Last week, Warner Bros. announced their slate of DC Comics films from 2016 until 2020. Kicking off with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, this lineup of films (which could be called DC’s Phase 1) will conclude with a reboot of one of DC’s most famous characters: Green Lantern. Although 2011 gave us a Green Lantern movie, it was a critical and commercial failure, and for years it was ambiguous whether there would be a follow-up. However, with the establishment of the DC Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros. has decided to give Green Lantern another shot at the big screen... even if it is six years away. However, with the franchise getting a new start, there’s one lingering question: who will be the DCCU’s Green Lantern? Luckily, there are plenty of characters to choose from.

As a primer for the uninitiated, the DC Universe is protected by the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force that patrols the universe and combats threats with their power rings, unique devices that channel willpower and grant the wearer special abilities. Since 1959, Earth and the rest of Sector 2814 have been protected by a variety of Green Lanterns, and when this reboot is released in 2020, one of these notable humans will have the honor of defending sector 2814 on the silver screen. This list gives a rundown on each of Earth’s Green Lanterns and why they may or may be a good fit for the movie. Oh, and just to make sure no hardcore Lantern fans start yelling later, Alan Scott was not included on this list because his ring is magical, and he is not a member of the Corps. However, if a Justice Society movie is ever made, there’s a good chance he’ll be one of the primary members.

Simon Baz
Simon Baz
Background: Growing up as a Lebanese-American, Simon dealt with a lot of intolerance after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As an adult, he made a name for himself as a street racer and car thief, but one night, he accidentally steals a van with a bomb inside it. He drives the van to the abandoned automotive factory that he was just laid off from so that the bomb would go off without hurting everybody. He is soon arrested by the authorities on charges of terrorism, and while being interrogated, a Green Lantern ring selects Simon as its new wielder and flies him away from the detention center. Eventually, Simon discovers that this malfunctioning ring is a combination of Hal Jordan and Sinestro’s (who was a Green Lantern again at this time) rings, both of whom were stuck in the Dead Zone. After clearing his name from the bombing, Simon was instrumental in rescuing Hal and Sinestro, as well as helping defeat the First Lantern. He was later recruited into the Justice League of America as Hal’s counterpart in case the Justice League ever went rogue.

Why He Might Work: Beyond just adding diversity to the team, Simon has demonstrated enormous willpower with his ring. While on the run, he visited his brother-in-law, who was comatose after an accident in one of Simon’s street races. Although Simon’s Green Lantern mentor B’dg told him that the ring is not able to cure ills or raise the dead, Simon was somehow able to heal his brother-in-law’s injuries. If the DCCU decides to extend the capabilities of a Green Lantern’s power, maybe Simon should be the one to demonstrate these new abilities.

Why He Wouldn’t Work: Simon has only existed for two years, and the Green Lantern books haven’t done much with him past offering some side assistance. Frankly, there’s not enough source material to work with, and it would be easier to go with one of the other Earth Lanterns. Simon still has plenty to do in the comics, but he’s not ready for the movies.

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