For a little while now, we've known that it's almost certain that the next big screen iteration of Green Lantern will be the John Stewart version and not Hal Jordan. DC's animated universe has featured the Stewart version for quite some time now, and there's also the fact that Ryan Reynolds had zero interest in reprising his role. The first Green Lantern movie was met with critical and commercial derision, not the least of which came from Reynolds himself, who even worked in a jab at his former superhero role in the Deadpool footage shown at Comic-Con: "Please don't make the super-suit green," he begs the Weapon X recruiter. "Or animated!"
But one man's pass on a role is another man's gain, and actor Tyrese Gibson has confirmed today to Collider that he has, in fact, been in talks with Warner Bros. to fill the shoes of John Stewart (probably):
I’ve already had a couple of meetings at Warner Bros., so we’ll see what happens. I do believe that there needs to be more black superheroes out there, but that’s not even my motivation. I think I would be the best Green Lantern and based on my fans and supporters that spent around $6 billion in box office receipts, I feel like there’s a fanbase of fans out there waiting to see me put on this green suit and do my thing. So I would love to confirm something today but I can’t. We’ll just keep following up.
Gibson protests his innocence in the beginning, saying it was all the work of some dedicated fans, and their fan art, that got the initial ball rolling. And that may be true, but Gibson has been decidedly thirsty ever since he realized that fans were actually into the idea of him in the role, even starting a #GreenLanternMission hashtag on Twitter to put himself on WB's radar. That comment above reads exactly like a sales pitch for himself.
Regardless of how bad he wants it - and Gibson has made it obvious for months that he does want this role, very badly - fans of him playing Green Lantern should take the above news with a grain of salt. For blockbuster superhero roles, studios initiate talks with everyone, and they'd certainly at least meet a time or two with an actor who has fan support. But ultimately, they'll cast who is best for the role, the actor they feel can carry the weight of the franchise on his shoulders. Whether or not that actor will end up being Gibson remains to be seen, but hey, at least he's one step closer to fulfilling his dream.
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