One Green Lantern Out of Seven
We know that Zach Snyder will "unite the seven" in [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) and the [Justice League Part One](movie:401267) that will follow. That is, we're 99.9% sure that Snyder isn't referring to Aquaman trying to unite the seven seas. For one thing, there are far more than seven seas out there these days, Aquaman! But mostly, we know that the Justice League is pretty consistent about its history of having a membership of seven superheroes.
I recently made a case that Green Lantern feels like he's bound to be the seventh member of the line up and guessed that it would be either Hal Jordan or John Stewart - but could DC have other plans for the character? Is there a big clue I missed in the recent change to the Justice League lineup that could point to someone else entirely?
Jessica Cruz Wild Card
Yes, yes there is. What escaped me was the simple fact that just as DC was mapping the blueprint of their own cinematic universe, one of biggest influences of that universe, Geoff Johns, was putting a brand new Green Lantern by the name of Jessica Cruz into the Justice League. Coincidence? And before you go saying that Cruz isn't a true Green Lantern - just wait to see what happens by the time Batman vs Superman or Justice League is in theaters.
It's hard to shake the timing of this character appearing and DC laying out its plans - which of course included DC and Warner Bros proudly announcing its Wonder Woman movie at the same time. Add that to the fact that both DC and Marvel are notorious for their synergy between the heroes that are currently appearing in the books being the ones that appear in their movies and vice versa. They're not going to want someone who watches the Justice League movie to go out and buy a Justice League comic book and be disappointed because it doesn't feature the same lineup.
A Furious Connection
And speaking of synergy, the rumor has gained a lot of traction not only because of Jessica Cruz and Michelle Rodriguez's shared Latino roots, but also because Warner Bros would naturally want to work with someone who has a good track record of appearing in past Warner Bros successes. And the Fast and Furious franchise has been a major money maker for Warner Bros.
You don't have to go back too far to see Warner Bros and DC doing exactly the same thing when they cast Israeli actress Gal Gadot after her appearance in Fast & Furious 6. And you don't have to search too hard to see just about every movie studio in the business talking about cast diversity being a huge benefit to how a movie performs in the United States and around the world.
In fact, the rumors of Spider-Man possibly returning as the African-American and Latino Miles Morales are very much in line with the same reasoning that DC and Warner Bros are using with Jessica Cruz. Marvel is in the middle of upending its comic book universe with the Secret Wars event in an effort to make their comic books match what is on the screen and there's a strong possibility that Miles Morales will end up in the mainstream comics rather than in that Ultimate universe.
Not to mention the fact that Jessica Cruz appearing in the Justice League could leave the door open for another Hal Jordan reboot down the line. In fact, all this talk about Jessica Cruz makes it even harder to image that the Justice League would go for Hal Jordan at all. And truth be told, DC could stand to take these kinds of chances that are more than likely to bring in more audience members than it keeps away. What do you think?