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30th June 2014

Kevin Smith and Van Jensen Endorse Seeing John Stewart in Film

Kevin Smith Van Jensen

There is good news for fans of Green Lantern John Stewart. Recently, film director and actor, Kevin Smith, endorsed using Green Lantern John Stewart in upcoming DC Comics related films on his podcast “Fatman on Batman,” while he was hosting comic book legend, Neal Adams, who happens to be John Stewart’s creator. This may not seem particularly notable, seeing as how there are many people who want to see John, but there very well may be something special to this.

Smith happens to be great friends with Ben Affleck, who is set to play Batman in the upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zack Snyder, the main driving force behind said film. Kevin Smith has had plenty of inside information due to his connection with the two luminaries. For example, he was privy to the new batsuit and batmobile before other outsiders, and he confirmed the list of films that was reported by Nikki Finke to be announced at San Diego Comic-Con, stating that he’s known about it for a while but couldn’t say anything.

In short, if any outsider knows anything, it’s Kevin Smith. He has unofficially become the mouthpiece of the DC Cinematic Universe. During the “Fatman on Batman” podcast, both Smith and Neal Adams expressed displeasure at the 2011 Green Lantern film for using Hal Jordan as the lead character instead of John Stewart. If Kevin Smith knows WB’s plans for Green Lantern, (as he very well may), it’s highly unlikely that he would publicly disparage using the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern if he knows WB is planning on using that character. That means if Smith is aware of WB’s plants, it’s pretty apparent that John Stewart is a sure thing!

When Smith was specifically asked about The Flash and Green Lantern team up film in a “Hollywood Babble” podcast, he stated:

“All of it’s good. I’m just so delighted that we’re going to see that. The Sandman movie is more like, ‘I’m happy to see it, but it’s a little bit outside of the hero movies. But I’m happy to see that, too.”

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The Flash and Green Lantern team up gets Smith’s seal of approval, and he feels strongly about John Stewart being used? Could that be telling?

Zoom to the 46 minute mark to hear Smith and Adams discuss Green Lantern on “Fatman on Batman.”
FAT MAN ON BATMAN #071: NEAL ADAMS: AD-MAN RETURNS

That’s not all! Van Jensen, current writer of Green Lantern Corps, and another figure who may have an idea of WB’s Lantern strategy, has also publicly endorsed Green Lantern John Stewart via Twitter.

Jensen is pretty clearly implying that if the supposed Flash and Green Lantern team up film does not have John Stewart, he’s not interested in it. That’s a pretty bold statement for a current writer of Green Lantern and Flash comic books to make.

Another factor to keep in mind is that according to the show runners of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. executives did not want them to use Hal Jordan in the film, but the producers really wanted to, so WB acquiesced.

From an interview from IAmRogue.Com:

“So the relationship between Superman and Green Lantern came out of them improvising together?

Miller: Well, we had the idea basically, which was Superman is cool and Green Lantern wants to hang out with him, but Superman does not want to hang out with Green Lantern. Then we just put in everything we could think of, rolled with it and tried a bunch of things. There are a couple of really funny things that just didn’t end up making into the film.

Lord: Channing does a really loveable version of trying to get rid of somebody because he’s such a genuine guy. He’s really polite. So it seemed like a good pickle to put him in and to have this guy just bothering him all the time. Then Jonah does a really funny and loveable version of trying to get on the team and wanting to be part of something.

Miller: He’s the friendly, annoying neighbor.

Lord: So it was a way of doing it without being mean.

Miller: It took a little convincing over at the Brothers Warner to get to do it.

Lord: Green Lantern was a fresh wound at the time we were making the movie.”

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Of course, there is a big difference in being a lego with a bit part and appearing again in a big budget live action film with an integral role.

So, John Stewart fans, do you think any of these recent developments mean anything toward the chances of us seeing a live action John Stewart in the burgeoning DC Universe? Are you optimistic, or do you have reservations? Also, if John Stewart is NOT the Green Lantern in the DC Cinematic Universe, how will you personally respond to that? Will it make no difference to you? Will you be upset but still go see the films? Will you boycott them altogether?

Let us know in the comments section below!


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Preview

The preview of Green Lantern #33 is available at The Nerdist, and it features John Stewart! This is the fifth part of the six part “Uprising” arc. Things are really building toward the climax as the Green Lantern Corps attempts to defend the planet Zezzen from the Durlans. This title will be available July 2. Go check out the preview!
EXCLUSIVE: DC COMICS’ GREEN LANTERN #33 PREVIEW


26th June 2014

“DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime” DVD Compilation Announced

Super Villains

The hit cartoon shows Justice League and Justice League Unlimited still seem to be very profitable for Warner Bros. to continue milking. I don’t have a problem with that, however. After all, Justice League is my favorite cartoon show.

