There’s no getting away from it, 2011’s Green Lantern was a train-wreck. It’s hard to quantify exactly where it went wrong, because there’s just so many weaknesses. The CGI suit. The large ball of grey snot that comprised the bad guy. Peter Sarsgard’s big swollen head. None of it worked. At all… But, Green Lantern Corps just might.
The fact that Green Lantern isn’t included in the line-up for the forthcoming ‘Justice League’ movies is perhaps a yardstick for how much damage the film did to the marketability of the character. The only soft spot I have for it was Mark Strong’s Sinestro, if only one thing could break out of the project I’d want it to be him.
But DC hasn’t completely given up on the Green Lantern, and a new film is tentatively slated for 2020. Provisionally titled ‘Green Lantern Corps’, it’s clear the studio want to lighten the load that Hal Jordan’s expected to carry, by including some of the other prominent Lanterns, such as John Stewart and Guy Gardner.
Stewart is being heavily tipped to make an appearance, as studio execs have been quoted as saying they want a bro-mance in the film, along the lines of ‘Lethal Weapon’, with grumpy ex-soldier Stewart buddying up with a younger and inexperienced Lantern.
In terms of casting, Tyrese Gibson has been very vocally campaigning, tweeting meetings with Warner Brothers, and hoping to cash in on his success in the Fast/Furious series. Another recent contender to emerge has been Arrow’s own John Diggle, David Ramsey, who is expected to take up the role in the TV Series.
So that all begs the question, which Green Lanterns do you want to see in the movie, and who should play them?
5. Hal Jordan – Dan Stevens
Stevens easily possesses the looks and the sheer confidence needed to pull off playing this former test pilot turned superhero. He’s demonstrated the range of skills he can call on with his post-Downton performances in The Guest and Walk Amongst The Tombstones, and would be a great addition to the DC Universe.
4. Kyle Rayner – Brenton Thwaites
Up and coming Aussie actor Thwaites has already made some shrewd career choices with in his performances in Oculus and The Signal – I don’t think it would be a problem for him at all to join the Green Lantern Corps as the more emotionally charged and creative of the human Lanterns.
3. John Stewart – Rockmond Dunbar
Dunbar impressed me with his run as the head of Charming’s law enforcement in Sons Of Anarchy, conflicted between what his role expected and doing what he thought was the best thing to do for the town. He’d be a good pick for this ex-military Lantern, trying to fight his background and adjust to his new role.
2. Guy Gardner – Rob Kazinsky
Kazinsky is a talented British actor, who’s made a bit of a name for himself playing troubled characters. He’s got the right look, and the mouth needed to convey the attitude and abrasiveness required to play this conflicted ex-cop turned intergalactic lawman.
1. Simon Baz – Dewshane Williams
Had he not already been signed up for the Star Wars Universe, John Boyega would have been a great pick for the role of the newest of DC’s Green Lanterns. In his absence, Williams is a strong choice. He impressed with his role as put-upon young Sheriff Tommy LaSalle in Defiance, and would easily be able to convey the rebellious young Baz, whose attitude is ironed out by a Power Ring.
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