Superhero cinema is so busy these days it’s almost easy to forget that the Green Lantern is getting a reboot (contingent, of course, on WB thumbs-upping Geoff Johns’ draft after his latest “promotion”). Following the relative flop that was the Ryan Reynolds film (Reynolds is a fine actor, but it wasn’t an ideal fit), the character, or more accurately characters of the Green Lantern comics disappeared from the big screen for a little while. However, IMDB already has a page up for a July 2020 film tentatively titled Green Lantern Corps, which means the reboot is actually not too far off. Even if that July date is ultimately pushed back a bit, we’re only a few years away at most.
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The 10 Biggest Moments from Ron Marz’ Green Lantern Run
From Green Lantern Vol. 3, #48 in January of 1994 all the way to #125 in June of 2000 (with a modicum of breaks along the way), Ron Marz was the Geoff Johns of that era of Green Lantern comics. There were ups, there were downs, there was crazy stuff, but always it was entertaining. Down to Earth more often than not, to where there’d be any sort of big space adventure, that’d be a big deal. I loved that. I admit, I would have never picked up an issue of Green Lantern had I not read in Wizard Magazine that “big stuff” was going on in the title. I picked up #50, backtracked a little from there, and the rest is history.
Let’s go down memory lane a little bit of some of the highlights of Ron Marz’ tenure as the gatekeeper of Green Lantern:
A lot of articles are spreading like wildfire in the past couple of days about Tom Cruise being “in the running” for Hal Jordan in the “Green Lantern Corps” film but he has one condition: he dies in the script, but he doesn’t want to. If they change this in the script, he’s all good.
There is a couple of very obvious things wrong with this.
As has been well documented, after his simultaneous ousting as CCO of DC and President of WB Entertainment, as a consolation prize Geoff Johns was and has been tapped to write a first draft on the “Green Lantern Corps” screenplay there is no guarantee they will even use. It is neither complete nor turned in yet, nor given the thumbs up by WB as any kind of, “OK, this is something we want to move forward on.” As Geoff Johns has admitted in interviews, he “hopes” WB likes it and the hope is that they would proceed with his vision. “Hopes” being the operative word. They could very easily pass on it, as they passed on his script wrote in tandem with Ben Affleck for the original version of “The Batman” that Ben Affleck was going to direct.
There are several key words in there. The long and the short of it is that there is no script yet, the casting process is a long ways off (like, you know, when WB knows what movie it is they’re shooting, as they haven’t even read Geoff’s script yet because it doesn’t exist). Tom Cruise cannot be “in the running” if the casting process is still in the distance. Can you imagine pitching Tom Cruise right now?
WB: “Hi, Tom. A word?”
Tom Cruise: “Hey, sure! What’s up, WB?”
WB: “You want to play Hal Jordan in our new Green Lantern Corps movie?”
Tom Cruise: “Eh… I dunno. The last one was kind of iffy. Wasn’t that the one co-produced by Geoff Johns? That word is around Hollywood, you gave full veto authority to, creatively?”
WB: “Yeah! It’s funny you mention him. He’s the guy that’s writing the script of the new one.”
Tom Cruise: “Oh.”
WB: “Well what do you say? Are you in?”
Tom Cruise: “Jeeze, I dunno. I guess I’d need to read a script first. Can you send one to my agent?”
WB: “Doesn’t exist yet. But Geoff Johns is a great guy! He used to work for Richard Donner in like the 90s for little bit, as he mentions in many, many interviews you can Google. You may remember Richard Donner from SUPERMAN! #richarddonner”
Tom Cruise: “Ehhh… right, but… so you basically have nothing for me to look at right now? Fallout’s doing pretty great but I certainly don’t want another Mummy…”
WB: “Nope! But are you in?”
You can see how absurd that is, yes? Nothing to see here, folks. Everything you read on the internet isn’t true.
According to Geoff Johns, his “Green Lantern Corps” script is shaping up to be not like Guardians of the Galaxy “Because James Gunn did such a great job on that, but you got to look at it like… I don’t want to get into it, either.” Also other gems emerge, like, “What do you do to try and reintroduce a concept and a group of characters and make it – this applies to everything I work on – but as a writer, and that’s what I really wanted to get back to, is being the writer, when I do my comics I feel I have more control over the minutae, because the minutae it does matter.” Everybody got that? Basically “I like control.” Also, he offered a comment on the suits in the previous “Green Lantern” film, (which he also co-produced): “I look at what they did with those suits. Look, I have so many opinions that I won’t say.” Hopefully he will keep us updated!
The last couple… well, hell, few years… there has been a discerned drop in Green Lantern fandom. We’ve felt it. Have you? The Diamond sales have felt it. We feel you. No, really, we do. Well, what has it been to you? Let’s talk about it.
