Green Lantern is one of the most iconic heroes of the DC Universe. There have been several iterations of the character, but arguably the most popular is Hal Jordan, a test pilot who is enlisted into the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force. Each member of the Corps wields a power ring that grants the user flight and the ability to create solid light constructs, limited only by the ring bearer’s willpower and imagination.
After enduring something of a creative slump in the 1990’s, Green Lantern was reinvigorated in 2004 with the Green Lantern: Rebirth miniseries, written by current DC Films head honcho Geoff Johns. Rebirth was followed by Johns’ wildly successful Green Lantern ongoing series that routinely made Hal Jordan DC’s second best selling character, trailing only Batman. The success of the comics led to a renaissance of Green Lantern media, including cartoons, toys, and an underwhelming 2011 feature film starring future Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan.
As the DCEU continues to expand, Hal Jordan and friends will get another shot at cinematic glory with Green Lantern Corps, currently scheduled for a 2020 release, and speculation is rampant over whether or not the emerald warrior will appear in November’s Justice League. While the world awaits the next chapter for Green Lantern, we’re taking a look at some of the lesser known facts of the character’s long and storied history.
These are the 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Green Lantern.
15. Daffy Duck Was Briefly In The Green Lantern Corps
The Green Lantern Corps is a universe-spanning organization, featuring a diverse roster of aliens that includes everything form orange fish men to sentient planets. But perhaps its most surprising member was none other than Daffy Duck.
In 2003, the Looney Tunes icon was starring in his own science fiction-flavored spinoff, Duck Dodgers, based on a classic Looney Tunes segment that was a riff on Buck Rogers. In one episode, Daffy endures a dry cleaning mix up and ends up with Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern ring. The episode that follows is not only a funny episode, but also a full-throated celebration of Green Lantern and its mythos, introducing the concept of the Corps and many of its most beloved characters with a surprising level of reverence.
14. Jack Black Almost Starred In A Comedic Green Lantern Film
While the 2011 Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan is often derided as one of the worst modern superhero films, most people don’t realize how much worse it could have been.
In 2004, writer Robert Smigel (Triumph The Insult Comic Dog) was commissioned by Warner Bros. to write a comedic Green Lantern script. Smigel’s take on Green Lantern was essentially a lazy goof who was wholly unqualified to be a superhero. Smigel had one man in mind to take on the role: Jack Black.
Black is a talented performer, but it’s difficult to envision an actor less qualified to play Green Lantern. Luckily for all involved, Warner Bros. had a change of heart when news of Smigel’s silly concept broke online to universal scorn, and the studio shifted to a more serious take.