ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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One of the most challenging aspects of bringing Green Lantern - one of DC's most iconic comic book heroes - to the big screen is the fact that, over the years, a whole lot of characters have played the hero.

Sure, there've been a couple of takes on The Flash, but when it comes down to it, pretty much everyone has their favorite version nailed down. When it comes to GL, though - things get a whole lot more complicated. Years of replacements, back-ups and plot contrivances have led to there being a veritable multitude of Green Lantern's who've protected Earth from intergalactic harm, including the original, Alan Scott, the silver age (and 2011 movie) Hal Jordan, and, more recently, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner and Simon Baz.

So, it's perhaps not too surprising that the big question surrounding GL's forthcoming appearance in the DC Cinematic Universe is a pretty simple one:

Which Green Lantern are We Going to See?

Well, from the sounds of the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press, it seems the answer is set to be one of the more widely-beloved iterations of the hero: John Stewart.

Stewart first rose to Green Lantern-related prominence back in 1971's Green Lantern vol. 2, #87, becoming the reserve Green Lantern for the Earth-including sector 2814, but it wasn't until the 1980s that he got his shot at being the main Green Lantern, following Hal Jordan's retirement from the role. He was eventually replaced by Kyle Rayner, but in the meantime proved himself a capable - and popular - holder of the ring.

For many, though, his finest moments came in the animated Justice League TV show, and its sequel Justice League Unlimited, back in the 2000s. There, John Stewart was very much the undisputed Green Lantern of Earth, giving an entire generation of DC fans - who're now entering adulthood - a glimpse of just how awesome he could be.

Which, it seems, may well have been a contributing factor in DC and Warner Bros' decision to - from the sounds of it at least - make him the primary Green Lantern of the forthcoming DC Cinematic Universe.

Which, whether he's your favorite Lantern or not, certainly means one thing...

We're not going to see anything quite like this in the new DCCU:

Because, let's be honest - John Stewart would never stand for that kind of crap.

What do you reckon, though?



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