Even though fans are still waiting on the films that will make up Warner Bros./DC Entertainment’s Justice League shared universe, the studio just about has the roster of superheroes cast. Six of the presumed seven have been united, with the lone holdout being Green Lantern. That property has been subject to an endless barrage of rumors, with big names like Chris Pine and Tyrese Gibson speculated to be attached.
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 came and went, and the only official bit of information we learned about 2020’s Green Lantern reboot is that it will be called Green Lantern Corps., lending credence to the belief that the film will feature multiple human Lanterns from the source material. The identities of the actors that will appear as Hal Jordan or John Stewart is still a mystery, but Gibson has confirmed he’s met with WB about a role.
Speaking with Collider, Gibson addressed his potential involvement with Green Lantern, which dates back months to some fan-art images of the actor in the suit. In his interview, Gibson couldn’t offer any concrete updates, other than he has discussed the possibility with the powers that be at WB:
“I’ve already had a couple of meetings at Warner Bros., so we’ll see what happens. I do believe that there needs to be more black superheroes out there, but that’s not even my motivation. I think I would be the best Green Lantern and based on my fans and supporters that spent around $6 billion in box office receipts, I feel like there’s a fanbase of fans out there waiting to see me put on this green suit and do my thing. So I would love to confirm something today but I can’t. We’ll just keep following up.”
Though WB will eventually have to cast the part, the studio doen’t seem to be in any rush to do so. The character isn’t expected to become truly involved with the blossoming franchise until the first Justice League film hits theaters in November 2017. So even though the studio would rather lock in an actor sooner rather than later, there’s still time before it becomes a necessity. It’s better for WB to be patient, since whoever it signs will ideally be a figure in the films for years to come.
Right now, there’s some question about whether or not Gibson fits the bill for John Stewart. He’s no stranger to the world of Hollywood tentpoles (with roles in the Transformers and Fast & Furious series), but a segment of fans are wondering if he possesses the acting chops to pull a character like Stewart off. It’s true that many of WB’s casting decisions have been out of left field, but even the studio’s most ardent supporters may have a hard time buying Gibson (who is known more for being comic relief) as the serious and reserved military veteran Stewart, especially against someone like Pine as the fast-quipping Hal Jordan. The hypothetical space buddy cop setup of Green Lantern Corps. might play better with two contrasting styles.
As Gibson indicates in his quote, though, we are still in the “wait and see” stage of the Green Lantern casting process, meaning his meetings with the studio do not set anything in stone. Gibson is probably one of many thespians WB is considering to take the Lantern oath, and it may be some time before a final decision is made. So if you’re one of the ones against the Furious 7 star being tapped to play Stewart, don’t fret just yet.
Batman V Superman:Dawn of Justice will hit theaters on March 25th, 2016, followed by Suicide Squadon August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020.