6 Actors Who Should Play The Next ‘Green Lantern’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated October 1st, 2013 at 2:12 pm, This is a list post.

Green Lantern Actors Justice League

Even if a Justice League film is far from being made by Warner Bros. and DC Comics, there's no question the studio wants the movie to become a reality at some point. Before that can happen, the Green Lantern casting situation must be resolved - whether or not WB follows our 5 Ways To Save Green Lantern 2. The choice is to bring back Ryan Reynolds - after a critically-panned first outing - or recast the role, possibly even following a different main character. We've explained in the past why sticking with Reynolds could work, but the actor might make the decision much easier for all involved, now claiming to have "little interest" in repeating the same mistakes. A Justice League movie will be including a ring-slinger, so here are 6 Actors Who Could Play The Next Green Lantern.

Common

Common Green Lantern John Stewart Assuming DC and Warner Bros. attempt to simply say goodbye to Hal Jordan's origin story and bring in a completely new Lantern, then John Stewart is the obvious solution; thanks to DC's many animated films and TV shows, the character has already been introduced to an entire generation. The studio knows that Stewart has plenty of supporters, since rapper Common was cast as the Lantern in George Miller's failed Justice League: Mortal film. If Stewart is making a return, Common must be one of the frontrunners; a fact that makes plenty of sense given the character's history. While cartoons may have downplayed Stewart's ethnicity, his comic book origins did not. As one of the first African-American superheroes without 'black' in his moniker, Stewart gave a voice to the issues and realities of black America. If the studio wants to do the same in live-action, Common is good pick - evidenced by his work on AMC's Hell on Wheels

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum Green Lantern Guy Gardner

If the studio is unable to decide the future of Reynolds' hero by the time Justice League actually gets moving, a ringbearer other than Hal could be seen in his stead. Not to launch a sequel, but provide support. And that, comic fans, is a role clearly made for Guy Gardner: the embodiment of a confident, steak-eating, beer-drinking American male. A stereotype to be sure, but actor Michael Rosenbaum has several roles under his belt - not just Smallville's Lex Luthor - that called for being obnoxious, smart-ass, and yet likable; all qualities needed to make Gardner work. DC's New 52 version has Gardner as a washed-out cop from a police family, so besides providing some expertise for the League, that backstory would anchor Rosenbaum to an actual character, keeping the wise-cracking (which the Flash voice actor has experience with) from falling into shallow development. That's if Marvel doesn't snag Rosenbaum first.

Alex O'Loughlin

Alex OLoughlin Green Lantern Hal Jordan Australian-born Alex O'Loughlin may not be well-known to movie buffs, but Hawaii Five-0 fans know he's a leading man in the making. With the looks and swagger of a tropical cop, O'Loughlin more than looks the part of Hal Jordan (and was considered for the role of James Bond before Daniel Craig). Playing naval officer-turned-detective Steve McGarrett, O'Loughlin is no stranger to action, given the show's 'new movie every week' structure and style (this is a Kurtzman and Orci joint, remember). Following a star like Ryan Reynolds is a challenge for any actor, but the real hero of Green Lantern was Jordan - a fighter pilot that exudes cockiness, insecurity, and a sense of humor; contradictions more easily said than done, but O'Loughlin pulls it off on a weekly basis. Recasting Hal Jordan could be the riskiest move for WB, but entrusting the job to an actor who is somehow both proven and a relative unknown would definitely help hedge their bets.

Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney Green Lantern Guy Gardner Although we'd still argue that a Green Lantern movie series that doesn't include Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Guy Gardner is missing a great opportunity, a young up-and-comer like Jai Courtney would give the studio plenty of options for solo appearances. After memorable performances in both Jack Reacher (2012) and A Good Day To Die Hard (2013), Courtney is distinguishing himself as a name to know. Possessing the physicality for action and ability to instill fear with a smile on his face (see: his role in Jack Reacher for evidence), Courtney is about as close to a live-action Gardner as any actor we've seen. He may not have proven himself as a reliable action star just yet, but if introduced as part of a team of heroes in Justice League, or even a Green Lantern Corps film, he has the potential to excel. Bottom line: if a movie version of Gardner is written without Courtney's name on the short list, the studio is missing out.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba Green Lantern John Stewart

We're not going to shock anyone by casting Idris Elba as John Stewart, since the British actor has distinguished himself as one of the most underrated leading men currently working, period. With size and skills to convey both physical threat and the intelligence of a US marine-turned-architect, there's no other we would more trust with the role. Elba is currently appearing as Heimdall in the Thor series over at Marvel, and may end up getting his wish of portraying Luke Cage with the studio at some point. But if Marvel deems Cage a poor fit alongside bigger heroes, and Thor 2 is as open to character deaths as rumored, he could be available to don the green ring. Beyond just bringing in the under-20 crowd due to Stewart's role in the animated Justice League, Elba is too good for either Marvel or DC to pass up; in our opinion, we'd rather see him rescue Green Lantern and do Stewart justice.

