Green Lantern(s) future in the DC Cinematic Universe

Admit it, you watched the Ryan Reynolds take of the Green Lantern in 2011 and it let you down like the high school crush you had on the head cheerleader (or football quarterback?). It let you down in so many ways, from the CGI version of Green Lantern’s (Reynolds) take on Hal Jordan, some of the crazy takes of Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond (the scientist that is exposed to the yellow energy aka “fear”) and quite a few other things. Heck, the only thing I liked about the movie was Mark Strong’s take on Sinestro. If you watched the after credits scene, there’s a lead in to an expected sequel. But the movie created quite the negative wave of reviews, thoughts and comments from the internet that Warner Bros. decided against any sequel. They distanced themselves from everything Green Lantern.

Fast forward to 2013 when Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” does very well for Warner Bros. With things going positively, the Bros. Warner decided to start planning for sequels and an “expanded universe” to mirror some of the success that Marvel had with their “shared universe” theory. The budget being $225,000,000 for “Man of Steel” and in the U.S. alone, bringing in half of that on it’s debut weekend strengthened ideas for moving forward with potential “growth.”

Fast forward one more time to 2015 and a timeline has been suggested (you can find more HERE) with a new Green Lantern movie rumored to be released in 2020. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be released on March 25th, 2016. This movie is important, as it is the setup for Justice League (Part 1) which is expected the following year, in 2017. This will be the next rumored appearance of Green Lantern(s). Yes, there are parentheses around the s, because there are rumors floating around that it will be multiple takes on Green Lantern making an appearance. That’s right, Hal Jordan will be returning to the big screen along with two other people that followed up Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner and John Stewart.

Furthermore, the franchise will continue to focus on different Green Lanterns and never on just one, so really the Green Lantern movies look like they’ll be more about the Green Lantern Corps, which is an interesting approach.

This apparently will be happening in the reboot of Green Lantern that is expected in 2020.

A little backstory on some of the Green Lanterns:

HAL JORDAN: Jordan was a test pilot who was chosen by Green Lantern Corps member Abin Sur, whose spaceship crashed on Earth.  Abin Sur was dying and used his ring to seek out someone who was “utterly honest and born without fear”, and it landed on Jordan.  Jordan received Abin Sur’s power ring as well as the battery (the green lantern) that powered it.  It turned out there were also two backup candidates on Earth—Guy Gardner and John Stewart.

GUY GARDNER: Gardner was one of Jordan’s backups, but a power battery blew up in his face, and put him in a coma.  He was later revived and when the Guardians—an alien race on the planet Oa who oversee the Green Lantern Corps—broke up into factions, he was chosen as one of their champions.  Per Wikipedia, “As a result of his years in a coma, Guy was very emotionally unstable, although he still mostly managed to fight valiantly. He has gone through many changes, including wielding Sinestro’s yellow Guardian power ring, then gaining and losing Vuldarian powers, and readmission to the Corps during Green Lantern: Rebirth.”

JOHN STEWART: Jordan’s other backup was an architect from Detroit who was called into action when Guy Gardner went into a coma (it’s no fun being the backup of a backup, but when you’re called off the bench, you go play).  However, he was directly chosen by the Guardians instead of being chosen by the Power Ring like Jordan and Gardner.  This tied into a prophecy that led to Stewart becoming the Guardian of the Universe.  However, he lost his powers when Jordan became Parallax and went on a rampage.  Additionally, Stewart has been paralyzed from the waist down a couple of times and regained his ability to walk (comics!), and eventually received a new ring from Earth’s latest Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner. Additionally, Tyrese (singer/actor, famous for the Fact & Furious and Transformers roles) has been petitioning via social media to land the role. Apparently, Mr. Stewart has a convoluted love life and it would require it’s own set of movies to go into any detail on his character, which would remove him from being any sort of focal point moving forward.