You know that feeling when your friends have a party, or a night out, or even just start a new Facebook messenger chat group, and forget to invite you? That's pretty much how Green Lantern must be feeling right now, except he's a fictional construct and can't actually feel emotions. Alright let's get off this analogy now.
Though the unexpected Justice League teaser released at this year's San Diego Comic Con was also unexpectedly amazing, it didn't answer a burning question that many fans have been asking ever since the exciting cast list for the Justice League founding members started rolling out. Because — despite the fact that the first promo images of Jason Momoa as Aquaman featured the title "Unite The Seven" — Justice League is looking more like a Six right now, missing a critical member of the mariachi band.
Where In Space Sector 2814 Is Green Lantern?
After the largely vilified, Ryan Reynolds starring Green Lantern back in 2011 pretty much shot the big-screen version of the character in the foot, fans of the DC main player have waited patiently to see him brought to life as part of the DCEU-proper, with 2020 bringing us an ensemble Lantern piece with Green Lantern Corps.
But he's been suspiciously absent from all the Justice League promo so far, with not even a whiff of a reference to him (or her... hey there are female Lanterns ya know!). Whilst Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman all got their own little introductions via Lex Luthor's icon based fanfiction alongside the headlining titans in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Green Lantern was conspicuously absent.
He is, after all, one of the founding Seven of the Justice League — even hailing back to the Martian Manhunter days (who lost his founding member status to Cyborg during the New 52 reboot) — so you'd think he'd be introduced for a movie titled Justice League. You'd be wrong.
He May Be In Justice League — Part Two
Aside from Green Lantern Corps far off in the distant future that is 2020, we don't really know very much about when we'll meet Green Lantern, or which actor shall portray him. Even Entertainment Weekly's big DC Extended Universe timeline coverage back in March didn't really clarify the issue, but it did give us an estimated time of appearance from the Emerald Knight — if all goes to plan.
According to DCEU Producer Charles Roven, we shouldn't expect to see him for a while yet. He might show up in Justice League – Part Two, but that's still a big maybe.
"Every beat of the movie is not yet worked out. So there’s the possibility that [Green Lantern] may or may not be in Justice League 2. For now, we felt that we were introducing enough characters that the best possible place we could put Green Lantern is some introduction in Justice League 2, or barring that, a movie after."
From the sounds of things, Green Lantern has simply drawn the short straw. Trying to cram in a bunch of new characters over the space of even two movies takes a lot of work to establish each one — so it's sounds like the Lantern was the one they decided to bring in a little later, leaving more wiggle room for the other six. It's alright Green Lantern, we still love you.
Luckily for us, it seems Warner Bros. do still love Green Lantern, they're just holding on to that reveal for a little while. Warner Bros. Creative Development President Greg Silverman told Entertainment Weekly that they have big plans for the Lanterns they're planning to introduce:
"[Green Lantern] is an incredible character. He’s actually multiple incredible characters. There’s real opportunity there. We didn’t do a great job on that first Green Lantern movie. This is a character who deserves to be treated in the same way that Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman are being treated now, which is with great reverence. I guess I can say to the Green Lantern fans: if they can be patient with us, I think they’ll be really happy."
Pick A Lantern, Any Lantern
So when DC do get around to re-introducing Green Lantern there are a few possibilities because, as Silverman points out, there's plenty of characters to go around. They could return to their Golden Age roots with the original Green Lantern of Earth, Alan Scott, who first appeared in 1940 — although his character is largely outdated and overshadowed by the best-known version of the character, Hal Jordan.
When DC entered the Silver Age they rebooted Green Lantern as test pilot Hal Jordan, and it is Jordan who holds the status of Justice League founding member. Hal's strong moral fibre and heroic sense cemented him as an important character in the DC legacy, and he's been at the forefront of the League ever since. Sadly it was also this iteration of the character that appeared in the 2011 film, but since Green Lantern didn't form part of the DCEU we have little to worry about.
Or, if Hal doesn't make the cut, Warner Bros. could do something similar to the route Marvel took with Ant-Man, introducing a successor as the current Lantern. There have been a few of these, but the most popular have been Guy Gardner and John Stewart.
A hot rumor could suggest that it may be John Stewart we'll be seeing in the DCEU, and that's all down to Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson, who has been teasing his shot at the role since the beginning of last year with a fan-art post on his Instagram. He's certainly got the John Stewart look down (a bald John Stewart anyway).
Then, on Larry King Now back in March, Gibson told King that he had in fact met with Warner Bros. regarding talks about slipping on that famous green ring, something he'd "love to do".
: So, have you heard from Zack Snyder?
: Maybe he's watching.
: I did meet with Warner Brothers, though.
: And — um — shoot me a prayer, Larry.
: You got a shot?
: I do.
: I loved the Green Lantern when I was a kid. That was a great comic book.
: I would love it. I've taken the oath. I would love to do it.
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. But as the most widely known and longest running Green Lantern of Earth, it's a safe bet to guess that Hal will be the one entering the DCEU ring (let's just hope they keep out that story about his underage girlfriend).
It's worth noting though that Hal, John and Guy have all co-existed at the same time in the comic books, which means we could very well get all three of them in Green Lantern Corps. But only one can be the Justice League founder Green Lantern, and right now the odds seem to be on either Hal Jordan or John Stewart being that Lantern. (Sidenote: Which Lantern is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.)
If it is the likely Hal Jordan version who we meet as the premiere Green Lantern, it's entirely possible that Flash/Barry Allen could be the segway into the DCEU and the Justice League for his character, as the two of them have a long history and are very close friends in the comics. And as Flash says in the Justice League teaser, "I need friends."
So, right now the answer to the question of what Green Lantern is up to is, we don't know. All we can say right now is that yes, he's going to be introduced into the DCEU as a member of the Justice League; maybe in Justice League — Part Two, maybe played by Tyrese Gibson. Or maybe not, it's Warner Bros., so who knows what could happen? They let Green Lantern be made, after all.