A lot of announcements were made at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, but probably one of the subtlest yet best came from DC with their announcement that the next solo Green-Lantern movie would be a Green Lantern Corps. movie.
Green Lantern is one of DC’s biggest heroes and it was a disaster when the 2011 movie featuring Ryan Reynolds crashed and burned. With the complete reboot of the DCMU in progress, Green Lantern is something that DC needs to get right; they have Batman, Superman, Woder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash all cast, but no Hal Jordan. I think that this clearly shows DC and Warner Bros. are taking their time with the property to make sure it is the big hit it should be.
Green Lantern is a cool sci-fi property and having the movie be about the entire corps. could set it in space and have a similar feel to Guardians of the Galaxy. The Green Lantern canon is old and rich, filled with plenty of amazing characters and deep stories.
The coolest thing about this movie is that we are guaranteed to get more than one Green Lantern.
Although Hal Jordan is the most known Lantern figure, there have been multiple characters that put on the ring. In the past, other fan favorite Green Lanterns have emerged aside Hal which gives a pretty good guess of who will show up in the movie.
Behind Hal, the second most popular Green Lantern is easily John Stewart. I think that there is no question Stewart is a part of the Corps. film. A lot of people were hoping that Arrow’s John Diggle would somehow become John Stewart Green Lantern, but it looks like the big screen will incorporate the character instead.
There is a chance that this first movie only features Hal and John, but if DC is smart, they will use the Green Lantern Corps. movie to cast two other big Lantern roles; Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner. Rayner steps in after Jordan and Stewart but does a great job as well because he can overcome fear very easily and has a personality to match it.
Guy Gardner is a big fan favorite who gives off more of a greaser/punk vibe from his attire. Gardner had an abusive alcoholic dad and an overall rough upbringing and was one of the two people (the other being Hal Jordan) chosen by the ring of Abin Sur to become the next Green Lantern. Jordan got there first but later on Gardner becomes a Lantern as well.
These four characters are all staples in the DC comics universe and Warner Bros. has yet another chance to take golden material and bring it to life. Each of these Latnern characters are unique in their own way and all have great stories to be told. While I would still like the main focus to be on Hal Jordan, I think that quickly incorporating a Green Lantern Corps. motion picture opens up for tons of possibilities.
If DC and Warner Bros. can get this movie right, it might even set fans up to see one of the best DC stories around; “Blackest Night.”