When the Justice League cast was assembled, a tagline that briefly popped up was “Unite the Seven,” implying seven founding members of the titular DC superteam. With the film now in post-production, we have six confirmed members of this on-screen League, shown together for the first time in a picture released during Comic-Con 2016. It all leaves one question: where is Green Lantern? Speaking with MTV, Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes said he was very much up to join a superhero franchise and played coy on whether Green Lantern would be it.
“That is something that’s really enticing, but more so because it puts my face in front of more people, who will want to [then] come and see a movie, like Moonlight, that I really care about,” Rhodes, 27, told MTV News about the prospect of joining a superhero franchise.
When asked if he’d heard anything about the possibility of playing Green Lantern, the actor grinned and coyly — very, very coyly — responded, “I don’t know.”
Everyone from Rhodes to Common (who was previously in line to play the role) to Corey Hawkins to Rhodes’ Moonlight co-star (and Best Supporting Actor winner) Mahershala Ali have been mentioned as possible John Stewarts, the Green Lantern perhaps most famous as a founding member of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited in the DCAU. Ryan Reynolds played the original Hal Jordan version of the character in the 2011 film which infamously flopped. The role of John Stewart is a plum one for an up-and-coming black actor who, as Rhodes points out, wants to expand his profile and accrue influence that will allow passion projects to get made.
While Green Lantern Corps was announced a while ago as a 2020 release, that hasn’t stopped fans from eagerly awaiting their arrival in the DCEU in a film prior. The film is rumored to be a buddy-cop movie with an older, experienced Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern training the young recruit John Stewart in the ways of the Corps. Our own EIC Umberto Gonzalez broke the scoop that a member of the Corps would first appear in Justice League. Despite speculation that Wonder Woman actor Chris Pine had the choice between his role in that film and Hal Jordan back in 2015, there hasn’t been any confirmation of Green Lantern castings (put my vote in for Matt Damon as older Hal!). David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes were recently commissioned to script the reboot.
In related news, Moonlight is expanding to 1,500 theaters in the wake of its Oscar win for Best Picture. Check out Rhodes’ amazing performance in that. He can next be seen in Shane Black’s The Predator, the next sequel in the long-running franchise, hitting theaters February 9, 2018.