Considering how much the 2011 Green Lantern movie failed to jumpstart the DC franchise's big screen future, the studio faces a significant challenge in reintroducing the world of Green Lanterns - long a key part of the Justice League comic book universe - to audiences. Warner Bros. has already announced a 2020 reboot, but details beyond that are (no surprise) scarce, this far out.
At the moment, it's unconfirmed whether the new film will offer a fresh take on Hal Jordan (last brought to life by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds) or introduce another fan-favorite in John Stewart. Recent rumors have placed Chris Pine in the lead as Hal Jordan, a role he's long been connected to. Meanwhile, it seems the film may bring another string of Green Lantern movie reboot rumors to fruition too.
Actor/singer Tyrese Gibson - perhaps best known for his role as Roman Pearce in the Fast and the Furious movies - has taken to Instagram to share images of himself wielding a Green Lantern Ring (as John Stewart) alongside Pine's Hal Jordan. Here are a couple of the pictures that Gibson has posted recently:
While this pair of images are just examples of fan art, the fact that Gibson is so heavily teasing his involvement in the film just weeks before San Diego Comic-Con does offer support to rumors that his long-standing mission to play the character has paid off. Moreover, EW recently asked Gibson about the chances he'll play Green Lantern, and he didn't exactly deny his involvement.
"There are certain things I can't speak on. But I will say, however this works out, it's definitely the fans' fault. I was at home minding my own business and fans start creating these fan-made videos of me as Green Lantern and I looked into it. I've been a fan of the Green Lantern. I took the oath, and I had a meeting at Warner Bros. and certain things were said and talked about. We'll just see what happens."
It's debatable if the actor is the perfect fit for the character, but few can argue that he has the physicality and big-budget experience to take on such a high-profile role, having appeared in multibillion-dollar franchises like the Fast & Furious and Transformers. Gibson also provided this food for thought:
"Listen, these muscles are here and they're ready to be used. There are lot of people, domestically and internationally, who's got love with your boy. I'm coming into this thing with some fans and some box office receipts behind my name and I say that proudly and humbly. I just think I deserve a shot at suiting up and becoming the Green Lantern."
Between the failure of the 2011 Green Lantern and the increasing call for diversity in casting for the superhero genre, Warner Bros. and DC would be wise to add the character of John Stewart to the franchise. With the latest rumors supporting Gibson's posts about multiple human Green Lantern characters appearing in the reboot, there appears to be increasing reason to think that John Stewart will get a spot in the DC Cinematic Universe.Heck, rapper/actor Common - who was initially cast in the role for George Miller's cancelled Justice League film - still wants to play the character himself, at that.
In any case, a Hal Jordan-John Stewart team-up could be a smart way to bridge the gap between Ryan Reynolds' take and the character's future. Just call it Green Lanterns (or something to similar effect), and get the cameras rolling.
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.