Chris Pine

Chri Pine Green Lantern Hal Jordan Why even deny that after all these years, we still think Chris Pine would make a perfect Hal Jordan? We were disappointed when the rumors of him being considered for Green Lantern (2011) proved to be for naught, so perhaps fate is conspiring to right a terrible wrong. In the years since, Pine has proven an even more bankable star anchoring not only Star Trek but the upcoming Jack Ryan (2013) reboot, poised to kickstart the espionage franchise if successful. The similarities between James Kirk and Hal 'High-Ball' Jordan are clear to any comic or movie fan, so there's no question he could do the character justice. Granted, two franchises is quite a tall order, but if Jack Ryan receives even moderate reviews or box office returns, the door could be wide open. We still maintain that Pine could also turn in a fitting portrayal of Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash, but if given the chance, we'd still cast him as Hal Jordan in a heartbeat.

Conclusion

Green Lantern Actors Justice League That concludes our list of actors who could pull off the role of the galaxy's most gifted space cop, while also indicating a new direction for the franchise. Whether staying true to the Hal Jordan origin story, bringing in younger audiences and highlighting one of the most well-known minority heroes, or introducing a veritable menace into the League, we think each has its own risks and benefits. What are your hopes for the next  take on Green Lantern? Think Reynolds will return once the studio puts a better director and script in place, or is it best to simply forgive and forget - and move one with a new face? Leave your thoughts (and casting choices) in the comments. ——— Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. It would be too hard for Alex O due to his busy schedule with Five-0 they only get 3 2 and a half months break and has a son who has just turned 5 months old today but with Alex & Bob I think they’ll find a way but great choice. I would also think Nathan Fillion of David Boreanaz also

    • Aaaaah!

      The trolls, they are a-comin’!!!

      Guard your women, children, and livestock…oooh, the humanity…

  2. Idris and Pine would be GREAT choices. I’d even like Common (definitely over RR’s Hal, even though I like RR).

    I’d also like to throw Michael C. Hall, Toby Kebbell and James Franco into the mix.

    • I don’t know about GL specifically, but Toby Kebbell needs to be in more American films.

  3. Great list! If Reynolds doesn’t want to reprise his role as Hal, Pine would definitely be my first choice, and Elba would make a great John Stewart imo.
    The only actor on this list that doesn’t make sense (at least, as Hal Jordan) is Jai Courtney: he doesn’t really look the part and as an actor he’s been kinda “meh” in all the movies I’ve seen him in (I think they should get someone who has better screen presence)

    • Courtney has Guy Gardner written all over him. That became clear after Jack Reacher, where despite playing a villain, the consensus at SR was that he wasn’t a despised character.

      • Wow…you and D aren’t too bright, are you?

        You think it a good idea to insult the guy overseeing this thread? You DO realize he can ban you, right?

        …well, if he even finds you worth the effort.

        Sad.

        • I guess it worked huh.

      • How about a despised actor? Because I actually do despise him. I think he’s atrocious, the worst thing about Jack Reacher AND A Good Day to Die Hard.

    • If Ryan Reynolds does’t reprise the role of GL, I think that Chris Pine or Alex O’Laughlin would be perfect in the part. No one else, in my opinion, would be as good. I enjoyed Ryan Reynolds in the part and cannot understand why the movie was so panned. I even bought the DVD and have watched it more than once. I hope that Reynolds will reconsider, if he is approached to sign on again. He IS Green Lantern, as far as I am concerned.

  4. I like Bradley Cooper as Hal Jordan, Idris as Stewart, the son from Die Hard 5 as Gardner, and Pine as Barry Allen.

  5. Common as John Stewart, then they’re good to go.

    • Yeah hed be good I also think that if they do it Hal should be older, a big part of the corp but not the main focus, i think they should focus on Chris Pine as Kyle Rayner, and if guy is in it Jensen Ackles should play him. I dont think Pine should play the Flash i think the role of Barry Allen should go to someone more like John Krasinski. Who ever plays Hal if he retuns should be in their 40′s. Batman should be Matt Bomer in the JLA movie

  6. I think Gabriel Macht from suits would be a great recast for Hal jordan.

    • Also a solid choice. I was surprised he didn’t get more momentum going given his physicality in The Spirit, but that film did a lot more harm than good. Thankful for Suits.

    • I like Macht and think he would be an inspired choice (though I’m fine with Reynolds returning). I, however, would love to see him as The Question…or even The Phantom Stranger.

  7. I’m a GL Nerd, So, here goes

    Ryan Reynolds-Hal Jordan (Hey dude, it’s the writers fault. They botched Deadpool in Wolverine, too. And if your gonna quit. You should ‘ve been patient & played The Flash, like you was casted for)

    Michael Jai White-John Stewart (Remember, John Stewart is a MARINE!!)

