Justice League vs Bizarro League DTV Movie Announced… Sans Hal Jordan
on November 11, 2014
This news isn’t about John Stewart per se, but it relates to him in a roundabout way, and I have some thoughts about it. There is an upcoming direct to video film titled LEGO Justice League vs Bizarro League. You can view the trailer below.
Honestly, I have little interest in this movie itself. What does interest me, however, is Hal Jordan is not present, but rather, Guy Gardner appears as the Green Lantern in this film. What does this mean?
Ultimately, I believe it is a sign of WB playing coy again about exactly what they’re going to do in regards to Green Lantern in the cinematic universe. Let’s address the big questions.
Do I think this means the cinematic Green Lantern will be Guy Gardner?
No. DC and WB have been pushing their multiverse concept lately. Instead of rigidly making all media conform to a certain norm, as they did a few years ago, I think they’re loosening up and letting creators do what they want, and explaining differences in interpretations away with the concept of parallel universes. Thus, all of these various events are ‘valid,’ but they take place in different realities. I believe this is a reason why Guy Gardner is there.
What do I think Guy Gardner’s presence in this film means for John Stewart?
I think it drastically increases the chances of John Stewart being the Green Lantern in Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett’s upcoming animated film, Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Gardner’s presence in this Lego DTV movie is significant because it shows that the Green Lantern does not always have to be Hal Jordan in related media anymore. DC and WB are not 100% behind that incarnation of Green Lantern and are now open to the idea of exploring other options for cartoons, video games, and films. As such, even though the Green Lantern here is not John Stewart, this event is still a MASSIVE victory for John Stewart fans.
There are other events that are very important concerning this recent development.
Remember that Target exclusive DTV movie that came out last year, JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time? If so, you may have noticed that Hal Jordan is mysteriously absent.
There was likely a very good reason for not using Jordan. Leaving him out probably wasn’t just something to do. I believe that was one of the first signs that WB is changing gears and reconsidering how they present Green Lantern to audiences.
But you may be thinking, “Wait a minute, Desh. Hal Jordan will still be appearing in the upcoming Throne of Atlantis DTV and also the Lego Batman 3 video game.”
I have some thoughts about both of those, too. First, I’ll address Throne of Atlantis. It is my speculation that Hal Jordan will leave the Justice League in that movie, which would align with his departure in the New 52 Justice League comics. I don’t think the “Graves” arc from the comics will be adapted into a DTV, so instead of Jordan leaving during that story, he may leave during Throne of Atlantis, thus making way for a new Green Lantern. Above, I claimed that the Target exclusive DTV was one of the earliest signs of WB reconsidering their approach to Green Lantern, but I believe the first was Hal Jordan’s departure from the Justice League comics. Again, I doubt that was just something the creators did just because.
Regarding Lego Batman 3, John Stewart is actually in that game. This shows that WB is not keeping other Lanterns out of it so they can promote Hal Jordan as THE Green Lantern. Also, take a look at the cover of Lego Batman 3.
We see Batman and the other heroes typically associated with the League (plus Robin) and waaaaaay in the background, Hal Jordan is a tiny speck. Coincidence? I think not.
Speaking of cover art, let’s consider the covers for Justice League: War, and Throne of Atlantis.
WHERE IS HAL JORDAN!?
I think there are signs that WB is consciously moving away from that character, just like how it was abundantly clear when they were totally supporting him. If you remember DC Comics in the late 2000s or so, DC often even tried promoting Hal Jordan over Wonder Woman as part of their iconic Trinity of heroes. Now, WB won’t even let him appear on the box art of cartoon films he’s in.
My thoughts about all these issues are that certain creators are not allowed to use Hal Jordan, because WB is steering things away from him, but others may not be allowed to use John Stewart yet. DC and Warner Bros. may be holding off on totally going full throttle with John Stewart until they are ready, which may be in 2015. When asked if a Green Lantern will return to the Justice League comics, Geoff Johns, the writer, had this to say.
IGN: Cool. It looks like she’s sort of taking the place of Green Lantern. Are we going to see a Green Lantern proper come back?
Johns: Eventually, yes, you will. I can’t say when and who, but yes.
There is obviously a lot of intentional mystery surrounding the future of the Green Lantern franchise right now. I know all of this isn’t just my imagination. It also seems like DC is holding off on doing something with John and with Green Lantern in general, especially going by Geoff Johns’ quote. I believe how WB will handle Green Lantern in the cinematic universe is the source of all this mystery.
Most of this is speculation, but with good cause. I, of course, make no claims as to know exactly what will happen, but I will say this much:
NONE OF THE MOVES WB IS MAKING ARE TO THE BENEFIT OF THE HAL JORDAN CHARACTER. This weird enigmatic element surrounding Green Lantern does not support the idea that Hal Jordan will be the Green Lantern of the cinematic universe. It doesn’t support the idea that he will be the future Green Lantern to join the Justice League in the comics. Using Hal Jordan would just be business as usual, because DC and WB have made him the status quo for the last eight years. If they’re going to keep with that course, why the mystery? Why all these strange actions? Hal Jordan is now not being included in box art, or placed way in the back, he’s absent from DTV cartoons, whereas DC/WB used to use him whenever they could, and John Stewart was recently featured as the Green Lantern in the Smallville Universe, something that probably wouldn’t have happened had that story been written in 2010 or so.
I think the future is looking brighter than ever, John Stewart fans! I suspect 2015 will be the year John Stewart totally breaks out and all of this is cleared up. I think DC Comics and Warner Bros. have been patiently and steadily building him up in the Green Lantern Corps comics in an effort to win the comic reading audience over with the character before they decide to strongly push him in other media again.
If so, that is a wise course of action to take, as it would hopefully lessen the massive conflict of interests between the general audience and hardcore comic readers that has plagued Green Lantern for over a decade. Much of the problems with the franchise are due to the general audience knowing and wanting one character, but DC Comics and many of the hardcore Green Lantern comic fans wanting another.
Am I onto something, or is this all in my head? What are your speculations?
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