Over the past couple of years, there have been a number of rumours surrounding DC Comics’ TV shared universe and the appearance of Green Lantern. Up until now, we’ve had very little confirmation on whether or not the Justice League member would be making an appearance in one of the CW’s prime time shows, but now the executive producer of Arrow and Legends Of Tomorrow, Marc Guggenheim, has finally put those rumours to bed by confirming that there are no future plans for Green Lantern to appear.
While previous rumours have been centred around Arrow’s sidekick Diggle joining the Lantern Corp, more recently the focus has been on the more science fiction based Legends Of Tomorrow. Back in March, a teaser revealed that the show would be introducing a new character from the comic book universe during the season finale, later rumoured to be either Booster Gold or Green Lantern. With the season finale airing this week in the US, revealing the character as Justice Society of America member Hourman, those rumours have now been crushed.
The Green Lantern rumours gained momentum when a report hit the internet claiming that Suits actor Patrick J. Adams was playing Alan Scott, Earth-2’s version of Green Lantern. With Earth-2 playing a major part in the second season of The Flash, there was good reason to assume that the creators would use that stage to springboard other characters into the TV universe. Sadly, hours before the Legends Of Tomorrow big reveal aired, Guggenheim was interviewed by Comic Book Resources, where he revealed that no TV version of Green Lantern was planned, neither Hal Jordon, John Stewart or Alan Scott.
“I’ll tell you right now, because I never want anyone to be disappointed, he’s not Alan Scott. I love Alan Scott. I’ve written Alan Scott in the comics. Alan Scott is also attached to the Green Lantern franchise, which DC obviously has feature plans for. In the poll of ‘who it’s going to be,’ you can cross off Alan Scott.”
While many will be unsurprised by the decision, given the Green Lantern Corps. movie planned for 2020, the Flash is set to appear as a different version of Barry Allen on the big screen despite the huge success of the TV show, why couldn’t Green Lantern do the same?