When Green Lantern Will Likely Appear In The DC Comics Films

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. gave us our first look at the DC Extended Universe’s Justice League joined together. However, there was one notable hero missing from the lineup: Green Lantern. Although the DCEU has Green Lantern Corps scheduled for 2020, nothing has been officially announced about whether one of the ring slingers will be on the team. Fortunately, it sounds like we won’t have to wait four more years to see a Green Lantern in this universe, as it’s been alluded at least one of them will be in Justice League: Part One, if not the whole group.

During this week’s CW special DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League, director Kevin Smith asked DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns to spill something that no one knows yet. Here’s what he said, courtesy of The TSG Network:

We’ve been to the bottom of the oceans, we’ve been to ancient Greece mythology, we’ve been to the past and future Flash, into the digital world with Cyborg, we still got to go to space. So the Green Lanterns and the Green Lantern Corps will be coming to join the Justice League universe.

Smith then responded that it’s every kid’s dream to "see all those Justice League characters together," so it seems quite likely that at least one Green Lantern will work with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg in Justice League: Part One. This is only right, as Green Lantern has often been a founding member of the Justice League in the comics, including in the New 52, which is what the DCEU team is based off of. It still uncertain which Green Lanterns from Earth will be on the superhero team, though the most popular guesses are Hal Jordan or John Stewart. That said, if the threat the Justice League is facing is too much for them, they may require help from the space cop(s). That could be why Green Lantern wasn’t included in that artwork: he (or they) won’t join the team until after they’ve officially formed.

While the 2011 Green Lantern movie focused solely on Hal Jordan, Green Lantern Corps is throwing the spotlight on multiple human Green Lanterns. One report before the reboot’s title was officially announced said that we’ll see Hal, John and Guy Gardner, while a later one said Green Lantern Corps we’ll see Hal and John team up in a "Lethal Weapon in space"-type adventure. Kyle Rayner and Simon Baz were also briefly seen in the special, so there’s also the possibility they could show up. Regardless, it’s good to know that the DCEU has several protectors looking after Sector 2814.

Justice League: Part One will be released on November 17, 2017, while Green Lantern Corps flies into theaters on June 19, 2020. However, if Green Lantern is indeed part of the first Justice League adventure, hopefully we’ll get an official look at him (or them) later this year.

Adam Holmes
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