Earth. Sector 2814. Our protector: a member of the Green Lantern Corps. But whom? DC Entertainment has laid out their plans for the shared cinematic universe beginning with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. That film, which stars Ben Affleck (Bats) and Henry Cavill (Supes), will feature cameos of other Justice League members – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and possibly Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg). But one of the main members is noticeably absent… Green Lantern.
Though the Green Lantern reboot won’t be until 2020, there will be two Justice League movies prior to that. You would think they would need to select the next actor to star in the solo film for those. There is talk now about the possibility of more than one Lantern in the flick. That is still unconfirmed and a rumor, and PopCultHQ.com is not about speculation but truth. Still, that could definitely make for an interesting story, as well as exciting the fan base. So, with that being said, let’s take a look at the possible characters that could revive this superhero. Let’s run down the list of potential candidates…
First appearance: All-American Comics #16 (July 1940)
Teams Affiliated: Justice Society of America (1940), All-Star Squadron (1981), Sentinels of Magic (as Sentinel – 1999), Checkmate (as The White King – 2006)
History: The character Green Lantern was introduced in 1940, the Golden Age of comic books. The first Green Lantern, Scott found, upon donning his ring, that he had a weakness against wood. He is a founding member of the Justice Society of America. He is the father of Obsidian (Infinity Inc.) and Jade (Infinity Inc., Green Lantern).
First appearance: Showcase #22 (October 1959)
Teams Affiliated: Justice League (1960), nearly every Lantern Corps (Red, Sinestro/Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Black, and White – never a Star Sapphire/Violet or a member of the Indigo Tribe)
History: When the talented Lantern Abin Sur crashed to Earth and was dying, he had his ring search for a suitable replacement. The person to wield the ring my be of strong will. Hal Jordan was selected by the ring (due to proximity to Abin Sur, as Guy Gardner was also worthy). Hal was a pilot for Ferris Air following the footsteps of his father. Most well-known of all the Lanterns. Carol Ferris, daughter of Carl (owner of Ferris Air) and future Star Sapphire (Violet Lanterns), has maintained a close connection with Hal over the years. Long history and partnership with Green Arrow. Became Parallax for a brief period, as well as the Spectre. Instrumental in the Blackest Night event. Became a White Lantern.
First appearance: Green Lantern #59, vol. 2 (March 1968)
Teams Affiliated: Green Lantern Corps, Justice League International (1987), Red Lantern Corps (2013)
History: Initially selected as a back-up to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner evolved into a great Lantern in his own right. Spent time in the Phantom Zone (yes, like the one in Superman films). Consumed by the rage of the Red Lanterns, was a member of the group and struggled with its hold on him.
First appearance: Green Lantern #87, vol. 2 (January 1972)
Teams Affiliated: Green Lantern Corps, Darkstars (1992), Justice League (2002), Indigo Tribe (2011)
History: John Stewart is DC’s first black superhero. An architect and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Was the featured Green Lantern on the animated Justice League series (2001-2004). Was trained by, and eventually married, Katma Tui from Korugar.
First appearance: Green Lantern #48, vol. 3 (Jan 1994)
Teams Affiliated: Green Lantern Corps, Justice League, New Titans (1994), Blue-Sinestro/Yellow-White Lantern Corps, New Guardians
History: Kyle is of Mexican-American descent. Once dated Donna Troy. Has been known as Ion and Parallax, and spent time as a White Lantern (was able to harness all colors of the emotional spectrum). As an Honor Guard Illustres, he ranks only beneath the Guardians and Salaak as next in command of the Corps.
First appearance: The New 52 Free Comic Book Day Special Edition #1 (May 2012)
Teams Affiliated: Green Lantern Corps, Justice League (2013)
History: Simon Baz is a Lebanese-American. Though relatively new to the Corps, Simon has shown his worthiness during the “Rise of the Third Army,” “Wrath of the First Lantern,” and “Trinity War” storyarcs. Became a member of the Justice League of America.
So there you have the potential candidates to become the lead in the Green Lantern reboot. Our question is… Which Lantern should be featured on the big screen? Take the following poll to give us your thoughts. Also, feel free to comment on who you would like to see play the role of your choice.