Green Lantern has Reportedly been Cast

on March 4, 2015

According to Latino-Review’s Umberto Gonzales, well known for being a reliable source for movie news, DC/WB has finally cast the Green Lantern. He does not know who will be playing the Emerald Crusader as of yet, however, and perhaps more importantly, which particular Green Lantern will be featured.

For going on two years, fans have fought a bitter and passionate “war” over what Green Lantern should be featured in the DC Cinematic Universe. The battles have taken place all across social media, from Youtube, Twitter, various message boards, blogs, and so on.

This disagreement about fictional characters touches a larger issue about diversity within comics and superhero movies and television shows. John Stewart is DC Comics’ most celebrated Black character and there are many who would delight in seeing a Black superhero with a major, idealized role in big budget films. However, Hal Jordan, a White superhero that predates John Stewart, is perceived by some to be more important to the Green Lantern mythos, and they feel that if Green Lantern is to be represented, the story should start with him.

It’s a classic pro-advancement vs. conservative war. Does DC/WB push forward to accommodate a changing demographic and mindset, or do they stick with the White hero in honor of the comics, which were made generations ago for a different demographic and mindset?

Though the race issue is one of the largest points involved in this, and it cannot be ignored, there are other factors that have nothing to do with race.

Hal Jordan received a movie in 2011 titled Green Lantern, which was both a critical and financial failure. To distance future projects from that movie, many feel that John Stewart should be the Green Lantern of the new cinematic universe. However, others counter that heroes like Superman, Batman, and the Hulk have had bad movies, and yet they were given more chances, and Hal Jordan should be, too. Then there are those who say that thanks to Bruce Timm’s Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons, John Stewart is this generation’s Green Lantern, and the one most people who know of Green Lantern are acclimatized to. Others argue that Hal Jordan shouldn’t be shoved aside “because of a cartoon.”

Me being the webmaster of a Green Lantern John Stewart website, I, of course, back John Stewart all the way. I have put together two essays to counter common arguments against using John Stewart as the main Green Lantern in the cinematic universe, which can be found below:

Addressing Arguments Against Using John Stewart as the Cinematic Green Lantern
Addressing Arguments Against Using John Stewart as the Cinematic Green Lantern – Part 2

Things are looking good for those of us who want to see John Stewart instead of Hal Jordan. Umberto Gonzalez presumes that the Lantern DC/WB has cast is John Stewart, based on information that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson passed up the John Stewart role, which DC/WB offered him, for Black Adam. He tweeted:

Let’s also not forget Marc Guggenheim’s quote about DC having “other plans” for John Stewart, which prevent the character from being used in the Arrow television show, or the many stars who have expressed interest in playing the character, from Tyrese, to Idris Elba, The Rock, Michael Jai White, and Chadwick Boseman.

This time of uncertainty is coming to an end. GreenLantern.Co will keep you up to date with GL cinematic news.

12 responses to “Green Lantern has Reportedly been Cast”

  1. Hudson Faber says:

    Yeah, the fact that the Rock was in contention makes me think John is the character they want to use. I am SUPER excited! I hope they announce this soon. 🙂

    The do have to Unite the Seven, and St. Patrick’s Day is coming up… Lol

  2. Corey A Lee says:

    There is only 1 Batman, only 1 Superman, only 1 Hulk. The are MULTIPLE Green Lanterns. The Green Lantern is not just Hal Jordan. Those before mentioned heroes kept getting chances because they (for the most part) are not legacy heroes. Hal Jordan was replaced numerous times. Despite what H.E.A.T. members and Geoff Johns like to say, Hal Jordan is not that special or important. That’s why he kept getting replaced. Some people need to stop living in the past.

  3. Corey A Lee says:

    Also, Comicstorian recently did a Origins for John.

  4. Clyde says:

    With each passing day, I get a little more excited at the prospect of John Stewart being officially selected by DC/WB. There is way too many hints indicating that John would be the one moving forward. When Dwayne Johnson tweeted that “John could totally whoop Superman’s a**”, that right there was a major hint. When actors of minority origins happen to be openly endorsing wanting to play said character, even though DC/WB hasn’t made any official announcements on which GL would be used, that again is another indication. And lastly , when talk of John being in the TV universe is shot down and replaced with “DC/WB has other plans for him” that should pretty much sign and seal the deal.

    Right now the only thing I’m waiting on is which actor will play John and will the announcement take place before, during or after San Diego’s Comic Book Convention 2015. It seems that John Stewart is primed and ready to take his place among the greatest heroes ever assembled on the DC side of things, not including Cyborg, because Martian Manhunter was robbed big time.

    • Desh Derringer says:

      ” not including Cyborg, because Martian Manhunter was robbed big time.”

      Agreed. I am really going to miss Martian Manhunter. Another big hint that DC/WB is moving forward with John Stewart is that Hal Jordan is no longer Green Lantern in the comics. His ring and title was stripped from him in the latest issue of Green Lantern, which is issue #40.

  5. Hudson Faber says:

    Hey, Desh! Check out this “Kalvin Ellis” guy in the comments:

    • Desh Derringer says:

      The situation has gotten ridiculous. It’s like you can’t even bring up John Stewart without some defensive, insecure Hal Jordan fan appearing to slam the character. Even when the topic is not even about John Stewart vs. Hal Jordan in any way, shape, or form.

      Hal Jordan has the most insufferable fanbase I’ve ever seen. For anything.

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