- Green Lantern fan art imagines Star Wars actor Alden Ehrenreich in the role, sparking excitement among fans for the upcoming DC project.
- The new Green Lantern TV show, part of James Gunn’s DC slate, aims to salvage the reputation of the character after the failure of the 2011 film.
- Gunn and Safran’s plans suggest that the Green Lantern Corps will have a major role in the new DC universe, promising careful attention to the project.
Green Lantern fan art imagines a Star Wars actor playing the role. The Emerald Knight, who hasn’t been seen in live-action for over a decade, is expected to appear in an upcoming James Gunn DCU project.
In DC lore, Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern starts as a cocky test pilot who becomes the first human ever chosen by a power ring after a dying member of the Green Lantern Corps seeks him out for his ability to overcome fear. Despite the studio’s lofty ambitions for the project, Ryan Renolds’ Green Lantern movie was not a success and has gone down as a historic DC flop that will remain the worst potentially until the Flash‘s box office final numbers come in.
Despite this, the new administration at Warner Bros. Discovery still saw potential in the characters, as a Green Lantern TV show in ‘true detective’ style was revealed alongside new Superman, Batman, and Supergirl projects as part of Gunn’s new DC slate. Ever since, fans have been cautiously optimistic about the project, hoping that the new take will be able to salvage the reputation of one of the most interesting and powerful heroes in comics. One such fan is artist @jaxsonderr, who took to his Instagram account to post his spectacular fanart of a new live-action Green Lantern, this time portrayed by Star Wars franchise star Alden Ehrenreich.
The image is captioned, “@aldenehrenreich as #greenlantern 🏮I can’t wait to see what James Gunn and his team cook up with this show.” It depicts Ehrenreich in a phenomenal Green Lantern costume that looks unique and seemingly combines the best features of the unpopular CGI suit from the 2011 film and the far more practical version seen from the BTS images made for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. While Ehrenreich, best known for playing the titular character in Solo: A Star Wars Story, has not been cast in the role, this fan art shows that he could make a convincing Hal Jordan.
While the last film has not been looked back on favorably, including leading man Reynolds releasing a ‘Reynolds Cut’ of the Green Lantern movie in mockery, there is a second chance to impress open for Lanterns, with the mistakes of the past and a clean slate to build on. Furthermore, Gunn and Safran’s plans seemingly aim to make the Green Lantern Corps a major player in their new universe, all but guaranteeing the project will get the utmost care and attention.
However, these plans will be conditional under Gunn and Safran, with the upcoming Blue Beetle film’s future being left to fate by Gunn and the same attitude likely to apply to all other future projects. Whether the first film’s widespread bad reputation will taint the new project or Lanterns can light up the darkness and launch its stars to prominent roles in the new universe that the pair at the head of the new DCU is planning remains to be seen.
Green Lantern is currently available for streaming on Max.
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