ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Recent reports have Furious 7 star Tyrese Gibson really, REALLY wanting to play the title role in DC/Warner Brothers' upcoming Justice League and Green Lantern films, if they go with John Stewart.

But recent signs point to DC/WB going in an entirely different - and surprising - direction for one of their most iconic characters.

They point to another Furious 7 star wearing the power ring.

Are we all ready for Michelle Rodriguez as [Green Lantern](movie:593221)?!

First, being the traditionalist I am, I would love to see Hal Jordan given another shot, with a different actor than Ryan Reynolds, and really do the most iconic version of the character justice on the big screen.

Especially since he was the Green Lantern in the Geoff Johns/Jim Lee relaunch of the team - that also included certain cinematic Justice Leaguer, Cyborg, as a member of the team for the first time.

But if ANY character has several versions that would resonate with audiences, it's Green Lantern.

Besides Hal, Mr. Perfect, there is longtime fan-favorite: Guy Gardner. His hard nosed, hardheaded and humorous personality would be perfect to play off of the other ultra-serious members of the Justice League. I would personally go see Justice League three times if they do a "one punch" moment with Batman during the film.

John Stewart not only had a decent run as THE Green Lantern, he is THE Green Lantern for the millions of fans of the various Justice League animated series.

Meanwhile, Kyle Rayner - much like Wally West as the Flash - was THE Green Lantern for a whole generation of comic book fans.

If DC/WB is determined to create some real buzz and stress "diversity" over a Green Lantern most people are familiar with, there is also Simon Baz to consider. Like Ms. Marvel he’s young - and would also give DC/WB a load of positive publicity by having an the first Arab-American superhero.

Baz also was recently a member of Steve Trevor's Justice League America which was created by DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns himself just a couple of short years ago.


But if you think about it, there is another Lantern that Johns has helped bring to the forefront after creating her post-New 52.

It may be one that DC/WB is holding off on announcing, to see if the DC Cinematic Universe is strong enough after at least Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice to take big risks like Marvel has with Guardians of the Galaxy.

Because of all the seven characters that are practically guaranteed to be in the film, the casting of Green Lantern is the only missing piece of the puzzle.

Superman will, of course be played by Henry Cavill. Batman will be brought to live-action life by Ben Affleck, Wonder Woman by Gal Gadot, Aquaman by Jason Momoa, the Flash by Ezra Miller, and Cyborg by Ray Fisher.

Green Lantern is the only one of the Big Seven left to be cast - and I think it may be to give them time to properly get fans - and even the general public - more acquainted with this character:

Her name is Jessica Cruz, she is a Green Lantern

Her short history is a bit confusing, so I'll simply present her Wikia History:

Jessica Cruz went on a hunting trip with her friends and unfortunately came across mobsters, who were burying a body. Unwilling to have witnesses, the mobsters shot and killed Jessica's friends while Jessica herself managed to escape, but was extremely traumatized by the incident. After an aggravated assault, Jessica Cruz locked herself in her room for 4 years. During the Crime Syndicate's rule, she was unwillingly chosen by the Ring of Volthoom, after its former bearer, Harold Jordan of Earth 3, was killed by Sinestro. Unlike the ring's predecessors, the ring forced upon Jessica and took over her body. Under the influence of the ring, she attacked her home town and was confronted by the Justice League and Doom Patrol. Through the intervention of Batman, Jessica was able to overcome the ring's influence when he told her that he was a victim like her and that finding strength, even at their worst moment of despair, will overcome their fears.

Interesting, no?

But a few other pieces of info seem to make this still largely unknown Green Lantern a strong possibility to hit the silver screen.

Firstly, Cruz is a current Justice League member and was created by Johns, who has graduated from being DC's premier writer to a cross between Kevin Feige and Joe Quesada - which of course means any character featured prominently has a strong chance of being part of the DC Cinematic Universe.

Then consider that Johns created Cruz at almost exactly the time DC/WB . seemed to be assembling their grand movie slate that they announced last October.

Johns seemed to double down on DC's attempt at more diversity by creating Cruz almost right after he created Baz, giving the Green Lantern Corps - and Justice Leagues, with Cruz! - two younger, more ethnic members to add to their rosters. He even gave the characters synergy by having Baz be Cruz's mentor.

With the relaunched "New 52" Justice League lineup exactly the same lineup as the movie version - Batman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Cyborg - it is strong evidence that what is happening in the recent comics is a harbinger of how DC/WB will likely proceed with their Cinematic Universe.

By having Cyborg fill a roster of the Justice League for the first time ever, in DC's most hyped book, underscores how much they are trying to not be bound too much by tradition.

Think about it, Cyborg is considered part of the core of the Justice League in "The New 52," ahead of heroes and heroines with much stronger traditional ties to the group - and fan-favorites - like Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and the Atom.

This was obviously done to provide the group with not only a black character, but a younger one. Cyborg also brings a technical aspect and a kind of weaponry to the group that those other characters lack.

When you take that into consideration, it is not too much of a stretch to think Johns and DC/WB would eschew tradition and history and lessen the overwhelming testosterone of the traditional group, while also giving the Justice League and the DC Cinematic Universe as a whole a member who is Hispanic.

Now, some will argue that Jessica Cruz isn’t even a Green Lantern from our Earth yet. She possesses a power ring from another Multiverse Earth that feeds on fear rather than willpower.

While this is technically true, Johns seems to be setting the seeds to have Cruz overcome her obstacles and fears and eventually earn a Green Lantern ring - as the first female Green Lantern of our Earth!

Such a move would undoubtedly generate a lot of publicity and positive feedback.

Then, DC can use that momentum to declare that female, Hispanic Jessica Cruz is going to be in a Justice League film!

Johns has already hinted that Jessica becoming the first female Green Lantern of Earth has been his plan all along.

Here's some key panels from Johns' last Green Lantern story, "Green Lantern #20," seemingly showing the future of ALL the major DC Universe Green Lanterns, way back in May 2013:

Then you toss in the fact that Michelle Rodriguez has expresses a desire to play a super-heroine on the big screen, AND that the kick-ass resume of Rodriguez includes films from Fox (Avatar and Machete), Sony (S.W.A.T, Battle: Los Angeles) and, of course, Universal's Fast and Furious franchise - but none for Disney or DC/WB, and it looks like a perfect pairing.

What do the rest of you think?


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