New fan-art imagines what Tom Cruise could look like as the DC Extended Universe's Green Lantern. The burgeoning superhero franchise has already introduced a number of characters, but the likes of Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and the rest of the Lantern Corps. have yet to be seen. There is a Green Lantern Corps. film in development, however, with Geoff Johns attached as writer and producer. No release date has been set at this point in time.
The one big question fans want answered is who would play Green Lantern on the big screen. A name that's been heavily rumored over the past several months is none other than Tom Cruise, who is no stranger to blockbuster filmmaking. While he's never been in a comic book adaptation, the actor is now well-known for his action roles and insane commitment to practical stunt work. With speculation revving up again he could be in line for the role, there's now a rendering of how he'd look in-costume.
Coming to us from BossLogic, the illustration imagines Cruise as Hal Jordan. The artist's caption cracks a joke that Cruise's role as hotshot pilot Maverick in Top Gun could be Hal's origin story. Check out the picture in the space below:
It's worth pointing out that this isn't just wishful fan casting. Cruise has said in the past he'd be open to taking on a DC Comics film if he felt the story was right for him. The actor would make a strong pick for an older Hal Jordan, taking the younger John Stewart under his wing. However, there is a matter of availability. Cruise is currently occupied with Top Gun: Maverick, which is set for release next summer. Also, as difficult as this is to believe, he is pushing 60 and won't be able to handle action-heavy parts forever. Granted, Green Lantern would rely on CGI more than Mission: Impossible, but that's still something to take into consideration. There's also a chance Paramount gives Mission: Impossible 7 the green light, and Cruise seems game to return to the IMF at some point.
It'll be interesting to see when Green Lantern Corps. truly starts to move forward, as it's been talked about since Warner Bros. announced a DC slate way back in 2014. Understandably, following the Justice League misfire, the studio has been quiet on (officially) discussing what's next for the franchise post-2019. There's no shortage of projects in development, but there's no telling how much of a priority Green Lantern is. Regardless of when the film comes out (and who stars in it), it'll hopefully be a stronger effort than the 2011 version that remains a punchline to this day.
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