Equal to Iron Man and more than any other superhero property, I’ve been dreaming of big screen Green Lantern for years. As rumors came and went regarding a Jack Black comedy, typing ‘greenlanternmovie.com’ continued to link to the Warner Bros. website and a one-on-one discussion with Geoff Johns gave me hope that a Hal Jordan-Parallax-Kyle Rayner trilogy may have been tossed around, there was always this sense that the character was to remain in development hell for eternity. Even worse, I feared the classic story of Hal Jordan would be disregarded in place of John Stewart who – in my eyes – simply isn’t that interesting. Sure, he has the destruction of an entire planet on his conscience… but he’ll just never rise above being a supporting character for me.
Having said that, perhaps Stewart’s possible inclusion in an ensemble is a blessing in disguise. It allows the studio to do a test run on the Green Lantern mythology but needn’t blemish the potential for a full-blown feature film – one which I see as Top Gun meets Superman but with some of the coolest effects ever put to film. With Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman vying for screen time – not to mention the comedic appeal of The Flash – it’s a safe bet Green Lantern would be sidelined to some extent anyway, so maybe it’s best we don’t care and just revel in the eye candy.
Either way, I’m just glad a GL may appear on screen. Following news the JLA would comprise of just five heroes – the core three plus The Flash and Aquaman – I’d almost take Guy Gardner at this stage. Besides, who needs Aquaman? Seriously…?