Green Lantern to Come Out
From the Shadows?
The last Green Lantern was a resounding flop. The lack of direction in the original film cost the franchise dearly. Ryan Reynolds for his part didn’t fit the Hal Jordan character, but thankfully it didn’t hurt his prospects too much as he is now flourishing as Deadpool.
However, despite the disappointment that surrounded the first Green Lantern film, it seems Warner Bros. and DC are both intent on setting the record straight.
It was about three years ago when Dwayne Johnson excited DC fans with a tweet about the possibility of featuring in the new Green Lantern movie. That single post led millions to think that Johnson might actually play John Stewart in a GL film. John Stewart was the first African-American superhero to appear in DC Comics, and later on became a major recurring character in the Green Lantern mythos within the DC Universe. His character can also be seen in several Justice League animation movies.
While Johnson did confirm that he was indeed meeting with Warner Bros. about a DC Comics movie project, the fans later found out that Johnson won’t be starring in the upcoming Green Lantern film. Instead, he is set to play Black Adam, archenemy of the DC superhero Shazam.
Despite Johnson revealing that he wasn’t going to play Green Lantern, it seems that a movie about the Green Lantern Corps is still in the works. Reports confirmed that DC hired David Goyer and Justin Rhode to pen the script for the movie, described by both writers as “Lethal Weapon in space,” so Green Lantern fans can expect a lot of action in the film.
The upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie is part of the DC Extended Universe, and was initially planned for a 2020 release. However, if Warner Bros. want to create the proper setting for a Justice League sequel, then the new Green Lantern movie must be released sooner than 2020.
Speculation around the Green Lantern movie being released earlier than 2020 seems to be fueled by the fact that DC is marketing the film through casual games. Recently the gaming community has seen the release of the Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunter game for mobile, while Betfair Casino, one of the biggest betting exchanges in the world, is carrying the commercially-licensed Green Lantern title. DC usually releases material for its upcoming films through various high-profile games, or short clips, and the aforementioned casual video games are good indicators a GL movie may well be released soon.
Although Warner Bros. seem to be working hard on revamping the franchise, there haven’t been any announcements regarding who will director the film, or its cast. The chances of Ryan Reynolds appearing are slim, especially since he’s settled into his role as Deadpool. The likelihood is that the cast will see a major overhaul, and DC fans will be treated to some entirely new thespians who have never appeared in superhero films before.