The Justice League is on its way to the big screen, and all the founding members from the comics have been cast and have movies in some state of production except for one. Green Lantern. After the failed Green Lantern movie in 2011, Warner Bros. has been gun shy about trotting the character back out again, and understandably so, but nevertheless, rumors of his imminent appearance in the DC Extended Universe continue to pop up. True, there is a Green Lantern Corps movie on the way... eventually... but it's not clear exactly which lanterns will be a part of this movie, when they'll first appear in the DCEU, or who they'll be played by.
It's long been rumored that the Emerald Knight would swoop in at the end of Justice League to warn of a bigger threat, and additional casting rumors including a potential actor shortlist seem to confirm that Hal Jordan will make an appearance sooner rather than later, meaning he may already be waiting in the wings and could plausibly make a surprise appearance in the big DC team up in November.
Of the several names on the list (including Ryan Reynolds, Tom Cruise, and others), one name has more persistently generated traction than others: Armie Hammer. Hammer has been teasing a DCEU role for months now, and his friend and Man From U.N.C.L.E. co-star, the Man of Steel himself, has also been tormenting fans with Green Lantern teases on Instagram (several of which were liked by Hammer).
It appears Henry Cavill isn't done trolling those of his followers eager for Green Lantern news, and recently shared a workout picture detailing his recovery from a knee injury, ending with yet another Green Lantern plug.
Since I came off the ol knee injury I've been steadily increasing my training work load. I know it's irritating when people say this but it genuinely does feel so good to be back in it. I'm not destroying myself every day. Just working towards improvement by pushing hard enough to illicit change. Nothing funny to post here, it's deadly serious because I've got to make sure that I'm bigger than Green Lantern....Wait whaaat?
This isn't the first time fans have been trolled with Green Lantern rumors. Dan Amboyer famously had many fans convinced he'd be wearing the ring (or at least sporting a "Jordan" on his flight jacket) in his barely-there Batman v Superman appearance, but Hammer's repeated association with the Green Lantern role (and Cavill's continued participation in the joke) continues to lend credence to his potential casting.
So, when are we going to finally get confirmation on Green Lantern's appearance and the DCEU, and any relevant casting, Hammer or not? If his role in the movie truly is minimal, such as the rumored cameo (or a mid/post credits scene), then DC/WB will likely ride this train to the end of the tracks, as officially confirming an appearance of that nature ruins an otherwise (marginally, at this point) surprising reveal. If he has a larger role or will appear in another movie in the next couple of years (he was once rumored for a Flash team up), then an announcement could be imminent. If he isn't expected to have any involvement prior to Green Lantern Corps in 2020, then fans might want to buckle up for a few more teases before any official confirmation.
Source: Henry Cavill
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020