26th November 2015
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.