It seems that the somewhat convoluted history of DC Comics’ Green Lantern can be a blessing as well as a curse. When you say the name “Green Lantern” the exact character you might be referring to may depend on your point of reference. The most famous may be Hal Jordan, the character who’s been the center of the Green Lantern mythos since the 1960s, and was the subject of 2011 Green Lantern movie. There’s also John Stewart, the African-American Green Lantern introduced in the 1970s, and was the GL included amongst the animated Justice League. Alan Scott, Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner… So many possibilities. But now, when it comes to the next Green Lantern movie coming out in 2020 from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the popular opinion seems to be why have one Lantern when you can have two? Or three?
In a report by Collider, Earth may be represented by as many as three Human Lanterns in the new Green Lantern movie – Jordan, Stewart and Gardner. That would lead one to believe that the focus of the movie will be more on the action with the Green Lantern Corps, and less on the romantic and personal trials of Jordan a la the aforementioned 2011 Lantern, widely panned by fans and critics as a misfire for the franchise. If true, how might this casting move affect the two-part Justice League coming out in 2017 and 2018? What Green Lantern might fill that vacancy in the League’s first on-screen adventure?
Who knows? But it is a smart move to create a cast of human Lanterns, especially if, like in the previous Green Lantern movie, the rest of the Corps is made up of CG aliens, props and environments. That would be a mistake, in my humble opinion, because one of the biggest problems with Lantern ’11 was how overwhelming fake the Corps characters and the Guardians were. Making the affair a little more grounded, with more real elements, is a pretty good idea so far as correcting past bunglings.
In other Green Lantern news, it seems that the studio is pretty close to finding the new face of Hal Jordan, and it’s someone who’s already been associated with an upcoming DC movie. According to Latino Review (via ComicBook.com), current-Captain Kirk Chris Pine is close to doing double duty in space as Hal Jordan. But wait, wasn’t Pine supposedly being cast as Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman movie? “The rumors of Pine circling Wonder Woman were actually Pine closing in on the role of Hal Jordan,” said Latino Review.
Either way, the powers that be have some time to work out casting issues. Green Lantern will be in theaters everywhere in a little less than five years, June 19, 2020.