ByTaylor Standifird, writer at
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I'm sure all of you have heard the rumors of DC's movie line-up for the next few years, including highly anticipated first-timers, such as Shazam and The Flash. If the rumors are to be believed, then we will soon be getting another DC duo film (after [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) (2016)) in just a few more years. Now, with Grant Gustin portraying Barry Allen/Flash in his own TV show, he will most likely be in the Justice League, when the time comes. If [Justice League](movie:401267) (2017) filmmakers stick close to the comics (fingers crossed but not optimistic), then the Green Lantern who was great friends with Barry Allen was Hal Jordan. Like I said, I doubt that DC will stick with Jordan, as both John Stewart and Kyle Rayner have been rumored to be the Green Lantern in this incarnation of the Justice League, but if it's still Jordan, will they replace Ryan Reynolds?

In an interview with Empire last year, Reynolds was asked if he'd been asked by Warner Bros. and DC to reprise Hal Jordan in an eventual Justice League movie, and he responded with:

Not's just that working on Green Lantern, I saw how difficult it is and how confused it all can be when you don't really know exactly where you're going with it or how to access that world this point, I have very little interest in joining that kind of world, but, you know, a great script and good director could always turn that around.

So, cryptic at best on whether Reynolds is physically willing to return. Personally, I'm rooting for his return 100%, because if anything was good about Green Lantern (2011), it was Ryan Reynolds portrayal of Hal Jordan. Unfortunately, with the fan outcry and Warner Bros. possibly not offering him the role, who would you want to be the next Green Lantern? I'll give you my choices for who I'd like to be Kyle Rayner and John Stewart, but I will not choose a replacement Hal Jordan, because I don't want anyone else for the role except Ryan Reynolds.

Idris Elba as John Stewart

Yes, I am jumping on the bandwagon a little with this choice, but ever since I first thought of a live-action John Stewart, Elba has always stood out in my mind. As for those of you who've pondered Stewart being Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's mystery DC role, I can see why Warner Bros. would offer it to him, but I don't like him for the role. In another of my articles, I stated that I'd love him the most as Black Adam, but that's a story for another time. Elba has proved many times that he has great, and I think underestimated, skills in the worlds of action, comedy, and drama. I think he would be perfect for this role, and he'd make accepting John Stewart, rather than Hal Jordan, a lot easier for me. There are just two minor problems with introducing Stewart (assuming Warner Bros. sticks to the facts) and those are: Stewart only becomes a Green Lantern after Guy Gardner is seriously hurt, but that would be easy to find their way around having to introduce Gardner as well. The other is that Hal Jordan personally trains him as a Green Lantern, and, although they could easily find their way around it, I doubt it would be in an approving way.

Milo Ventimiglia as Kyle Rayner

Though Ventimiglia has always been a hit-or-miss actor for me, I always loved his portrayal of Peter Petrelli in the Heroes series (we'll miss you in Heroes: Reborn, Pete). He has always been high on my list of possible superheroes and Rayner seems like a pretty good fit for him. I personally find one big problem with him being Rayner and one big problem for Rayner being involved at all. In reference to Ventimiglia filling the role, Kyle Rayner eventually becomes one of the most powerful beings in the world after mastering all seven powers of the emotional color spectrum, and something inside me doesn't think he could pull off being a hugely powerful hero again. Last time that happened, all of his powers were taken away from him, which lead to me holding a personal grudge against the third and fourth seasons of Heroes. The problem with Rayner being involved is that he only becomes a Green Lantern after Hal Jordan destroys the entire Green Lantern Corps. That's a huge back-story to present before introducing Rayner in the perfect way. Of course, I highly doubt that DC is willing to go through all the trouble, not only for Rayner, but for the whole Green Lantern film franchise.

The Flash/Green Lantern movie is rumored to be released in 2017, so who do you guys want for Green Lantern? Would you rather see Guy Gardner take the helm? Let me know your opinions in the comments!


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