Green Lantern is a character that has been waiting for redemption after the Ryan Reynolds debacle. He is a fan favorite among DC fans and we would all love to see at least one Green Lantern character done right. We know that the Green Lantern Corp is on the way and the one person everyone wants to see is John Stewart. This younger generation grew up with John Stewart as their definitive Green Lantern and he is the one that most want to see on screen.
A name that has continued to pop up when fan-casting our beloved John Stewart is Fast and Furious star Tyrese Gibson. Now personally I don't think he is the right man for the job but I can see the interest. He has reportedly had meetings with WB regarding the role, so they may be much closer to a deal than we think. To me, I can think of a few other people I would love to see slip on the ring as John Stewart!
1. Nate Parker
Not only is Nate Parker an acclaimed actor, director, writer and producer, he would be a great fit for John Stewart! Best known for his critically acclaimed film, Beyond The Lights, Nate Parker could be to John Stewart what Ben Affleck is to Batman. He would truly define the role and bring my favorite childhood Green Lantern to life! If I had to choose right now, Nate Parker would definitely be on the top of my list!
2. Idris Elba
Idris Elba is one of the most critically acclaimed actors of this day and age. Time and time again he graces us with some of the most emotionally driven performance you will see. Beast of No Nation definitely deserved an Oscar nod, and that was easily one of his best. Idris Elba has been one of the more popular names thrown into the conversation of John Stewart. He surely has the look of classic John Stewart and I would love to see Idris Elba suit up next to the likes of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Green Lantern deserves a fantastic performance and Idris Elba can definitely deliver. He is almost perfect!
3. Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan's stock has risen tremendously over the past few years. Despite it's shortcomings, his performance as Johnny Storm was met with praise in the Fantastic Four re-boot, and recently his fantastic performance in Creed really let the world know of his ability. If they were to go with a younger John Stewart, I think Michael B. Jordan is the right man for the job! He has the look, the charisma, he is the complete package!
4. Donald Glover... Seriously
Let me be the first to say that I love Donald Glover's complete body of work. His work on Community is fantastic and I am a huge fan of his hip-hop alter ego Childish Gambino. In truth, Donald Glover is one of the most talented young people in Hollywood and I think he could bring a different twist to the character of John Stewart. Does he fit the bill of what we expect from John Stewart? Not at all, but his wit and gleefulness would be a refreshing twist on one of my favorite characters!
5. David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo would be a pretty awesome choice for John Stewart! Best known for Selma and Planet of The Apes, he has shown over the last few years that he can act, and act extremely well! He has the physical appearance to go along with that acting ability and he could be instrumental in bringing John Stewart to the big screen! I would be extremely happy if I woke up tomorrow to the announcement that David Oyelowo was cast as John Stewart! Unfortunately, he has been very open about being wary of taking on superhero roles. Let's hope that such an iconic character like John Stewart will erase that hesitation from his mind!
All Of These Actors Would Make A Great John Stewart!
I would be very confident in all of these actors that I stated here. John Stewart is one of my all time favorite characters. Growing up a Justice League Animated Series fan, John Stewart would be a welcome edition to the DCEU! Now we just have to wait and see who they choose!
"In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power--Green Lantern's light!"