Yesterday, the Inquisitr reported on Tyrese Gibson’s aggressive Instagram campaign to take up the role of John Stewart (A.K.A. Green Lantern) in the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe films. It began with a series of photoshopped images on his Instagram account with subtitles like “I am fully committed to suiting up for this adventure,” and “Rumor has it that.” Now that “rumor” seems to have become all too real, based on Gibson’s latest post.
As shown above, the image shows Gibson in the Warner Bros. studio lot. The caption reads “I don’t talk….. I move….. #WB #GreenLanternMission.” Clearly, Gibson’s Green Lantern mission has taken on a life of its own, and Warner Bros. has taken enough notice to bring him in for an audition (if it is, in fact, simply an audition). Fourteen hours after his Warner Bros. post, Gibson took to Instagram once more, posting the photo of the Green Lantern ring with the caption reading, “The Oath.”
Can we take this to mean the audition went well (still assuming that was just an audition, and not something more)? While this may be Gibson legitimately campaigning, one can’t help but wonder if he’s already long since been cast. This could all be a part of a long term play by Warner Bros. to hype the characters, but it’s impossible to say at this point.
Warner Bros.’s last stab at Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds as the titular character was an infamous failure, taking in a paltry $219 million worldwide (on a $200 million budget, not counting advertising costs), and by pushing the next Green Lantern film to 2020, it seems like the studio is doing the best it could to distance itself from that interpretation of the character. What better way to do so than by switch from Hal Jordan to John Stewart as the Green Lantern? It makes sense, but is Gibson the best one for the role?
Gibson may have a great deal of action experience in the Fast and the Furious franchise, but that’s a definite ensemble effort. Will WB entrust the beloved Green Lantern character to him, and bank hundreds of millions of dollars on him? And is it too early to be making decisions like this in the first place?
The movie may be a good five years away, but keep in mind that Green Lantern is likely to appear in the Justice League film (if not as a member, then at least in a cameo role). And with the way these shared universe films are shaping up, who knows how many appearances we’ll get before his standalone flick.
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