According to IGN/Fans, John Stewart should be the movie GL

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#1 Posted by The_Greatest_Green_Lantern (68 posts) - - Show Bio

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/29/hero-worship-who-should-be-the-new-live-action-green-lantern?abthid=51ce28f6d062944b09000015

Hero Worship: Who Should be the New Live-Action Green Lantern?

Time to call John Stewart into cinematic action.

by Joey EspositoJUNE 28, 2013

For all of June, with the end of the Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern run and the start of a new era of cosmic adventures for Hal Jordan and company, IGN Comics has been celebrating Green Lantern Month. Of course, this was kinda-sorta a big month for Superman as well, so I thought a good way to cap off Green Lantern Month was to wildly speculate about the (eventual, hopeful) return of Green Lantern in the new cinematic universe that Man of Steel has created.

Even though I personally think that there’s plenty of fun to be found in the 2011 Green Lantern movie (if not necessarily basic filmmaking or storytelling fundamentals), it’s probably a safe bet that all ties to that flick will be severed when it comes time to bring the character back. As such, I would propose leaving Hal Jordan behind altogether. I know, I know. I’m terrible.

Though in the comics Hal has been back in action as a Green Lantern for a decade now, the decade prior to that he was either a mass-murdering lunatic or serving as the spirit of vengeance, the Spectre. During that time, new Lantern Kyle Rayner stepped up and held down the fort as Green Lantern. And by fort, I mean the whole galaxy, since the Green Lantern Corps were, at the time, decimated.

Former Earth Lanterns John Stewart andGuy Gardner went on to pursue other roles in the DCU after the end of the Corps and Kyle was left more or less on his own until 2004. But that was in the comics. In the last few years of the Kyle Rayner era, it was another Lantern that was enjoying the spotlight in another, more mainstream, medium.

Though Kyle was indeed introduced as Earth’s Green Lantern in Superman: The Animated Series, it was John Stewart that was the Green Lantern present in 2001’s Justice League/Justice League Unlimited animated series. As a result of the animated JLA’s success, there is a generation of non-comic book reading but superhero-loving fans out there for whom John Stewart is their Lantern.

My formative years reading comics were the mid-1990s when Kyle was doing his thing, but even I’m partial to John just because of the animated series. Because of this mainstream familiarity – I guarantee the non-comics reading public are more likely to know about John than they are Kyle – John is the best route to go when considering an Earth Lantern for the new cinematic DC Universe.

I’ll admit part of my thinking here is just drooling over the thought of Idris Elba as John Stewart, but it also makes the most sense for the brand. The first live-action Green Lantern was unfortunately a disappointment, and it’s probable WB would like to distance themselves from that, especially after the financial success of Man of Steel. Even still, it’s unlikely we’d see another stand-alone Green Lantern movie until after the Justice League movie at the very least.

I know you want this too.

If you consider the average viewer of Justice League at the time it premiered in 2001 was 8-12 (I was 16, but you know, whatever), those kids are now enjoying the misery of their early 20s and are able to pay for their own movie tickets. Coincidentally, these folks also fall in one of the target Hollywood demographics: the 18-24s. If WB is going to build a Justice League universe as they claim, taking advantage of this demographic by using John Stewart to wipe the memories of the 2011 Green Lantern is the way to go.

I love all of the Green Lanterns for different reasons – and Kyle remains my Green Lantern -- but I think John is the clear choice to help distinguish the Green Lantern of the cinematic universe as something new, different, and hopefully, better.

Who do you guys want to see as the new live-action Green Lantern? Vote below!

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#2 Edited by lilben42 (2487 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah I voted for John Stewart.

#3 Posted by noj (1038 posts) - - Show Bio

Its because most casual fans who are on the IGN boards first and probably only knowledge of the Green Lantern came from the JL animated series. Im not entirely against John Stewart as GL for the movie but I would FAR prefer Hal Jordan.

#4 Edited by Ciriel (410 posts) - - Show Bio

That's because most have seen the cartoon.

#5 Edited by Black_Claw (2819 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn, almost a decade since the cartoon premiered and John is STILL loved by an entire generation of fans. This just made my day.

Also, shouldn't this be in the John Stewart forums?

