For years, one of the characters that DC and comic book fans have been asking to see on the big screen is John Stewart, one of the other human Green Lanterns, who has become a fan-favorite over the years thanks to his growing role in the comics books, and his place as the Green Lantern on the 2000s Justice League animated series. After DC released a failed Green Lantern film back in 2011, starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan too, it seemed like it was almost inevitable that the studio would choose to focus on John Stewart when they rebooted the franchise with Green Lantern Corps in the DC Extended Universe. Not only would it please many fans, but it would also continue to add some much-needed diversity to the superhero genre.
Luckily, fan suspicions were confirmed to be true yesterday when reports emerged, confirming that Green Lantern Corps will follow both Hal Jordan and John Stewart in a film that’s set to have the tone of “Lethal Weapon in space.” Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long following the announcement for a major name to throw his hat in the ring to play Stewart in the film either.
On his personal Twitter account, This is Us and People v. O.J. Simpson star Sterling K. Brown talked about his desire to play Stewart in Green Lantern Corps, saying that he “humbly submits” his name for the role:
Honestly, Brown seems like a dream choice to play Stewart in a live-action film, due to his dramatic work, his physical similarities to the character, and his talents as an actor. However, as most fans are probably already aware, Brown was just recently cast as a major supporting player in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film, which would make his ability to play such a prominent role in the DC Universe, Marvel’s foremost director competitor, a bit difficult. It wouldn’t be the first time, certainly, that an actor has crossed over between the two universes, but because of the close schedules for both films, it seems highly unlikely that either Marvel or DC would be okay with him playing notable characters in both of their universes, with such a short amount of time between appearances.
With that being said, Brown’s excitement towards playing the role just further cements the fact that after all of these years, DC is finally going to be introducing John Stewart in one of their major films. He’s been one of the most speculated castings for years now, with fans coming up with and supporting multiple different actors for the role, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who’s already set to play the villainous Black Adam in the DCEU. With the news finally “confirmed”, though, it may (hopefully) be only a matter of time before fans won’t have to come up with actors for the role, but will instead already have one. At this point, it’s nothing more than a waiting game.
Source: Sterling K. Brown