Ever since Warner Bros. announced plans to create the DC Extended Universe, there has been great interest in who would fill out the Justice League roster. So far, WB has found their Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). The biggest player missing on the team and (as far as we know) in Justice League will be the absence of a Green Lantern. There are plans for the Green Lanterns to eventually debut, with Green Lantern Corps roughly dated for 2020, but rumors persist that one may appear in Justice League.
Over the past few months, it has been speculated that Armie Hammer is in consideration for the role of Hal Jordan — thanks in large part to his social media activity. These rumbling were given more credence when a report had Hammer as a top contender for the role. However, if this is really the case, Hammer says he’s unaware.
The Wrap, the same source that broke the casting list, spoke with Hammer at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and asked him about the reports. In a move that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who breathlessly follows potential superhero casting rumors, Hammer denied the report completely. He said:
“I saw the reporting too. That’s the first I’ve heard of it.”
It is no surprise that Hammer is playing coy to these latest reports. If he really is battling the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Tom Cruise, and others for the role, maintaining a level of secrecy is all part of the rigorous casting process. Considering the heavy hitters Hammer is rumored to be competing against for the part, it would be a major coup for the one-time Lone Ranger to be cast in the role of the intergalactic policeman.
Whenever Warner Bros. decides who will fill the role, it will be interesting to see how the character is used in comparison to the Ryan Reynold’s film from just a few years prior. Speculation has persisted that the Lanterns will be introduced in the Justice League film, but given the status on casting, that seems unlikely unless it was planned as part of some reshoots. No matter how they are introduced, the Green Lanterns will open up the cosmos for the DCEU — likely in a way similar to what Guardians of the Galaxy did for the MCU.
Source: The Wrap