Sorry for the delay between articles, but that's what happens when your wife has a baby.
The last Nerd Water Cooler didn't cause as much controversy as I thought, so I will assume that everyone loved my choices and thinks that I should be the Kevin Feige of the DC Cinematic Universe. With that being said following the Flash movie that would come out Memorial Day weekend and the Batman Reboot that would be slated for July 4th weekend DC should release a third flick for the first year of their Cinematic Universe. What better way to compete with Marvel than to one up them by releasing one more movie per year than they do. Plus with DC’s vast array of properties, under one studio banner, I could even see them releasing twelve films a year plus TV shows (not on CW). Pretty much creating a film and TV division completely focused on DC properties, but I digress.
Let’s get to the purpose of this little article. Coming Thanksgiving weekend during year 1 on the DC Cinematic Universe, I give you in Nerd Water Cooler #3 Green Lantern.
Hal Jordan/Green Lantern: Garrett Hedlund
Hedlund has had an interesting career. It began starring as Brad Pitt’s cousin in Troy, Tim McGraw’s son in Friday Night Lights, and Mark Whalburg’s adopted brother in Four Brothers. Recently Hedlund has been seen in The Road, and Inside Llewyn Davis. He has just signed on to play Captain Hook in an upcoming Peter Pan film, but none of this is the reason I cast him here. Hedlund’s turn as Sam Flynn in Tron: Legacy is what convinces me he could be a good Hal Jordan. I’m not going into it too much here, because I will later, but I felt that is how a Green Lantern movie should look. Hedlund isn’t yet a huge star but he is rising. This could be the role that catapults him there
John Stewart: Chadwick Boseman
DC needs to lock this guy up before Marvel does, but it may be too late for that. He played Jackie Robinson in 42. I didn't have to do a lot of looking here I just watched the trailers for 42 to convince me. Boseman’s next big role will be in the upcoming Draft Day with Kevin Costner, current DC actor David Ramsey (Arrow), and DC alum Tom Welling. In this film Stewart would be Jordan’s wing-man (watch Top Gun) and the rational one in their friendship. The plot of this one would lead to Stewart becoming a Green Lantern in the sequel.
Carol Ferris: Stana Katic
Carol Ferris is the president and CEO of Ferris aircraft. Ferris also becomes one of Hal Jordan’s greatest enemies the Star Sapphire. Ferris was poorly cast in the original Green Lantern movie in the form of Blake Lively. Granted that wasn't the only problem with that movie, but I digress. Katic is a former Bond girl and current star of ABC’s Castle. On Castle she displays the tough edge that a female CEO would have to have. Plus she deals with Nathan Fillion who is a fan favorite to play Hal Jordan, and is a master of playing the devilish rogue.
Ganthet: Peter Dinklage
No thought was put into the casting of the Guardians in the original Green Lantern. Ganthet is integral to the Green Lantern mythos. When all of the Guardians doubt the ability of Hal Jordan, a human, to wield a power ring, but Ganthet is the one who shows confidence in him. At least that is the story I would go with in this film. Dinklage is an incredible actor and would bring some star power to the film. I know he is currently playing Bolivar Trask in the new X-Men movie, but I have a feeling it is a one film only deal. Let’s sign him up for multiple films.
Atrocitous: Kevin Durand
One thing that Geoff Johns did with the Green Lantern comic is he introduced the other Lantern Corps. Each based on emotion. Atrocitous is the leader of the Red Lanterns whose power is based on rage. Johns touched on Atrocitous’ origin in Green Lantern: Secret Origin. I would loosely base this movie on that. Durand always plays the bad guy. He played a mob boss on Lost, and he played Blob in the poorly conceived X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Durand isn't well known but he has the voice and physicality to play this role.
Sinestro: Jason Isaacs
Sinestro is the Green Lantern that eventually turns on the Guardians and is given the yellow power ring which is the antithesis of the Green power rings. Sinestro trains Hal Jordan in the field and is the best friend of the Lantern Jordan replaces, Abin Sur. Mark Strong was perfectly cast as Sinestro in the Green Lantern film, but I have other plans for Strong in the DCCU. Isaacs plays bad so well. He was the bad guy in Mel Gibson’s The Patriot and he played Lucious Malfoy in the Harry Potter series. He also has voice both Ra’s Al Ghul and Sinestro in DCU Animated films. Isaac has the talent to both play Hal’s mentor and greatest enemy.
