UPDATE: Green Lantern Corps Writer Van Jensen Interviews in Preparation for “UPRISING”
on April 15, 2014
In preparation for next month’s “UPRISING” event, which will run between Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps, Van Jensen, writer of Green Lantern Corps, has taken some time to do some interviews. He discusses the recent struggles the Corps has been facing and what they’ll soon be up against with ComicVine:
“It’s hard to choose. My job is writing about aliens and monsters and heroes and sentient planets and all kinds of amazing things. But probably the best part has been the opportunity to shine the spotlight squarely on John Stewart.”
I think I speak for many Green Lantern John Stewart fans when I say that I’m very happy Van Jensen has focused on John Stewart as well as he has. It is quite weird that John Stewart has such a large audience and fanbase from television, but many of the comic creators couldn’t be bothered to give him the time of day.
Van also had a word with Comicosity to shed a little more light on the shape-shifting Durlan menace:
“The Durlans make a great villain for the Corps for a few reasons. The key one is that the Durlans as shape-shifters are all about deception. They can take any form, so they’re the perfect covert agents. And as we’ve seen, they have burrowed their way deep into the Corps. The Durlans also can take any form they think of, which is a neat analog of the Lanterns’ ability to create constructs in any form.”
I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Green Lantern John Stewart. Something tells me things won’t be the same after “UPRISING.”
Van Jensen has made the rounds across IGN, Newsarama, and Comic Book Resources offering even more great information about “Uprising.”
“This is something I really wanted to explore from day one with John. The “Batman: Zero Year” tie-in issue that we did, “Green Lantern Corps” #25, really set up that history with John, which is to say that he has gone through this type of situation once before. His experience with the Marine Corps and his leadership as part of a militaristic organization led him astray. I think that’s really natural and a truism of conflict, that it breeds more conflict. With the Marine Corps, the story was that John essentially saw an organization that was leading him astray, that he disagreed with, and he decided to walk away from it.”
It sounds like John Stewart may wind up being leader of the Green Lantern Corps after all. Robert Venditti and Van Jensen are into long-form storytelling, so perhaps they wanted to send John Stewart on a journey to prove himself before just being bestowed the title, like Hal Jordan was.
“Yeah, she’s a central part of the book. She’s a fascinating, complex character. She’s very passionate, but very strong-willed. Really, what her and John’s relationship brings to the book is — where we started, in Issue #21, John had been focused on the past and focused on past failures, and through her love for him and through her strength as a character, she sort of showed him a different path, getting over all the past failures and launching forward with a stronger sense of purpose and being more concerned with what tomorrow brings than what happened yesterday.”
Yrra Cynril (aka Fatality) has been a very interesting part of Green Lantern Corps. I don’t think her and John’s relationship will be in the same place after “Uprising.” Where will it be? We’ll have to wait and see.
“I think, at the end of “Uprising,” people are going to see that it seems like the Corps has gone through their darkest hour, and that things have changed in monumental ways, and it will seem like it couldn’t possibly go any worse for John Stewart or the rest of the Lanterns, but even after that, they’re going to have to dig down deeper.”
Well, I’m hooked! Jensen says many of the plot threads from Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps will be wrapped up here. Don’t miss this one, John Stewart fans.
Newsarama recently ran a feature discussing ten superheroes who should get their own feature films right now, and… you guessed it, Green Lantern John Stewart is on the list!
10 DC COMICS Characters That Should Have Movies NOW
All the support for a rebooted Green Lantern movie franchise starring John Stewart is very encouraging. I’m sure WB has heard us. By now, I think that anyone who keeps up with superhero movie news and discussion has. I’d like to take this moment to post some comments from Twitter that show support for a Green Lantern John Stewart film.
Cee Jay @CeeChalla Apr 12
If Green Lantern gets a reboot, please have John Stewart as the main man.
Kylie Haizlip @KylieHaizlip Apr 12
I like the old Justice League cartoons because they have John Stewart as Green Lantern instead of Hal Jordan
Nichole @Nichole__Online Apr 12
@HelenaWayneDCnU John Stewart has been and forever will be the only Green Lantern that matters to me
Eli Hernandez @EliHernandez Apr 10
@SuperHeroReport oh God no! Ryan Reynolds was awful! They need to reboot it and have John Stewart as Green Lantern.
wp @WinstonShaolin Apr 5
@IGN Yes I believe DC Comics can save Green Lantern w/ Gareth Edwards directing and Idris Elba as John Stewart/Green Lantern.
ashley! @ashleyrools Apr 3
All I want in life is a John Stewart / Green Lantern movie.
Ig: mr_freshfeet23 @Great_Britton23 Apr 3
@Legendary I believe that a krypton prequel with Russell Crowe is necessary i also think that the John Stewart green lantern is too
jones @steel_thaboss Apr 2
“@ChickenColeman: I’m still PISSED they made the Green Lantern white in that movie a few years back” John Stewart the realest GL ever
BlackGirlNerds @BlackGirlNerds Mar 31
Chadwick Boseman as John Stewart? Yep I can see it.
demon goat queen @humhallelujahs Mar 28
for that matter, why make a green lantern movie thats not about john stewart green lantern
ai-shah @AishahRdzn Mar 27
But they’re making a movie with THE GREATEST GREEN LANTERN HANDS DOWN JOHN STEWART YA CAN GO AWAY HAL JORDAN
dan costales @phanurius Mar 24
@TDSpidey616 just if you weren’t aware, Taimur, John Stewart is the best Green Lantern and Hal Jordan is the worst. pic.twitter.com/MYOUpz7uZ0
Andrew Wheeler @Wheeler Mar 22
@riskteenz For a lot of fans John Stewart is the Green Lantern, so casting a white actor in the movie felt to them like being denied a hero.
I’m just going to stop there, but I could go on all day with this stuff.
The market is there, WB. People are not shying away from a Black superhero lead. They are asking you for it. Please do not let us down!