Green Lantern on the big screen is a bit of a sore subject for Warner Bros., since the 2011 film starring Ryan Reynolds was such a disaster, both critically and financially. A reboot for the film is coming, and it’s tentatively set for a 2020 release date. But what will the approach be? One rumor suggests that multiple human Green Lanterns – including Jon Stewart, Hal Jordan, and possibly Guy Gardner – could headline a film together.
Now, some news out of the Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel – currently ongoing – seems to lend credence to that rumor. Before debuting footage for Suicide Squad and the full trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they screened a sizzle reel of all their upcoming superhero movies, and one of them was the Green Lantern reboot with a new title: Green Lantern Corps.
This announcement comes after weeks of rumors and speculation about who might take on the role(s) of the Green Lantern(s) in the film. One rumor suggested Chris Pine was being sought for Hal Jordan instead of Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman’s love interest) as was originally reported.
Meanwhile, Tyrese Gibson has been hinting on various social media platforms that he’d very much like to play John Stewart in an upcoming movie. And while, according to him, he did have a meeting with WB about something or other, there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not he’s actually up for the role.
While the Green Lantern Corps title is likely an indication that the filmmakers will focus on multiple Green Lanterns, it’s not exactly a sure thing. After all, the Corps also appeared in the first Green Lantern movie, albeit in sort of a background role. However, since one of the criticisms of the first movie was its focus on Earth-related stuff over the cosmic goings on, we can probably assume that the Corps will have a more central role in the reboot.
My hope – as it has been since before there ever was a Green Lantern movie – is that Green Lantern Corps will reminiscent of a 1980s buddy cop movie (in the vein of, say, Lethal Weapon). That is, essentially, what the comics are – buddy (space) cop stories. The title gives me some semblance of hope that they could move in that direction, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
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Batman V Superman:Dawn of Justice will hit theaters on March 25th, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on 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.