Tomar-Re: Luke Evans
Tomar- Re’s function in this film will be as a member of the group of Green Lanterns who goes to Earth to apprehend Atrocitous. Tomar-Re would also be the Green Lantern that helps Jordan make sense of his role as a Green Lantern. Luke Evans two major roles have him playing on both sides of the hero/villain fence in Fast & Furious 6 and the last two Hobbit movies. Evans wouldn’t have to toe that line in this movie. Evans voice works for Tomar-Re and he could also play the role through motion capture.
Kilowag: Paul Wight
Kilowag was played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan in the first Green Lantern film, and the only reason that this role is being recast is because Duncan passed away. Kilowag is one of the most popular members of the Green Lantern Corps. He is the Corps “drill sergeant” and one of the greatest allies Hal Jordan has in the Green Lantern corps. I selected Paul Wight because of his size. The man is 7’ almost 500lbs. He could play Kilowag through motion capture and do the voice. Wight has done other work other than wrestling with guest spots on Psych, Burn Notice, and Royal Pains.
Hector Hammond: Peter Sarsgaard
Hammond was perfectly cast in the first Green Lantern film. In this film he would serve as an adversary for Carol Ferris. He would be exposed to the power source in Abin Sur’s ship and become the telepathic villain. All we would really get would be a teaser for a future film.
Abin Sur: Billy Crudup
Abin Sur is Hal Jordan’s predecessor in sector 2814. Sur is obsessed with the prophecy of Blackest Night and with the fact that he believes that his ring will one day fail him. In Green Lantern: Secret Origin Sur is killed by Atrocitous while investigating the Blackest Night prophecy. Crudup is the choice because he is no stranger to motion capture acting, and I have always heard his voice in Abin Sur when I read Green Lantern: Secret Origin.
Thomas Kalmaku: Steven Yeun
Kalmaku is the mechanic at Ferris Aircraft and is the man that discovers Hal Jordan’s secret life as the Green Lantern. This role was a throw away role in the first movie. He would be a small role but he would be an integral role to the movie. Why not hire Glenn Rhee. A favorite of Walking Dead fans everywhere. We already cast one The Walking Dead cast member in the DCCU let’s cast another.
Alan Scott: Richard Gere
He is the Golden Age Green Lantern, Scott would function in a similar role that we have Jay Garrick will in The Flash movie. Scott would be an old friend of Carol Ferris and Hal Jordan’s fathers. He would also be an advisor to Carol and a father figure to Hal and John. Gere has been in many movies and would lend a little bit of star power to the film and hints at the JSA by his character’s mere presence.
Music: The Glitch Mob
It was said that if Daft Punk didn’t exist to write the soundtrack to TRON: Legacy they would have had to have been invented. I think that is true of the Glitch Mob in relation to a Green Lantern movie. Go listen to some of their songs to get the feel of what a Green Lantern movie could be.
Writers: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, & Joseph Kosinski
This is the writing team that brought us TRON: Legacy. When I watched that movie I thought that this is what Green Lantern should have been. Kitsis and Horowitz are known for TV’s Lost and Once Upon A Time, and Kosinski brought us TRON: Legacy and Oblivion; in fact, Kosinski pitched Oblivion through a Graphic Novel to studios and Tom Cruise, so there is respect for the medium
Director: Joseph Kosinski
I would also go with Kosinski as director. In TRON: Legacy he gave the audience two worlds with completely different feels. The real world was dark and gritty while the Grid was clean and dark. The way that the Grid looked is always how I felt that Oa should feel highlighting the power rings glow. Really just feel like he would be a good choice to direct and do justice to Green Lantern where the previous team failed.
There you go Green Lantern done right. Discuss and comment. We are going to keep this dream scenario going. In the next Water Cooler we are going to begin with the DC Cinemaverse year two. Next up Wonder Woman.