern Corps #28 is due out February 12th.



5th February 2014

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Responds to Green Lantern Rumors

There’s more news regarding Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson playing Green Lantern John Stewart in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel and/or Justice League film(s). IGN reported on The Rock’s Instagram post where he randomly name drops John Stewart in a hashtag. For those who missed that, you can see more about it in this article.
Via Twitter, The Rock responded to IGN, saying:

As was mentioned in last update’s Oa, By the Way… The Rock has announced that he’s locked up to work with DC Comics and Warner Bros. and he’s been mentioning Green Lantern John Stewart repeatedly through social media. He’s either a really evil man to tease and troll fans in this manner (which I doubt), or he’s going to be playing our favorite Green Lantern (a character he’s been desiring to play) in upcoming films. Naturally, the Internet is ablaze with the news, so here are some sites to check out:

IGN Article
Batman News Article
Comicbookmovie.com Article

If The Rock is going to play John Stewart, I hope he is clean shaven and with hair. I always preferred that look to the bald John with the goatee.


Oa, by the way

Speaking of all this Green Lantern movie news, I thought I’d share a Black Nerd video that addresses prospective properties for DC Comic movies. If you don’t know or remember Black Nerd, he made it into this updates Oa, By the Way…

This time, he goes through a list of six DC heroes he feels deserve movies. Guess who lands the number two spot! Check out the video.