After some speculation on whether or not the extensively planned out DC Cinematic Universe would ever be fully realized, Warner Bros has finally announced some solid plans for the Green Lantern Corps. The film, which will not signal a return from Ryan Reynolds after the much-maligned 2011 offering from director Martin Campbell, will have twice the Lantern for your money with both Hal Jordan and John Stewart to be featured. Also confirmed to write the film are DC veteran David S. Goyer and newcomer Justin Rhodes.
This is exciting news for fans look for more inclusion, as John Stewart is one of DCs first and most prominent black superheroes. No casting news has been announced but the internet is already abuzz with potential stars, from Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan to Sterling K. Brown for John Stewart who is already lobbying for a part via Twitter. With multiple Lanterns and the inclusion of Corp in the title, it’s a safe bet that Warner and company will be focused on a more cosmic setting than the first film now that movies like Guardians of the Galaxy have demonstrated there is an enthusiastic audience ready to explore the Universe.
Less exciting is the inclusion of David S. Goyer, who has an extensive pedigree in comic book films but a less than spectacular track record along the way. Although his resume includes Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy and the original Blade Trilogy he also had a hand penning Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The internet may be replete with MCU and DCCU comparisons but it should be noted that when Iron Man hit, Marvel stuck with Jon Favreau. When Louis Letterier’s The Incredible Hulk foundered and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger received middling critical acclaim Marvel course corrected with both writers and directors until they found greater success. Warner Bros and their DC Cinematic Universe fully committed to Zach Snyder and company before the films were fully off the ground and this may come back to bite them in the end. Again, although Goyer has had success within the superhero genre with fellow Batman v Superman scribe Chris Terrio writing Justice League, it seems like DC and Warner Bros are heavily relying on old dogs to learn new tricks. No release date for Green Lantern Corp has been announced.