#6 Posted by SUNMAN (7036 posts) - - Show Bio

John Stewart still has a positive image from the Justice League cartoon, which will live on for a while which trumps anything in the comics to the broader audience. Also Hal Jordan has the Super Friends pulling him down. Not to mention the God Awful Green Lantern movie. Seriously to the average movie goer its like they stole Maverick from Top Gun, but instead of getting an A lister like Hal Jordan they got a B-lister in Ryan Reynolds than went with a SyFy original movie plot and misused CGI.

I'll just ignore how annoying Hal Jordan was in the first 12 issues of the current Justice League run, but you get the drift.

That being said the studio is still most likely going ahead with Hal Jordan. I don't think we;ve seen any indications they are switching Green Lanterns

#7 Posted by RustyRoy (9299 posts) - - Show Bio

Idris Elba as John Stewart for the JL movie and GL reboot.

#8 Posted by Saren (24394 posts) - - Show Bio

Please. It doesn't matter what anyone on the internet thinks or what the perception of Hal is. WB's going to pick him as the movie GL no matter what.

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#9 Posted by Veshark (8558 posts) - - Show Bio

@rustyroy said:

Idris Elba as John Stewart for the JL movie and GL reboot.

I'd watch that.

#10 Edited by TDK_1997 (13739 posts) - - Show Bio

I never had any big impression from the sharp minds of IGN fans.

#11 Edited by gator4eva (396 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe they'll kill off Hal in the first Justice League movie and John can replace him in the next. I doubt they'd switch Green Lanterns so soon though. Regardless of how bad the movie was.

#12 Posted by CrouchingTiger (148 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it would be cool to see all of the green lanterns get a solo movie. Stewart, Rayner, reboot hal jordan. That'd be interesting.

#13 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (27622 posts) - - Show Bio

IMy thoughts are much the same as the OP's, Kyle is my favourite Green Lantern as he was the one with the mantel when I started reading but Hal and John share the number two spot in my list and TBH if they are going to fit a Green Lantern in to the Man of Steel world John just fits better, I honestly think Hal would stick out like a sore thumb.

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#14 Posted by Black_Claw (2819 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: Yeah, especially since the military was distrustful of Superman (at first) in MOS, and I think that's going to be a major theme throughout the first phase of the DCCU. I think it would be an excellent plot if John is currently one of the few military men who still don't trust meta humans like Superman and Wonder Woman, and now that he has a GL ring he has to cope with being one of them (in a sense).

#15 Posted by Lvenger (16075 posts) - - Show Bio

Please. It doesn't matter what anyone on the internet thinks or what the perception of Hal is. WB's going to pick him as the movie GL no matter what.

Yeah this too. Plus I want an actual well done interpretation of Hal rather than Reynolds' butchery of Hal Jordan. John is the next best candidate but Hal deserves to be the founding GL.

#16 Posted by lifeofvibe (3183 posts) - - Show Bio

hal jordan:hey folks im a leftover of racsist bastards from the late 50 and people still love me is't that great!

john sterwart:hey im a lantern twoooo

and i even have a larger fan bace my my my and even viners cant see it well f*ck them its not problem

me speaking: ITS MY PROBLEM

#17 Edited by warlock360 (26901 posts) - - Show Bio

All my yes

#18 Posted by Black_Claw (2819 posts) - - Show Bio

As much as I love Idris Elba (no homo), does anybody else know of some possible candidates to play John.

#19 Posted by sinestro_GL (3008 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think so...it'd confuse too many people

#20 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (27622 posts) - - Show Bio

@sinestro_gl: not if they showed Hal dying trying to fight *insert big badguy* and the ring choosing someone new

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#21 Edited by blkson (785 posts) - - Show Bio

@sinestro_gl:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@sinestro_gl: not if they showed Hal dying trying to fight *insert big badguy* and the ring choosing someone new

Whats confusing? Earth has TWO Green Lanterns stationed at a time. EVERY space sector protected by the Green Lantern Corps has a two Lanterns as a matter of fact :p

So what would be confusing about introducing another Lantern? Why would Hal have to die?

