We've said it before, and we'll say it again; joining a superhero franchise is how you know that you have made it as a Hollywood actor. It is an undeniably exclusive club, but it grows larger and larger every year. In fact, new rumors have suggested that Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes may have been officially tapped to play a Green Lantern in the DCEU, and the actor seems onboard with the idea. The 27-year-old actor was questioned about joining a comic book franchise during the Academy Awards, and he appeared incredibly interested in (if not already attached to) the silver screen DC universe. Rhodes said:
That's everybody's dream. Whenever you're a child, you're like, 'I wanna be a superhero!' So in that regard, that is something that's really enticing, but more so because it just puts my face in front of more people, who will want to come and see a movie, like Moonlight, that I really care about.
Please note the fact that Trevante Rhodes did not shoot down the rumors that he's going to play a Green Lantern when he spoke to MTV News about the possibility. His words express excitement and enthusiasm for the opportunity, and he plays pretty damn coy about whether or not he's actually attached to play John Stewart in Green Lantern Corps. Nothing is guaranteed yet, but he seems like a strong frontrunner to bet money on.
If Trevante Rhodes has been tapped to portray a Green Lantern, it will be a notable departure from DC's traditional casting habits. For the most part, DC seems to have gone out of its way to enlist actors with lengthy resumes and big names in Hollywood -- Ben Affleck and Will Smith come to mind -- and the up-and-comers that they do cast (such as Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot) typically got their respective starts in action movies. Trevante Rhodes is different, as Moonlight is a much more intimate film with a more noticeable indie sensibility, and bringing in an actor from this year's Best Picture winner adds a certain amount of prestige to the DCEU. If you ask me, it's a solid change of pace and a phenomenal casting choice.
Check out Trevante Rhodes' comments below to hear what he had to say for yourself:
Do you see the way in which he smirks after Green Lantern comes up in conversation? We may be looking at the next John Stewart, but we will just have to wait and see.
We will bring you more information related to the future of Green Lantern as new details become available to us. For now, you can catch all of DC's favorite heroes together on the silver screen for the very first time when Justice League hits theaters later this year on November 17.
Check out the San Diego Comic-Con trailer for Justice League on the next page for an even closer look at the upcoming DC epic!