While the turkey that was 2011 Green Lantern film remains one of DC’s biggest movie missteps, Warners is hoping that cinema audience’s memories are short and that they’ll embrace the emerald superhero when he returns in Green Lantern Corps, which has now taken a step closer to reality.
The films has been on the DC movie schedule for a while now – tentatively pencilled in for July 2020 – but DC has now confirmed that the main characters will be Hal Jordan and John Stewart, two stalwarts of the Corps in the comics, and that it will be written by David Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman) and up-and-coming screenwriter Justin Rhodes (Contract Killers).
Hal Jordan has been the Green Lantern since the Silver Age of comics in 1959, the second iteration of the character (the first was Alan Scott, created in 1940). John Stewart was DC’s first African-American superhero, created by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams in 1971 and began his comic life as a substitute Green Lantern. They often fight alongside each other, and the film version is said to be a kind of superhero spin on the cop buddy movie.
The question now is whether one or both of those characters will turn up in another DC movie beforehand – one of the Justice League films seems most likely.
Also in various stages of development in the DC movie universe at the moment are Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Justice League 2, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens and Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film.