(Warning: The following contains mild plot SPOILERS for a future episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, including a handful of lines of potential dialog. Proceed with whatever level of caution your ship's kindly voiced computer suggests to you is wise.)
Now, it's not all that easy being Alan Scott. Not only was the original 1940s Green Lantern (above) swiftly replaced by a succession of newer, shinier Lanterns (take a bow, Hal Jordan and co.) but his comic book life was never really a happy one. Not only was he rapidly forgotten by many casual comic book readers, but the Justice Society of America stalwart was perennially being driven mad, having his neck snapped, or even having an eye ripped out. What's worse, at one point he had twins, only to have them be given up for adoption without ever knowing of their existence.
And now? Well, now it seems increasingly likely that Scott (along with the rest of the Green Lantern Corps) may well not be allowed to make an appearance on The CW's Legends of Tomorrow, with the GL "brand" seemingly being held back for use in the DCEU. Which, with the rest of the JSA set to pile on to the small screen, is something of a kick in the teeth for one of the team's most famous members. Thankfully, though, there is a silver lining. Y'see:
Alan Scott's Son Will Be Turning Up In Legends Of Tomorrow, Even If Alan Doesn't Get To
That, at least, is what the show's newly cast Lance Henriksen (above) recently revealed to ComicBook.com, when asked whether his recently announced character Obsidian would be retaining one of his most defining comic book traits: Being Alan Scott's son (and one of the aforementioned twins given up for adoption).
Which, from the sounds of Henriksen's comments, he very much will. The best part, though? It seems that Obsidian may well be holding onto some of his other defining comic book character traits, too — including the fact that he's gay. As Henriksen put it:
"It's all in there. It's all in there, every bit of it... Yeah, being Green Lantern's son and all that stuff and him being gay is all in there. It's treated, honestly, kind of ungently. It's a real thing....Even one of my lines says 'If you're lucky enough to find love again, after anything has ever happened to you, well, embrace it.' [Obsidian] says 'Son, he's waiting for me at home.'"
Which, as casually progressive slams go, is right up there with the best of them.
Now all we have to do is wait patiently (OK, fine, impatiently) for Legends of Tomorrow to return on October 13 and hope that the show doesn't make us wait too long to meet Obsidian.
Want more on the upcoming season of Legends of Tomorrow, though? Never fear, you can find out just what to expect from the show right here.
Meanwhile, what do you think? Will we ever see Alan Scott (or the Green Lantern Corps) on the CW? Let us know below!