Given that the upcoming [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) is supposed to lay the foundation for the the creation of the Justice League and the subsequent 2017 film, it's fair to say that it's going to be a tough one to pull off given how many heroes Synder is going to be juggling (Man of Steel was terrible, and then he only had to deal with one superhero...).
But we live in the hope that Nolan's trilogy gave us for the DC movies, and so speculate upon how the other members of the Justice League are going to fit into the story. It's unlikely that we're going to get to see much of the other members this time round (except perhaps Wonder Woman), since this film is going to be dealing primarily with the often tense friendship and ideological clashes between Batman and Superman.
So who have we got so far?
So far on our roster for Batman vs Superman we have:
- Ben Affleck - Bruce Wayne / Batman
- Henry Cavill - Clark Kent / Superman
- Gal Gadot - Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
- Ray Fisher - Victor Stone / Cyborg
- Jason Momoa - Orin / Aquaman
- Ezra Miller - Barry Allen / Flash
This leaves us with just two members of the original founding Justice League seven unaccounted for: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz).
Hang on, didn't we already have a Green Lantern film?
The pertinent question for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in setting up the Justice League is, which Green Lantern are we going to be seeing here?
2011's Green Lantern was critically panned, and rightly so. The titular actor, Ryan Reynolds, subsequently jumped ship over to 20th Century Fox to play Marvel's Weapon X/Deadpool and has been vocal about how much he hated the film (in the trailer for the upcoming Deadpool he makes scathing references to his iteration of Green Lantern, mocking the CGI costume in particular).
When DC do re-introduce Green Lantern, and they're going to have to at some point along the road to Justice League, there are a few possibilities.
First, they could return to their Golden Age roots with the original Green Lantern of Earth: Alan Scott, who first appeared in 1940.
In the Silver-Age DC rebooted Green Lantern as the now most popularly known, Hal Jordan, who was part of the Justice League founding; sadly it was also this iteration of the character that appeared in the 2011 film. Since Reynold's has expressed no desire to return to this role, and the studio probably would prefer to scrap the DCMU's Green Lantern history and start afresh, it seems more likely that a new actor will be brought in to give the character a fresh start, hopefully with better success than the last time.
So they could do something similar to the route Marvel took with Ant-Man and introduce the successor to the original title as the current Lantern. There have been a few of these but the most popular have probably been Guy Gardner and John Stewart (pictured above).
It's worth noting that Stewart was actually the first black superhero in DC comics and therefore plays a significant role in the franchise's cultural heritage, and the series sure would gain a lot from a little more diversity.
Either way we probably wont get to see Green Lantern in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, unless Synder is keeping some secrets up his sleeves.
Who's Martian Manhunter then?
The final member of the original Justice League seven, Martian Manhunter isn't as popular or widely known outside of the comics as the likes of Green Lantern.
Martian Manhunter is, unsurprisingly, a martian. Originally he's accidentally pulled to earth by a teleport beam and ends up stranded whilst he waits for rescue. He adopts a human identity (John Jones) and decides he might as well fight some crime whilst he's waiting around cause why not? He eventually reveals his identity, becomes aligned with Superman and is instrumental in founding the Justice League.
So, how come we haven't seen him in the movies before?
Good question! Martian Manhunter was supposed to appear in the now abandoned Justice League Mortal movie, there was even some concept sculpting done for his face. However so far there's no indication that he's going to be appearing in either Dawn of Justice or Justice League.
Instead he's being replaced by Cyborg (of Teen Titans fame).
This was done in order to keep the DCMU in line with the 2011 continuity reboot (The New 52) which saw Cyborg established as a Justice League founding member in place of Manhunter, who instead became a member of Stormwatch.
The New 52 was a bold move by DC which effectively cancelled all of their existing titles and rebooted them as new series, resetting continuity across the board. If that sounds confusing, well, that's comic books for you.