DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’: What We Know So Far

Warner Bros. has an extensive slate of films planned out over the next few years, including everything from Wonder Woman 2 to solo films for the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. However, perhaps the riskiest project of all may be its reboot of the Green Lantern franchise, which is still suffering from the 2011 flop.

With Green Lantern Corps. in active development, we look back at what we know about the project so far.

1. Its release is still years away

Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, and Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Warner Bros.

We may have seen a nod to this character in Justice League, but Green Lantern won’t actually join their ranks until the sequel. And Green Lantern Corps. won’t arrive until July 24, 2020.

Presumably, that far away release date is intended to give the studio time to figure out just the right approach to the intergalactic police that lends the film its title (and to distance itself from that other film).

2. Say goodbye to Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern with the city behind him

Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern | Warner Bros.

When a Green Lantern film was announced, some wondered if Ryan Reynolds — who previously played Hal Jordan in director Martin Campbell’s 2011 film — would be offered the chance for redemption in a film that could course-correct the path set forth by the original film.

However, it looks like Warner Bros. isn’t risking that association with a failed project, opting for a full reboot of the character. Besides, Reynolds is sitting pretty, thanks to Deadpool.

3. Hal Jordan and John Stewart will reportedly appear

Green Lantern Corps in space

Green Lantern Corps. | DC Comics

The initial film version of Green Lantern focused on a single Earth-bound member of the intergalactic military force. However, as the new film’s title suggests, Green Lantern Corps. will take a broader view of the character’s history. In addition to Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds previously), the film will reportedly involve other incarnations of the hero, including fan-favorite John Stewart and Kyle Rayner.

Per Deadline, John Stewart — a character who is African American and a former Marine sniper — will play a major role in the movie’s story, which an unnamed source described as “Lethal Weapon in space.”

4. Tyrese Gibson really wants to star

Tyrese Gibson in Fast and Furious 6

Tyrese Gibson in Fast & Furious 6 | Universal Pictures

While many actors may be eager to take part in the DC Extended Universe, one individual who has been particularly hopeful is Tyrese Gibson. The singer and actor is known for his roles in the Transformers and Fast and Furious films, and he has actively campaigned for a heroic role as Green Lantern, consistently talking up the project on social media and releasing fan-made artwork with himself donning the famous green suit. Only time will tell if Gibson’s efforts pay off.

5. They’re getting close to securing a director

Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie is in the running. | Yuriko Nakao/Getty Image

Following the insane, Oscar-winner, Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller could literally have his pick of high-profile franchise films. At one point, he was rumored to direct Green Lantern Corps. for Warner Bros. (the studio behind Mad Max).

The name Rupert Wyatt, director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was also heard in rumors. But in early March 2018, CinemaBlend reported that Christopher McQuarrie of the Mission: Impossible franchise was getting ready to sign on. More on this as it develops.

6. Warner Bros. has found their scriptwriters

David S. Goyer on a comic con panel

David S. Goyer attends the 2012 New York Comic Con | Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Per an exclusive updated from Deadline, David Goyer and Justin Rhodes will write the script for Green Lantern Corps. According to IMDb, Goyer has worn many hats in the superhero entertainment world, working as a producer, writer, and director. He was one of the eight credited writers who worked on the script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

His writing partner, Justin Rhodes, is not as experienced but also has several well-received scripts under his belt.

7. Henry Cavill hints at a potential appearance for Superman

Henry Cavill as Superman with a crowd of picketers behind him

Henry Cavill as Superman | Warner Bros.

The first question that springs to mind when it comes to shared universe superhero movies, is whether other characters will show up. Thanks to a tease from Henry Cavill on Instagram, we may have our first hint at a potential cameo for the Man of Steel in Green Lantern Corps. 

“I’ve got to make sure that I’m bigger than Green Lantern,” he cryptically said in the post, making us wonder if an epic showdown is somewhere on the horizon.

Additional reporting by Nick Cannata-Bowman and Becca Bleznak.

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