There have been plenty of rumors that the new Green Lantern film could feature more than one Green Lantern. That means that Hal Gordon, Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and others could be at the center of this brand new project from DC Comics.
In the past few weeks, there has been speculation that R&B singer and Fast and Furious actor Tyrese Gibson would be John Stewart, one of DC’s first African-American characters.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor stated:
“There are certain things I can’t speak on. But I will say, however this works out, it’s definitely the fans’ fault. I was at home minding my own business and fans start creating these fan-made videos of me as Green Lantern and I looked into it. I’ve been a fan of the Green Lantern. I took the oath, and I had a meeting at Warner Bros. and certain things were said and talked about. We’ll just see what happens. ”
Fans may have some trepidation about him and the role because he primarily plays comic relief roles in his films and that may not be the way fans envision John Stewart.
One of the bones of contention surrounding comic book films, in general, is the filmmakers’ vision versus the fans’. Comic book fans expect a lot out of the filmmakers and expect them to create stories that are true to the source material, but fans can’t tell directors, writers and others how to interpret that source material. Fans have to wait and see like everyone else.
So will Gibson be a good choice for this iconic character? Maybe. Some may root for Idris Elba. But who knows at this point? There are about three years before the final product is released. Let the speculation build.