What Can We Expect From 2020’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’?

Green Lantern CorpsBefore the current round of superhero movies, titles that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC’s Extended Universe, two franchises that have done pretty well for themselves in recent years, comic characters had a rough time making the transition from print to celluloid; in fact, some of them straight up tanked.

Fans will never get back the hours they spent watching Catwoman (2004), Batman & Robin (1997), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), or Daredevil (2003), four crimes against cinema DC and Marvel are still paying for – or should be. However, the most disappointing failure has to be Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern, a film that came out in 2011.

Hal Jordan’s alter-ego occupies arguably the most fertile universe for storytelling in the entire DC canon, incorporating the nine different Lantern tribes – from the bloodthirsty Red Lanterns to the necromantic Black Lanterns – spread across hundreds of different worlds, dimensions, and timeframes, and including countless different species.

It’s admittedly a difficult task to pull a single, compelling story from a nearly eternal landscape but, with almost six decades of lore behind the character, there’s plenty of inspiration. After all, a similar set up worked perfectly for Marvel’s expansive adventure Guardians of the Galaxy – and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War film promises to be even bigger.

John Stewart

Green Lantern doesn’t get much love from DC. Even in the video games industry, where Batman has a back catalogue to rival classic characters like Sonic the Hedgehog, Hal Jordan didn’t get a solo title until 2011’s movie tie-in. The same is true of casino websites, where slots are frequently branded with Marvel and DC superheroes. For example, both Batman and Iron Man are listed as two of the best online slots out there by top Canadian review sites.

It’s not unusual to find even lesser characters in DC’s stable making the rounds on casino sites too. Catwoman, Batgirl, the Penguin, and Mr Freeze are just a few of the superheroes featured in the free online slots available at Casino.com, another brand that’s well thought-of in the online gaming community.

Green Lantern is a conspicuous absentee from DC’s upcoming (2017) Justice League film, along with fellow founding member Martian Manhunter, a female version of which is currently doing the rounds in the Supergirl TV series. However, writer Geoff Johns recently indicated that Green Lantern could be a late addition to the roster. It’s a more essential bit of business than it might appear, given that Jordan and fellow Lantern John Stewart are penciled in for 2020’s Green Lantern Corps.

So, with all the above in mind, what can fans expect from David Goyer’s (Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman) upcoming super-flick?

Kyle Rayner

First things first, it’s almost definitely going to be an origin story – if not for Jordan, then for Stewart, the new kid on the block in the Extended Universe. It will also take place partially in space, given that the Green Lantern Corps are a force concerned with intergalactic security, though the fact both Stewart and Jordan are human suggests they’ll be trying to head off something intended to obliterate the Earth.

There are plenty of great storylines the film could poach from the comic books, if need be – the Massacre of Sector 666 (the antagonists, the Manhunters, are a good potential adversary, if an obvious one), Blackest Night, and the Rise of the Third Army – so there’s still room for optimism for DC’s greenest superheroes.

There is a spanner in the works though. According to Cinema Blend, the film could include a third Green Lantern – Kyle Rayner, a character who succeeds Jordan as the titular hero in the comic books. Immediately, there’s potential for a story based around time travel or parallel dimensions. Jordan may also play an older, wizened “mentor” character akin to Ben Affleck’s Batman.

Ryan Reynolds

Perhaps the biggest question that still needs answering is who will play the two lead Lanterns? Ryan Reynolds isn’t out of the running for Jordan (the actor wasn’t at fault for the lackluster Green Lantern movie of 2011), despite jumping ship to Marvel for 2016’s Deadpool and the earlier X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The above makes sense from the perspective of the hypothetical “older Jordan” scenario too. Chris Pine, an early favorite, opted to star in Wonder Woman (2017) instead. As for Stewart, Tyrese Gibson from Transformers and 2 Fast 2 Furious is a shoo-in but rapper-turned-actor Common has also expressed interest in the role.

As a closing point, an announcement regarding Jordan’s presence in this year’s Justice League movie can’t be far off now, though it’ll still be a long three years before the superhero gets another shot at breaking Hollywood.

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  • Rocco Scagnetti

    WTF is this crap “article”. Just a push for some gambling website? Seriously, WTF HH? You used to have to scroll past that spam crap in the comments section. Now you’re promoting it as content?

    • JNAZ

      Ryan Reynolds “isn’t out of the running”? Tyrese Gibson is a “shoo-in”? WTF? Maybe this is why they’re desperate for new writers.

      • SAMURAI36

        Indeed, I can count no less than a half dozen ways that this is a horrible article.

        • hirsty

          Reynolds wasn’t the problem with film. He played Jordan with a bit of Snark and his sense of fear came over well. Mark Strong was brilliant as Sinestro and should be back as we never saw what happened with him becoming a yellow lantern. The landscape and other lanterns also showed potential. It was the the earth-based scenes that killed the film. Yes you can show where Hal is from etc but all the rest and Parallax was woeful and spoiled a better first half of the film. There’s still been much worse comic book adaptations than this.

    • SAMURAI36

      Part of the problem with HH, which is also the same one for similar sites, is that it’s a perfect case of social media running journalism.

      Most CB-related sites don’t know the difference between blogging and journalism. Proof of this point, is the fact that, when you read alot of these “writer’s” bios, it basically says “I watch TV, play video games and read comic books”. (Ironically, this recent article has “HH staff” on the by line).

      These people lack the training, accreditation, skill, and professionalism to be writers. If you notice in the solicit for more writers, not once did they list any substantial qualifications for the writing position. Basically, if you can post on FB, IG, and Twitter, and are a fanboy of some sort, then you too can get your BS fanboy rants printed on HH.

      It’s sad really, because this site started out with so much potential. But now these “writers” can’t even use spell check, much less engage in any fact-checking.

  • beane2099

    The recent Green Lantern cartoon packed more story telling into one season that most shows do over years. It’s definitely a template to follow. Geoff John’s Secret Origin was a movie script in its own right. These are sources that shouldn’t be ignored by the movie folk. In less than one season they had introduced 3 of the 4 Earth GL’s (John Stewart was mentioned at any rate) as well as 5 of the 7 Corps (with a set up for the yellow lanterns) and the Anti monitor.

    That said, they could include all 4 Earth GL’s without missing a beat if they glossed over some of the comic continuity. Kyle’s stint as the torch bearer involves Hal going crazy and the Corps going bye bye. That doesn’t need to be in the movies. But you could easily have Kyle be the POV character with Hal, John, and Guy being his big brothers. With the various Corps and the idea War of Light you’ve got the makings of a Lord of the Rings type of story. But you’ve also got a slew of stories from the pre-Geoff Johns era of GL that warrant a look.

    • SAMURAI36

      I don’t think they should include all 4 GL’s in the first film. However, if the films gets a trilogy, then it would definitely be a great thing to expand the roster.

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  • Origami Rose

    What i expect is no
    Narrative flow, disjointed amd discombobulated.