"Green Lantern" is the codename of a fictional superhero who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. It is both the name given to the superhero and the Green Lantern Corps. They fight evil with the aid of rings which grant them a variety of extraordinary powers.
The first Green Lantern was created in 1940 during the first superhero craze, which began with Superman. Alan Scott usually fought common criminals in New York with the aid of his magic ring. Publication ceased in 1949 during a general decline in the popularity of superhero comics.
In 1959, to capitalize on the booming popularity of science fiction, the Green Lantern character was reintroduced. Hal Jordan works for an interstellar law enforcement agency known as the Green Lantern Corps. Over the years, DC Comics has introduced a number of additional Green Lanterns. The most prominent of these are Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner.
Non-Human Green Lanterns include Kilowog, AA, Sinestro, Tomar-Re, and Abin Sur. The Green Lanterns are among DC Comics' more successful properties. They have been adapted to television, video games and two motion pictures (Green Lantern and The Lego Movie).
Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern is a 2011 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett and Tim Robbins, with Martin Campbell directing a script by Greg Berlanti and comic book writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, which was subsequently rewritten by Michael Goldenberg. Green Lantern tells the story of Hal Jordan, a test pilot who is selected to become the first human member of the Green Lantern Corps. Hal is given a ring that grants him superpowers and must confront the evil Parallax, who threatens to upset the balance of power in the universe.
The film first entered development in 1997 and went through various incarnations until Greg Berlanti was hired to write and direct in October 2007. Martin Campbell was brought on board in February 2009 after Berlanti was forced to vacate the director's position. Most of the live-action actors were cast between July 2009 and February 2010 and filming took place from March to August 2010 in Louisiana. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.
Berlanti co-wrote and co-produced the DC Comics film Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. His work on the film led to many more collaborations with the comic book titan, including involvement in a planned Flash movie he is said to direct and co-write, that is tentatively scheduled for release in 2018.
Green Lantern was released on June 17, 2011 and received generally negative reviews; most criticised the film for its screenplay, deviations from the comics, choice of villains, and overuse of CGI while some praised Reynolds' performance despite considering the character to be unlikeable. The film underperformed at the box office, grossing just over $219 million against a budget of $200 million. Due to the film's failure, Warner Bros. canceled any plans for sequels. A reboot of the character is scheduled to appear with a new solo film in 2020.
Green Lantern Corps (July 24, 2020)
Cyborg and Green Lantern will be released in 2020.
This Green Lantern Corps film was announced in October 2014, and is scheduled to be released on July 24, 2020. The title of the film was announced at San Diego Comic-Con International on July 11, 2015 as Green Lantern Corps.
A live-action reboot of Green Lantern titled Green Lantern Corps has been announced to be part of the DC Extended Universe, intended as the 13th installment, for a July 24, 2020 release date. The movie will reportedly feature numerous Earth Green Lanterns as the main characters. It was also announced that Hal Jordan may appear in a Justice League sequel.
Warner Bros. originally planned on Green Lantern being the first entry of a new DC franchise, and commissioned a script for a sequel from Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim during filming. In August 2010, they retained Michael Goldenberg to write the screenplay, based on the sequel treatment. A scene in the film's end credits implying a resurgence of the yellow power of "fear" strongly suggested a planned sequel. In September 2011, Warner Bros., dismayed by the films negative reviews and disappointing box office return, abandoned plans for sequels.
In June 2013, David S. Goyer confirmed that Man of Steel is the first film of the DC Comics' shared universe films by stating that "from [Man of Steel] onward, possible films could expand into a shared universe", confirming that should the Green Lantern property be featured in an upcoming DC film, it will be a rebooted version. Goyer also said to have interest in taking the new version of the character to film. Warner Bros. plans on releasing a solo Green Lantern film in 2020 as the 11th installment of the shared universe. It is currently unknown which version of the character will be introduced.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern. The series aired on Cartoon Network, as part of their "DC Nation" television block. A one hour sneak peek aired on November 11, 2011 it ran from November 11, 2011 to March 16, 2013, with a new episode airing every week. A special screening of the first episode was shown at New York Comic Con 2011 on October 15, 2011. This was the first Green Lantern television series and the first CGI DC / WB series. The series was cancelled after one season due to poor toy sales from the live-action movie, and because Cartoon Network wanted to emphasize new shows in its "DC Nation" block.
