The IGN interview is rather inconclusive. If Gibson does have the role–as it seems he intentionally led people to believe–we know he cannot say so since the Instagram post that alludes to him being cast has vanished. As such, all he says to IGN is that he’s ready to play John and the decision is up to Warner Bros. He then tells a bit about the glories of social media.
Tyrese Gibson returned to his Instagram account to post himself as Green Lantern after taking about a month long break from flooding the internet with manipulated images depicting himself as the cosmic superhero. Last time, it seemed to be with the agenda to build support and awareness, and cultivate conversation about the prospect. This time, he suggests that he has sealed the deal with WB and gotten the role for the Emerald Crusader. He posted a picture of himself as Green Lantern along with the quote “The Oath – See you soon……..”
There is no other way to interpret this other than Tyrese has gotten the role for Green Lantern in WB’s upcoming DC cinematic projects. Prior to this last post, he suggested that he landed a meeting with WB executives about the part and then he went quiet about it. This is the strongest evidence we’ve thus had that John Stewart will be the cinematic Green Lantern. I, for one, am extremely excited.
I know Tyrese isn’t everyone’s top choice for John Stewart, but I greatly appreciate the passion he has for the character and I think he has a great look for the role. I look forward to seeing him soon.
The Instagram post has since been removed. Make of that whatever you will. As for me, it gives me even more assurance that John Stewart will be making his way to a theater near you. Tyrese has left us with a more general post that features many different images depicting him as Green Lantern, with the Green Lantern oath as a caption.
Van Jensen, Marcelo Maiolo, and Bernard Chang’s Green Lantern Corps run is officially over. I’ve mentioned it before, but it is my favorite run of any Green Lantern comics. See what the .Co review has to say about Green Lantern Corps #40.
“Van Jensen takes advantage of the opportunity that is granted to him by rewriting the event of Xanshi’s destruction, and making it far less damning to John Stewart. In my review for Secret Origins #9, I wrote that I wouldn’t trust anyone more than Jensen to write a new John Stewart origin, and the same goes for a rewrite of the Xanshi incident. Jensen has more than earned the trust of the John Stewart fanbase, and he tops off his run with a love letter to John’s fans, which cleans up a terrible moment in John’s past and gives him a bright future.”
Though Green Lantern Corps is over, don’t despair. John Stewart’s adventures will carry on in Green Lantern: The Lost Army, due out in June. Keep an eye on GreenLantern.Co for more information on the upcoming series.
Bernard Chang is celebrating the end of his Green Lantern Corps run by giving away the interior art for Green Lantern Corps #40. Check out his Instagram post below to see how to enter the running.
A photo posted by bernard chang (@thebernardchang) on
I would totally do this, but I buy my monthly comics digitally.
Van Jensen has taken to his tumblr and written another message to the fans about his experience writing John Stewart for two years:
“Today sees the release of Green Lantern Corps #40, the last issue of the title and my last issue as writer after a two-year run.
It’s been a pretty incredible time, both in terms of writing the series for 20 issues and the professional and personal changes I’ve seen over those two years.
I was hired to write the series almost exactly two years ago, amid a little controversy, and I had all of a week to write my first script. GLC #21 was the first single-issue comic I ever scripted, as well as my first foray into superhero comics. It was the moment that I went from a little-known indie comics guy to a mainstream writer.
It was a true trial by fire, and I jumped headlong into it. I struggled to keep my head above water at the start, and it was only through the guidance from Robert Venditti and editors Matt Idelson and Chris Conroy that I made it through. Also, I was blessed to work with incredible artists in Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo, and, later, Mirko Colak and Tony Avina.
It was, in every way, a dream come true. I leave looking back and seeing things I could’ve done better, but I have zero regrets.
GLC will always be a special book for me. It launched my career in comics. It was while writing the series that I left my job as an editor (a job I really loved, btw) to write full time. I also became a dad, which has been the biggest life change of all.
So, while every ending is bittersweet in part, I leave GLC happy. I wrote the stories I wanted to write. I challenged myself and found my footing. I dove into the job I’ve wanted since I was 5.
Van, Bernard, and Marcelo know that we’re seriously going to miss them. For quite a few of us, they reignited our interest in Green Lantern. I wish all of them the best, and I hope that they return to John Stewart someday.
Green Lantern Corps is ending, but this signals a new beginning for John Stewart as he takes the lead in a new series, Green Lantern: The Lost Army. Writer Cullen Bunn took some time with ComicBookResources.Com to talk about this new project.
