While bona fide new movie announcements have been disappointingly thin on the ground from this year’s San Diego Comic Con so far, Saturday did see one relatively quiet reveal about an upcoming superhero movie.
We already knew that Warner Bros/DC had a reboot of ‘Green Lantern’ due in 2020 - but it has now been revealed this film will be entitled ‘Green Lantern Corps.’
In other words, it would appear this movie will centre not on a single Green Lantern as in the much-maligned 2011 film with Ryan Reynolds, but on a whole team of them.
For the benefit of those unfamiliar with the comic book property, the title of ‘Green Lantern’ refers not just to one lone superhero, but thousands from across the universe, chosen for being among the best and bravest of their worlds, representing their planet in a sort of super-powered intergalactic police force.
While this broader universe was seen in the 2011 movie, the focus remained squarely on Reynolds as Hal Jordan. It seems safe to assume from the title alone that this will not be the case in ‘Green Lantern Corps.’
It would also seem likely that ‘Green Lantern Corps’ will feature a number of the human Green Lanterns, potentially including - among others - Hal Jordan, John Stewart (long anticipated to be the next big screen incarnation), Guy Gardner, and Jessica Cruz (rumoured at one point to be played by Michelle Rodriguez, before the actress bluntly refuted this).
Before this, though, it seems inevitable that at least one of these Green Lanterns would first appear alongside the other big six DC heroes - Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, Ezra Miller’s The Flash and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman - in 2017′s first ‘Justice League’ movie.
However, there remains no official announcement of which Green Lantern will appear first, or which actor will take the role on - although rumours still abound that ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Jack Ryan’ actor Chris Pine may be set to appear either as Hal Jordan in ‘Justice League,’ or as Steve Trevor in the ‘Wonder Woman’ movie, also set for 2017.
All we can say with 100% certainty is that Ryan Reynolds will not return. Reynolds, who also appeared at Comic Con in support of ‘Deadpool,’ did not pass up the opportunity to take a pot-shot at his ‘Green Lantern.’
The actor told the SDCC audience, “I’ve only done one proper- sorry, NOT proper – super hero movie, and I didn’t even get a suit then,” a stab at the 2011 film’s curious decision to make the Green Lantern costume entirely CGI.
‘Green Lantern Corps’ is scheduled to hit cinemas in summer 2020.
Picture Credit: Warner Bros/DC