Green Lantern Movies
- Hal Jordan is one of the main characters featured in the DC Universe animated film Justice League: The New Frontier. He is portrayed by David Boreanaz
- Hal Jordan is the main character in the direct-to-video animated film Green Lantern: First Flight portrayed by Christopher Meloni. The film was released on July 28, 2009.
- Nolan North voices Hal Jordan in the 2010 direct-to-DVD animated film, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.
- Nathan Fillion voices Hal Jordan in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.
- A live-action film entitled Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan and directed by Martin Campbell was released on June 17, 2011. It was the character's first theatrical appearance.
- Hal Jordan appears as a member of the Justice League in Justice League: Doom, with Nathan Fillion reprising his role.
- Nathan Fillion reprises his role as Hal Jordan in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
- Hal Jordan appears in Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, an adaptation of the video game of the same name, with Cam Clarke reprising his role.
- Hal Jordan appears in the animated film Justice League: War, voiced by Justin Kirk.
- Hal Jordan appears in The Lego Movie, voiced by Jonah Hill. The film marks Green Lantern's second theatrical appearance.
- Hal Jordan appears in the animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, with Nathan Fillion reprising his role.
- Guy Gardner appears in the animated film Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League.
Green Lantern on "Arrow" TV Series (2015)
David Ramsey, Arrow’s John Diggle, has revealed there are serious discussions going on among the show’s producers about whether or not his character could potentially morph into John Stewart, one of the more famous incarnations of DC’s Green Lantern.
In a ComicBook.com interview with Ramsey, the actor tries to play coy and doesn’t say anything is for certain, but it’s pretty telling as to how much he’s willing to discuss the topic, and points to producers Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg as seriously considering the idea.
“Is John Diggle John Stewart? I cannot say ‘yes,’ and cannot say, ‘no,’” Ramsey says. He continues at length:
“If that’s the case, it’s gonna be huge. This is the stuff they want to avoid. I think they don’t want anybody to know yet and they haven’t even told me,” he says. “They have told me that they are thinking about it and they are considering it. Greg Berlanti told me that. Andrew [Kreisberg] and Marc [Guggenheim] have told me that. I haven’t spoken to Geoff Johns about it, yet. But that’s the word from people directly involved in Arrow – that they’re working on something.”
"The Justice League" Part One
In Theaters November 17th, 2017
Motivated by Superman's selfless sacrifice, Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team of metahumans to face a new catastrophic threat. The film introduces Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, James Gordon, Mera, Nudis Vulko, and Iris West to the DCEU.
The new Justice League film will be starring: Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry / Aquaman), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), and Ray Fisher (Victor Stone / Cyborg).
In October 2014, Warner Bros. announced the film would be released in two parts as the fifth and ninth installments of the DC Comics' shared universe films, with Part One releasing in 2017, and Part Two in 2019. Snyder will direct both films. It is expected that Fisher will appear as Cyborg, and Jason Momoa will appear as Aquaman.
On January 19, 2016, concept art was released for the film confirming Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash as the official lineup, though Geoff Johns hinted that a Green Lantern and the Green Lantern Corps will eventually join the roster and appear in the movie. Snyder later discussed that Doomsday, and his mythological origins will be more greatly detailed within the Justice League films after his debut appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In March 2016, it was announced J. K. Simmons would play Commissioner Gordon in the series. That same month, Heard confirmed with Entertainment Tonight that she will indeed be portraying Mera. According to writer Chris Terrio, the film will not be as dark as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will instead feature a lighter tone. Filming for the movie started on April 11. In April 2016, Willem Dafoe was cast as Nuidis Vulko, an advisor to Aquaman. That same month, Eisenberg confirmed that he would reprise his role as Lex Luthor. In June 2016, Johns revealed the title for the film would be Justice League.
"Justice League" Part 2
in Theaters June 14th, 2019
The Justice League sequel will be starring: Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry / Aquaman), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), and Ray Fisher (Victor Stone / Cyborg).
In October 2014, Warner Bros. announced the film would be released in 2 parts as the 5th and 9th installments of the DC Comics' shared universe films, with Part One releasing in 2017, and Part Two in 2019. Snyder will direct both films. A Justice League movie sequel was scheduled to be released on June 14, 2019, but has since been delayed to accommodate the release for a standalone Batman movie that will be directed by Ben Affleck.