Possible leaks suggest that Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz may, in fact, be the Lanterns starring in the “Lethal Weapon-like” film, “Green Lantern Corps” (which, if true, smell strongly of the involvement of Geoff Johns). The leaks suggest they are in search of Hal Jordan, who has been missing since the events of the Justice League movie:
The Emotional Magnetic Spectrum consists of nine colors and each unique color has a corresponding emotion. Each is also assigned a specific energy field and the whole thing is overseen by Lantern Corps. Following on from events in Dark Nights Metal, namely the Source Wall breach, DC Comics has announced that they are adding a tenth color to the spectrum – ultraviolet.
This new portion of the spectrum will be entrusted to none other than John Stewart, the current Green Lantern, not the TV host. Along with the announcement, DC released some cover art for the new issues. This art, by Jorge Jimenez, features Stewart with his new ring in place and the ultraviolet logo.
The new storyline revolves around Stewart learning of the ultraviolet power and learning how to properly wield it. He will be unleashing his new abilities alongside many stalwarts of the Justice League, with the Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman all appearing. Issue 3 will see the Justice League investigating the scene of the Source Wall fragment. Along the way they will encounter hordes of monsters, and, according to DC, they will face “a pair of longtime archenemies using stolen Atom technology to literally get under [the League’s] skin.”
The subsequent issue will expand upon this ultraviolet story, but DC remains cagey about their long-term plans for the plotline. Whether Stewart will become just one of many Ultraviolet Lanterns, or whether this will make him split off to form his own superhero team, remains up in the air. What we do know is that he is the first who will wield this new power, and the indications so far are that Stewart will remain in this state for some time.
Given the scope of the Dark Multiverse, there is every chance that we will be introduced to new sectors and other areas for the Lanterns to keep watch over.
Green is the best known of the Lantern Corps in the DC Universe, but there are others. Green is represented by the force of willpower and it is wielded by the Oans, a race of beings who act as Guardians of the Universe, combating evil throughout the cosmos.
How to Read the New Issues
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When Green Lantern: Rebirth was written, it established the existence of the rest of the spectrum. Among the rest of the spectrum are Red Lanterns, who naturally signify anger and rage. Yellow Lanterns are represented by fear, while Orange is associated with green, and blue with hope. The exact nature of the ultraviolet part of the spectrum is yet to be established.
What Does a Green Lantern Do on Their Days Off?
Have you ever wondered what superheroes do when they’re not fighting crime or saving the universe? It’s not something that gets covered in comic book stories and movies very often, because all the emphasis is on the protagonist’s battles with evil and his or her internal struggles with their own personal demons. Do they even have time for a day off here and there? Of course, reading about the day Wonder Woman read a great book, or watching a Green Lantern cataloguing his stamp collection wouldn’t make the most riveting story, but surely there must be more to their lives than the unending stress of getting Earth out of yet another tricky situation that spells doom for the human race?
They must have other things to do, surely?
If you’re thinking that superheroes obviously must do other things in their spare time, see if you can name any. Have a search on Google and discover the almost complete lack of any information on how the saviors of the human race kick back and relax. In the Lego movie, Justice League vs the Bizarro League, the Flash does ask for some ideas for things to do because he’s bored, and has a go at hobbies like ice sculpture and North American bird calls, but then these only take him seconds to master and he doesn’t seem able to slow down and stop moving at the speed of light!
Green Lantern could be a secret Pokémon addict
Given that there are a great many different Green Lanterns in the universe stretching back a fair way into history, it could be argued that it’s perfectly possible that one of them may have got hooked on Japanese pocket monsters, but there’s no evidence that any of the human lanterns ever have. In asking a question like “What does a Green Lantern do on his days off?“, you immediately hit a problem because unlike Superman or Batman, Green Lantern is a title held by a series of different people. These lanterns have all had their own unique personalities, so obviously there’s no simple answer. But if you know your lanterns, you could make a pretty educated guess:
* Hal Jordan: Being the definitive hero type, Hal would probably be happiest using his leadership skills to crack the fiendishly cunning challenge of the Escape Room St Louis. With the kind of life he’s had to lead, giving his brain a rest is likely to be an alien concept, and figuring out a mystery puzzle might be just the kind of challenge he would consider to be a relaxing diversion.
* Guy Gardner: Although his persona has shifted a few times over the years, Guy has always had an impressive ego, so a show-off sport like snowboarding could be right up his street. Showing off his skills on the half-pipe with a few ollies and a poptart would suit his style to a tee.
If you know anything about the hobbies and pastimes of any of the Green Lanterns, spread the word – there are a lot of interested fans out there waiting to hear more!