“As I mentioned earlier, the Green Lanterns are going to disappear from the DC Universe. “Green Lantern: The Lost Army” is their story. It’s very literal. They are lost in another universe that they have never seen. It’s a completely alien, alien universe. It’s all-new for them. They have to learn to survive and figure out if they can make it home. They have to change the way they’ve done a lot of things. They’re scattered through this universe, so they have to find each other, and come together again in order to make it through this ordeal.
Most of the Green Lanterns from the DC Universe are over there, but I am going to focus on a core group of characters: John Stewart, Kilowog, Arisia; some new characters that you haven’t seen before, and some characters that you haven’t seen in green for a while.”
What immediately catches my attention is that John Stewart seems to be the only human Lantern focused on in this title, which really excites me. I was concerned that DC would stuff other human Lanterns in The Lost Army, which would diminish the focus on John Stewart. I like the premise of John-an African American from Detroit-being the lone human in alien environments and interacting with a bunch of weird extra-terrestrials. That is one of the features that drew me so much to Van Jensen’s Green Lantern Corps. I’m very happy to hear that DC Comics is continuing this set up, and I hope to see John continue to advance as a character.
The solicitation for the first issue of Green Lantern: The Lost Army has also been released.
GREEN LANTERN: THE LOST ARMY #1
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
1:25 Variant cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale JUNE 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Imagine waking up in a strange place where you didn’t recognize anything, and everyone you knew and loved was nowhere to be found. Now imagine that you are a Green Lantern. The rest of the Corps is missing, you don’t know where you are and there’s not a Power Battery to be found for as far as your ring can scan. Where are you? How did you get here? Those are just two of the many questions facing our heroes.
Starring John Stewart, Two-Six, Kilowog and Arisia, and featuring a surprise guest-star we promise you’ll never predict, LOST ARMY is an incredible journey of discovery, survival, morality and heartbreak. Never has the Corps been challenged in this way – and not everyone is going to make it home!
Despite the rather boring cover (which is this article’s header image, and which I’m hoping DC is only using as a place holder cover), I’m very excited about this series. As the solicitation says, look for this on June 24.
Rapper turned actor Common has expressed interest in playing the role of Green Lantern John Stewart… just like so many other actors. In case you didn’t know, Common was actually cast as John Stewart in the film Justice League: Mortal back in 2007. If you’ve never heard of Justice League: Mortal it’s probably because it never came out. The entire project was canned due to the writers’ strike.
With all the movie news surrounding John Stewart, ScreenRant.Com got a hold of Common and asked him if he was still interested in the role. Common had this to say:
“I would love to be John Stewart and play Green Lantern. That was one of those things where I was so excited because we rarely see African-American superheroes or people of color as a superhero. I think it would be great for the world to see, and for people to see, and for Hollywood to put that out there, too. But just for the world to see, just for kids to be able to see, for all nationalities to see a person of color as a superhero, too.
Plus, it’s just for the fun. Even the pre-production of getting the ‘go’ and studying Green Lantern. John Stewart is from Detroit, so he was this guy that was really for the community, and I really related to that. He used his powers to help people in the community. I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to be John Stewart, the Green Lantern!’ Unfortunately, it didn’t happen at that time. But maybe the possibility is that it could. I would love to.”
It’s really cool that Common is so familiar with John Stewart and greatly respects and appreciates him and what he has done. However, Common really would not be my choice for Green Lantern. Even so, his statements serve to get John Stewart’s name in even more headlines, which never hurts. Check out ScreenRant.Com for more on this story: Common Would Still Love To Play ‘Green Lantern’ in ‘Justice League’ Movie Universe
Speaking of headlines and movies, a Green Lantern John Stewart fan film by P3Series has been gaining traction. A short trailer of it has been released on Youtube.Com. Take a look at the video and leave an encouraging comment in the Youtube comments section. We John Stewart fans need to stick together and support each other.
The final issue of Green Lantern Corps is nearly upon us. The preview is up at Mancave Daily, and what a preview it is! There are huge revelations about John Stewart within the small amount of pages presented there. Van Jensen retcons the Xanshi incident from Cosmic Odyssey and tells of how it happened in the New 52 continuity. This version paints John Stewart in a much better light. What’s more, Katma Tui appears! This issue has already won me over.
In case you didn’t know, as of Green Lantern #40, which released on March 4, Hal Jordan is no longer a Green Lantern and is wanted by the Corps. In this period when WB is gearing up for their cinematic universe, and as we’re awaiting an announcement of Green Lantern in said universe, they make it so Hal Jordan is no longer Green Lantern in the comics. To me, this is further reason to believe that WB is getting behind John Stewart. I just thought this was worth mentioning, as this development likely means something for John Stewart’s position in the DC Universe, and even cinematic universe.