    Josh Hartnett- Kyle Rayner

    Liam Nessen- Alan Scott

    Keith David- Voice of Kiliwog

    Michael Rosenbaum-Guy Gardner

    And bring Sinestro back, Mark Strong did a good job.
    They can have him team up with Mongel

    Mongel-Gerard Butler (Plus CGI)

    And bring in Fatality, for a cameo

    Fatality-Keke Palmer

    Killer Frost-Oliva Wilde

    DC doesnt get it. GL is about as tough as his supporting Cast. Built them & BAM!!! You got it.!

    • I totally agree with you on The Flash bit.

  8. and have better writers. How about it being over seen by someone who knows the book well……Like Me!!!

  9. I would like to see Jensen Ackles to play “The Emerald Archer” as Hal Jordan..

  10. I still like Ryan Reynolds, give him another chance for the part

    • I agree

  11. Ok a lot of lists have great actors, all of which have proven themselves. But some of the actors don’t match the profiles of those epic characters. I admit a few match the profile well.
    Here are some of my suggestions
    Flash: funny, energetic, good heart, not super buff but toned: Matt Bomer( charming, athletic build, movie tested actor) or Garret Hedlund: I thought he did well in Tron( physically fits th role, but note that the flash is known for his happy go lucky personality), Armie Hammer( good looking, tall, body fits the role really well, serious but still charming, I think he would be perfect)
    Superman: Serious, bold, strong, the penical of morality, iconic strong jaw lined mans man:
    Henry Cavill( thought a long time and he is already doing man of steel plus he has got the superman look down)
    Batman: Dark, serious, bold, strict,: honestly Daniel Craig hands down
    I’m gonna get lazy now
    Green Lantern: Stewart: Idris Elba
    Gardner: Jai Courtney
    Wonder Woman: Jessica Biel, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Lawrence
    Aguaman: Garret Hedlund, Ryan Gosling, or Alex Pettyfer
    Martian Man Hunter: Djimon Hounsou

    • You know what I’ll give Hedlund Aquaman and Gosling Green Arrow

  12. I like Chris Pine, but he lacks a physical presence. In other words, he’s kinda small.

  13. I may be alone here but I liked Ryan Renolds and The Green Lantern so I think they should just stick with him.

  14. I got an idea, why don’t we have John Stewart get a Lantern Ring in the Justice League movie, then in the next Green Lantern film Hal Jordan trains him and then they do a simple prison transfer for Mongul, this is where Hal Jordan tells John he had to stop Mongul and his War Machine while Justice League was going on. During the prison transfer Mongul breaks free thanks to Sinestro and now it’s up to Hal and John to stop them.

  15. I think Nathan Fillion should play Green Lantern

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  18. I say Chris Pine should play Guy Garner

  19. John Stewart: J. August Richards
    Guy Gardner: James DeBello
    Kyle Rayner: Aaron Johnson

  20. No Michael Jai White? I am disappoint.

  21. All of these options suck. Seriously.

    Try again.

    John Barrowman would look more like Hal than any of these guys and (if you can stop him from kissing everyone) would be able to pull the acting off too.

  22. Honestly, someone needs to be the grizzled Veteran of the group. I grew up on Hal Jordan, and the way he was portrayed and his powers displayed…utterly damaging. This guy is willpower and imagination in the same way that Batman is Justice personified…unstoppable. I want the gray sideburns and a veteran presence on the team to tie them to the larger universe. He rivals Supes in power. I’d get the blond Stark from GoT or Chewetle Okefor (SP?) if you want diversity (sorely needed). But I’m a Hal guy.

  23. Idris would be a phenomenal John Stewart and if they decide to recast Hal I think Chris Pine would be the best choice they could make

  24. I think that if they do it Hal should be older, a big part of the corp but not the main focus, i think they should focus on Chris Pine as Kyle Rayner, and if guy is in it Jensen Ackles should play him. I dont think Pine should play the Flash i think the role of Barry Allen should go to someone more like John Krasinski. Who ever plays Hal if he retuns should be in their 40′s

  25. I would like to see Renolds back. Granted even if you have your problems with the 2011 Green Lantern Movie, you can at least admit he makes a great Hal Jordan. If not hi, I would like to see Justin Bartha (The Hangover Trilogy) fill the slot. Looks the part, under rated actor, and naturally whitty.

  26. Would be nice to see a dark skinned guy play John Stewart. Why doesn’t anyone want Michael R. to play Flash, his voice is perfect for the kind of comic relief Flash brings to the table…

  27. rosenbaum will forever be lex luthor

    common was the best choice in that list

  28. I would like to submit LL Cool J for consideration. I think he has the physical presence for the role. And his roles in SWAT and NCIS LA shows that he can play a lawman with a certain snarkiness.

  29. I think Ryan Reynolds should be green lantern because he was in the movie green lantern It would just be the smartest instead of re-casting a new face. Ryan Reynolds is the best session. I love Ryan Reynolds he is such an amazing actor.

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