Even though Warner Bros.' shared DC Movie Universe has barely begun, a majority of their heroes have already been cast ahead of their respective franchises. Out of the seven main heroes being united six have actors lined up to play the role for years to come - the outlier being Green Lantern, set for a solo reboot coming out in 2020, but expected to play a part in the two Justice League films released prior.
Ever since the studio unveiled their plans for the DCMU, the discussion has centered on which Lantern the new films will feature: Hal Jordan is the classic iteration, but multiple humans have taken up the mantle in the comic's history, Guy Gardner and John Stewart chief among them. Now it seems WB may avoid the question entirely, instead pursuing multiple leads for the new cinematic take.
That new rumor comes courtesy of Collider, who are hearing the reboot may - may - revolve around some combination of Jordan, Gardner, and Stewart (at least two). They caution that since the film is so early in development, this could change, but for now it sounds like we'll be seeing more than one Lantern in the new take.
In a way, the decision would make a great deal of sense (as it did when we first recommended it a few years ago). Unlike other solo superheroes, "Green Lantern" has almost always relied upon his (or her) fellow officers to fight large-scale crime. As just a single member of the Green Lantern Corp. - consisting of a plethora of beings from all corners of the universe - only on Earth is the name reserved for a single masked do-gooder.
Collider's sources also report that should the reboot warrant additional sequels, the plan for the franchise is to place different Lanterns front and center in each film, and not have a single primary protagonist (taken to an extreme, something similar to an anthology TV show like True Detective). This approach would help differentiate the reboot from its failed predecessor, eliminating limitations and opening new doors to the various corners of the DC universe. As Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy showed, audiences are willing to embrace the weirdness of the deep cosmos, so long as the story and characters are handled properly.
If the rumor builds momentum, the conversation will now turn to which actors would be most suitable for the various Lantern Corp. members. Casting rumors have been few and far between, with the thespians speculated for the role seeming to have joining the DCMU in another capacity. (along with two other choices we would have suggested: Jai Courtney and Common).
Luckily, moviegoers may not have to wait too long to see who will be taking the Lantern oath next. WB is expected to have a major presence at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and it stands to reason that they will use that platform to introduce the masses to their new Green Lanterns - bringing the Justice League in full to Hall H.
As always, readers should take this latest report with a healthy dose of salt, but it certainly paints a fascinating picture for what WB is looking to do as they reboot the Green Lantern property. This angle comes with a lot of potential for interesting films, but as the old saying goes, we just have to wait and see what happens.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern on June 19, 2020.