#22 Posted by Black_Claw (2819 posts) - - Show Bio

@blkson: I think a better solution is show Hal being busy fighting [insert villain here] in space, and therefore his hands are too full at the moment to be on earth by the time the eventual founders of the Justice League are forced to team up to stop [insert bad guy here] from threatning humanity. Cue the guardians sending John Stewart a ring and therefore becoming a member of the JL.

#23 Posted by blkson (785 posts) - - Show Bio

@black_claw: that sounds cool but I don't see why Hal would have to "die", as someone suggested, when one of the concepts of the Corps is that there are two designated officers to each sector. Putting Hal in a danger situation sounds cool though. That idea could work.

#24 Edited by The_Greatest_Green_Lantern (68 posts) - - Show Bio

@black_claw said:

As much as I love Idris Elba (no homo), does anybody else know of some possible candidates to play John.

Here are some great (not-Idris-Elba) actors who could all pull off John Stewart.

Chadwick Boseman, 6'1"
Omari Hardwick, 5'10"
Boris Kodjoe, 6'4"
Derek Luke 5'10"
Michael Ealy

#25 Posted by The_Greatest_Green_Lantern (68 posts) - - Show Bio

Also, there's no need to reference Hal if you use John. Look at the Justice League cartoon. He was just a badass human who was respected in the corps. That's all you need to know. There is no way they are even going to keep the Reynolds film in continuity anyway. I mean, they never reference the other Hulks in the Hulk movies, right? And Bond changes all the time. Just forget about Hal Jordan.

#26 Edited by Avenging-X-Bolt (11752 posts) - - Show Bio

@sunman said:

John Stewart still has a positive image from the Justice League cartoon, which will live on for a while which trumps anything in the comics to the broader audience. Also Hal Jordan has the Super Friends pulling him down. Not to mention the God Awful Green Lantern movie. Seriously to the average movie goer its like they stole Maverick from Top Gun, but instead of getting an A lister like Hal Jordan they got a B-lister in Ryan Reynolds than went with a SyFy original movie plot and misused CGI.

I'll just ignore how annoying Hal Jordan was in the first 12 issues of the current Justice League run, but you get the drift.

That being said the studio is still most likely going ahead with Hal Jordan. I don't think we;ve seen any indications they are switching Green Lanterns

Superfriend only pulled Aquaman down. its a well known and beloved cartoon thats still referenced in media over 20 years later. ill give you the rest though.

#27 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (11752 posts) - - Show Bio

Also, there's no need to reference Hal if you use John. Look at the Justice League cartoon. He was just a badass human who was respected in the corps. That's all you need to know. There is no way they are even going to keep the Reynolds film in continuity anyway. I mean, they never reference the other Hulks in the Hulk movies, right? And Bond changes all the time. Just forget about Hal Jordan.

its true that they dont have to. but im sure that Hal Jordan fans would definitely appreciate it. It was a lot easier several ears ago when DC was doing everything they could to destroy the character and remove him from everyone memories. but it might not be as easy this time around. im not saying they couldn't do it im just saying it would kinda suck if they didn't.

an im pretty sure you can't compare the Hulks to the GL's most of them are very recent creations, haven't been in a movie and haven't really gained any fanbase. Hal has a large fanbase,starred in a well liked cartoon series, had a movie, and has been a central character in the GL mythos since his creation back in the 50's. i dont think a little nod would hurt the poor Jon Stewart fans that damn much.

#28 Edited by FlashKnight (444 posts) - - Show Bio

Please. It doesn't matter what anyone on the internet thinks or what the perception of Hal is. WB's going to pick him as the movie GL no matter what.

Unfortunately. Really wish DC/WB would listen to the fans more.

#29 Posted by blkson (785 posts) - - Show Bio

@avenging_x_bolt: What? when the hell did DC try to erase Hal Jordan?

Hal has a large fanbase,starred in a well liked cartoon series, had a movie, and has been a central character in the GL mythos since his creation back in the 50's.

Hal has all of that and John is still more popular than him lol.

#30 Posted by GeoKnowsBest (34 posts) - - Show Bio

Who the hell voted for Simon Baz?

#31 Posted by PowerHerc (78172 posts) - - Show Bio

Hal Jordan should be the Green Lantern in any non-World War II setting.