On October 7th, 2014, Warner Home Video will release the DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime DVD compilation, which collects thirteen classic episodes from Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Batman Beyond. It will retail for $19.97. Of special interest to Green Lantern John Stewart fans are the episodes “Hearts and Minds,” “Secret Society,” and “The Return.” Actually, the entire first disc looks like a big celebration of Green Lantern John Stewart, seeing as how “Hearts and Minds” is one of the strongest appearances from the character EVER, and “Secret Society” showcases him leading the Justice League in their battle against Gorilla Grodd’s gang of evil-doers. “The Return” is a proud showing for John and the Green Lantern Corps.

This package is definitely worth picking up for fans of Green Lantern John Stewart who don’t already have these episodes in a collection, and those completist collectors out there have another cool item to add to their repertoire. The official synopsis is as follows:

A collection of bad guys who are powerful and audacious enough to challenge the Justice League. These villains are not just threats to one super team, but the entire DC Universe! Featuring super villains from Lex Luthor, Sinestro to Darkseid.

And lastly, the episode list:

Disc 1
1. Tabula Rasa, Part 1
2. Tabula Rasa, Part 2
3. Hearts and Minds, Part 1
4. Hearts and Minds, Part 2
5. Secret Society, Part 1
6. Secret Society, Part 2
7. The Return,

Disc 2
8. Divided We Fall
9. I am Legion
10. Dead Reckoning
11. The Great Brain Robbery
12. The Call, Part 1
13. The Call, Part 2


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Moments

Last time one of these sorts of collections was released, I posted a superbly written Justice League fanfic in “Oa, By the Way…” to celebrate. That story was about Green Lantern and Hawkgirl being stranded on the garbage planet they happened across in their “War World” adventure. It is a fanfic I can’t recommend enough, which is not something I often do for fanfics unless specifically asked.

This time, I’m going to do something extremely similar and post another “War World” fanfic featuring Hawkgirl and Green Lantern called “Moments,” written by DescendingFrost.

This fic is a sort of novelization of Hawkgirl and Green Lantern’s parts in the episode with an additional prologue leading up to the events fans are familiar with. If you’re feeling like going back and revisiting one of the most classic Green Lantern and Hawkgirl stories, this is a fun way to do it.

“Moments.”



16th June 2014

Green Lantern Corps #32 Review

Part four of the “Uprising” crossover is here in Green Lantern Corps #32. Let’s see how it measures up in GreenLantern.Co’s review.

“The Green Lantern Corps is in for surprises and perils as the “Uprising” crossover continues into its fourth part, and the story really picks up. Incredibly stunning artwork, a suspenseful narrative with great action, an excellent depiction of John Stewart, a slew of imaginative aliens in a great setting, and a dense story that seems like a feast of content makes this issue a total grand slam.”

Read more.

Keep visiting GreenLantern.Co for more news and content about Green Lantern John Stewart!



13th June 2014

Flash and Green Lantern Team-up Film Rumored for XMas 2017

Green Lantern + Flash

An article on NikkiFinke.Com reports that a slew of DC Comics related movies are slated between 2016 and 2018. Among them is a Flash and Green Lantern team-up film, allegedly scheduled for a Christmas 2017 release. According to this report, Ryan Reynolds will not be reprising his role as the Hal Jordan incarnation of Green Lantern. Unfortunately, there’s not much more to tell.

For the past year, one of the fiercest and most well-known debates in comic fandom has been regarding which incarnation of Green Lantern Warner Bros. should use for their burgeoning cinematic universe; John Stewart or Hal Jordan. Supporters of Jordan argue that Hal Jordan is a more important character in comic continuity, while fans of John Stewart bring out the character’s great success and fame from the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoon shows, and the failure of the Hal Jordan-centric 2011 Green Lantern film, in which a big complaint from people was that the Green Lantern wasn’t African American, like John Stewart.

This latest rumor, while interesting, doesn’t have anything to say about which Lantern will be showcased. I think we will know when San Diego Comic-Con happens in July. Stay tuned for more news.



9th June 2014

Green Lantern Corps #32 Preview

Green Lantern Corps

ComicBookResources.com has a preview of Green Lantern Corps #32, and I must say it looks stunning. The art and coloring is superb. The characters are marvelously rendered and the environments are extremely imaginative. Head over and have a look for yourself right here.

This is part four of the “Uprising” crossover, and it looks like things are going to really heat up. Don’t miss this one. Pick it up in print or digitally this coming Wednesday, June 11.


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Green Lantern Corps

Speaking of stunning art, here is a great Sean Chen piece that serves as the variant cover for Green Lantern Corps #33, which is due out in July. July is the month in which DC Comics celebrates the 75th anniversary of Batman, which is why the Caped Crusader is shown on the cover of GLC. We’ve been getting such great John Stewart art lately, of course from Bernard Chang, but also from artists like Francis Portela, Stephen Segovia, and Sean Chen shown here. Keep it coming, DC. I know I’ve justly criticized them quite a bit, but never let it be said that I don’t wholeheartedly support them when they do good things.