After the infamous marketing mishap where the second-to-last Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed that Doomsday would show up in the closing act of the film, Warner Brothers has been good about not spoiling their other DC movies in their marketing (aside from letting us know that, y’know, Superman will return for Justice League, because of course he will). Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the people advertising a sweepstakes for The Big Bang Theory, which just teased a major appearance by a DC character in Justice League…
It goes without saying that there are spoilers past this point — this is your only warning.
Anyway, the “Geekstakes” that tie the cast of The Big Bang Theory — of all things — to Justice League involves a spinning wheel, from the looks of an ad that briefly found its way online before being taken down (and reuploaded by dedicated, fast-acting fans). Participants who have a certain combination of the right wheel spins can get a chance to win all sorts of cool stuff — but that’s not what’s important here. What’s important is that of the logos on the wheel is for a character that there’s been no indication will show up in the movie itself… And they’ll be probably the seventh member of the Justice League.
So there you have it — the Green Lantern insignia is there, clear as crystal, and the wheel conveniently stops in a place where it’s fully in view. There have been suggestions that the Green Lantern mythology will play a small part in the big DC team-up, as the movie’s villain — Steppenwolf — mentions in a trailer that the Earth is vulnerable due to a lack of Green Lanterns protecting it and the seeming demise of Last Son of Krypton. As it turns out, he might have spoken too soon — as both a Green Lantern and Superman himself could show up for the last act to give the Justice League hope in their darkest hour. “Unite the seven”, indeed.
Due to the Green Lantern Corps being made up of multiple members, fans have been left wondering just who it is we’ll see in the movie. Heroic Hollywood Editor-In-Chief Umberto Gonzales previously said on a Periscope discussion that we could see two different Green Lanterns in the movie, but he also noted that one or both cameos could be cut from the film. However, it’s looking a lot like at least one of those cameos will make it into the film.
Green Lantern previously appeared in a 2011 movie that was intended to start a DC shared movie universe, but the Ryan Reynolds movie fell flat on its face when it tanked at the box office and was disliked by a number of fans. However, DC’s releases since then — regardless of critical reception — have found their audience, and it’s likely that a reintroduction of the concept that’s much more faithful to the character could redeem the franchise on a cinematic front and pave the way for the planned Green Lantern Corps movie — which would be especially great with DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns involved in a much greater capacity. One can only hope it would end up being the “Wonder Woman fighting Doomsday” moment of Justice League.
Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Julian Lewis Jones and Michael McElhatton are also in the movie in unspecified roles.