[Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) director Zach Snyder made a nice, um, splash last week when he unveiled the first official image of Aquaman via his highly entertaining Twitter account. There may have been a small group of Photoshop enthusiast who were mid-way through another fan-made Aquaman poster that had to go back to the drawing board - but overall I think everyone was pleasantly surprised. Especially the convergence of that Venn diagram between Aquaman fans and Rob Zombie fans - they must be ecstatic.
Uniting the Seven What?
The other part of this epic tweet that has people talking is the "Unite the Seven" tag that Snyder added. Immediately things seemed to be divided between whether Snyder was hinting at the seven members of the Justice League or if he was dropping some hint about Aquaman's solo movie involving the Atlantean king uniting the seven seas.
Let's assume that Snyder is referring to how Aquaman factors into his Batman v Superman movie. True, it could be that the Aquaman movie could be taking inspiration from comics writer Geoff John's recent "Rise of the Seven Seas" storyline but even if that's true, the term "unite the seven" doesn't really make a whole lot of sense if you've been following that plot. Perhaps most importantly is that the script for 2018's [Aquaman](movie:264237) is likely still in development and 2017's Justice League is probably Zach Snyder's more important fish to fry (no pun intended).
So Many Green Lanterns
So if we're counting our seven Justice League members and taking into account what we know about Batman v Superman, who do we have? Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg are all confirmed - which leaves the question that has been nagging fans and the folks at DC and Warner Bros since that 2011 movie, What's up with Green Lantern?
But who else could it be? There aren't as many characters as integral to the Justice League's history as Green Lantern. While here have been many Green Lanterns over the ages, both Marvel and DC like to coordinate their movies with the titles of the comic books they're selling - sometimes even adjusting the art in their comic books to more closely resemble the movies, and vice versa, which means that we'll most likely see a new version of Hal Jordan - the guy who appears in the Green Lantern comics currently being sold in the shops.
Though the Justice League does have some recent history with John Stewart and I'm sure many fans of the Justice League animated shows would love to see this character emerge as the new cinematic Green Lantern. It would also be a way for DC and Warner Bros to try to wipe 2011's Hal Jordan Green Lantern movie from everyone's mind as well as being an admirably bold move for them to have 2020 be the year of the Cyborg movie and a John Stewart Green Lantern movie.
When to Expect a Green Lantern
But if Warner Bros are planning on continuing their adherence to DC's recent New 52 reboot, it will likely be a new, less Ryan Reynolds-y, Hal Jordan that will fill the seventh spot in the Justice League lineup. If I were to place a wager, we probably won't even find out who is playing this character until after Batman v Superman is released. My guess would be that we'll see Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg being rounded up at the end of Batman v Superman and the hint at Green Lantern will be saved for the post-credits scene.
There's been some rumors for a while now that during Batman v Superman we'll be further informed on the metahuman theme that DC shows like Arrow and Flash have been trying to familiarize fans on. Rumor has it that Lex Luthor is trying to keep an eye on metahuman activity around the world and we'll see that characters like Aquaman and Flash are on his radar - this technology that Luthor has may even get into the hands of Batman and Superman and play into how the Justice League is formed.
But Green Lantern is a bit different than these terrestrial metahumans and it might be that he is the one who is keeping an eye on Lex Luthor (and Batman and Superman) rather than the other way around. It would be quite the surprise if Batman v Superman fits in a Green Lantern appearance that is more than a simple green, glowing, outer spacey hint of his character. Chances are we'll have to wait until [Justice League Part One](movie:401267) really starts to get into production before we'll get our first idea of who our Green Lantern will be.
There seems to be good reason to believe that you should keep an eye on Zach Snyder's Twitter feed and that unitetheseven hashtag if you want to see the debut of the Justice League members. Will Snyder tweet us our first look at Cyborg and Flash next?