#32 Posted by DTSLanternCorps (240 posts) - - Show Bio

Who the hell voted for Simon Baz?

Probably a troll.

#33 Edited by Dernman (14038 posts) - - Show Bio

@blkson said:

@avenging_x_bolt: What? when the hell did DC try to erase Hal Jordan?

Hal has a large fanbase,starred in a well liked cartoon series, had a movie, and has been a central character in the GL mythos since his creation back in the 50's.

Hal has all of that and John is still more popular than him lol.

Not really true but whatevs.

#34 Posted by batmannflash (6114 posts) - - Show Bio

@blkson: umm how is John more popular than Hal?...

#35 Posted by SavageDragon (2172 posts) - - Show Bio

Im down for John Stewart.

#36 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (11752 posts) - - Show Bio

@blkson said:

@avenging_x_bolt: What? when the hell did DC try to erase Hal Jordan?

not literally. i just mean edge him out. people claim that John is getting it bad today and i say f^%k that. when DC turns him into a murdering psycho then they can come bitch to me.

Hal has a large fanbase,starred in a well liked cartoon series, had a movie, and has been a central character in the GL mythos since his creation back in the 50's.

Hal has all of that and John is still more popular than him lol.

meh. if you say so.

#37 Edited by StrangeMan (400 posts) - - Show Bio

Being that everybody's so obsessed with being "politically correct" (even though most of the time they still come off as offensive, regardless of the intentions), I would much rather have Stewart instead of Hal than the bland, out of place and extremely forced character that is Cyborg. Still, I still want the original 7 to be in the film, and if they're so pressured with being diverse I would prefer another female to the team than a non-white male, because regardless of their race, it's still a man, with another woman there are more story opportunities.

That's just me though, producers simply don't give a crap and will most likely remain the headset of being diverse just for the sake of diversity, without really giving it any thought beyond the "if we represent another demographic we'll get more money!" mentality.

#38 Posted by SOG7dc (6713 posts) - - Show Bio

I got your john stewart right here!

#39 Edited by lilben42 (2487 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger: I agree. I would love for John to be in the DCCU but I wouldn't want Hal to be completely cut out from the DCCU.

#40 Edited by Brcomicbookguy (22 posts) - - Show Bio

Why does it have to be one or the other? They could introduce John at the start of GL2. Have a buddy space cop like movie. How much screen time do you think a new gl will get in the justice league movie if they have introduce a new batman, Wonder Woman,flash and maybe aquaman or cyborg. Plus the bad guy. Nothing slows down a superhero movie like too much backstory.

#41 Posted by desmond006 (594 posts) - - Show Bio

They really should pick john John Stewart.

#42 Posted by The Stegman (20845 posts) - - Show Bio

No, Hal deserves to be in the JL movie.

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#43 Edited by matchesmalone21 (7671 posts) - - Show Bio

And Dc Comics really cares about IGN opinion....Hal should bethe movie GL and Stewart should be the star in GL2

#44 Posted by _Black (2302 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd definitely prefer Hal.

#45 Posted by Mega_spidey01 (3078 posts) - - Show Bio

@rustyroy said:

Idris Elba as John Stewart for the JL movie and GL reboot.

#46 Edited by jointron33 (1902 posts) - - Show Bio
#47 Posted by GLJS (5 posts) - - Show Bio

It's not just IGN. John also smashed Hal over at a cbr poll:

http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?457700-Justice-League-Movie-and-Green-Lantern-Reboot-John-Stewart-or-Hal-Jordan

If WB ignores all of this, Hal's failed movie and canceled cartoon, then they're absolute idiots.

#48 Posted by fodigg (6094 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes John Stewart, but I don't know about Idris. Seems kinda older than what I have in mind.

#49 Posted by OutlawRenegade (1236 posts) - - Show Bio

@gljs: Whoah, that's awesome!

#50 Posted by OutlawRenegade (1236 posts) - - Show Bio

@fodigg said:

Yes John Stewart, but I don't know about Idris. Seems kinda older than what I have in mind.

Agreed, especially since it will be a few more years before they film and I don't want him to be the old, black mentor trope...

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