Who Are the Green Lanterns and Who Should Play Them?

News broke during Comic-Con this past weekend that DC and Warner Bros. are developing a buddy-space-cop team-up movie in the name of the Green Lantern Corps! (They didn't actually use the terms buddy-space-cop). This film will tie into DC's cinematic universe alongside Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. But since Green Lantern Corps. is focused on more than one space cowboy, I'm going to mull over some potential casting choices for the upcoming film. 



He's yellow and sometimes red but most of all, he's a bad guy! I never watched 2011's Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds so I don't know how Mark Strong did with Sinestro, but if I had to pick, I'd go with Hugo Weaving to play the defected lantern in Green Lantern Corps. Some might say Weaving is too old but he brings a certain dramatic gravitas to the role. Think The Matrix or V for Vendetta - it's his voice that really gets me I think. I want him to record an audiobook. 



He's the big guy with a soft heart! Not really. Kilowog is a long-time staple in the Green Lantern universe and is primarily seen on the planet of Oa training other green lanterns. He's known for his rough and harsh temperament, but you can't blame him since his entire home planet and all of his people were wiped out from existence. In the comics he's even been killed by another name on this list. So who should play this lantern? I keep thinking of Michael Cudlitz. Is that weird? Yeah, that's what I'm going with. Cudlitz has the veteran acting chops and gruff-guy aura to portray a lantern that has literally lost it all.



Tomar-Re, like Kilowog and Sinestro, was featured in 2011's Green Lantern movie. He's best known as "the bird guy" to most casual fans. Despite his supporting roles in the film and also the animated television show (which is awesome), Tomar-Re is a member of the Honor Guard, an elite group of lanterns that serve to protect multiple sectors of space. Given the fact that saving the people of Krypton was his mission, it would be easy for Warner Bros. and DC to tie his story into the established universe set up by Zack Snyder's Man of Steel in 2013. Spoilers: Krypton blows up in that movie. So who should play "the bird guy?" The doctor himself, Matt Smith. Honestly, why not? You have no reasons to go against this. I win. 


Hal Jordan

Chris Pine is rumored to play the test pilot that turned into an intergalactic space cop in DC's upcoming Green Lantern reboot. Of course, Hal was the central character in the last film and is still the most widely known lantern. There's not much I can say here. I like Hal, I like Pine. It works. 

I'm pining for this casting to work out. Get it, get it? 


John Stewart

No, not that John Stewart! For anybody who grew up in the 90's and early 2000's, John Stewart was THE Green Lantern in the DC's Justice League animated television show. That's how I got to know him and he's still my favorite lantern. 

When compared to Hal, John is more serious, and his architectural background heavily influences his creations when using the ring. 

In the last couple of weeks, Fast and Furious 7 star Tyrese Gibson took to his Instagram account and posted this picture: 

Shit just got real - #doubleoath #doubletrouble #GreenLantern #WB #VoltronPictures

A photo posted by TYRESE (@tyrese) on

According to Superherohype, here's what he had to say:

"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.”

If I was casting, this would be my John:

 Idris Elba as John Stewart

Idris Elba as John Stewart


What do you guys think? Will fan-favorites Guy Gardner show up in the film as well? Who do you want to be in the Green Lantern Corps? Tweet at us and let us know in the comments!

Billy is the co-founder of Biya Byte and is really interested in 2011's Green Lantern film which he has not seen. Should he watch it or should he not? Help him decide on Twitter and in the comments! Follow him @BillyByte

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