Some of us tried to forget about the character of Green Lantern after the generally unpopular 2011 film. After all, the film was nowhere near a financial success, and star Ryan Reynolds couldn’t even express his satisfaction in the film. Despite this less-than-stellar theatrical presence, many fans and filmmakers were able to see the DC Comics hero’s potential that was still tarnished forever. Some people work pretty hard to improve the character’s reputation. The upcoming Green Lantern series has just cast another lead role and Jeremy Irvine is behind the role.
Jeremy Irvine plays Alan Scott in the Green Lantern series
There can only be one Batman and that is Bruce Wayne. But when it comes to Green Lantern, many heroic players have braced themselves for the title. This is mainly thanks to the mighty Green Lantern Rings, which give the wearer different powers. Alan Scott donned the first ring worn on earth. The character is also notable for his involvement in founding the Justice Society of America.
Jeremy Irvine will take on Scott’s character in the Green Lantern series. We’re particularly excited to have this character brought to the big screen as he has quickly become one of the most prolific member of the queer community in DC Comics. Scott was heralded as a secretly gay FBI agent in a previous comic, which means we may get some well-deserved representation in the world of comic book adaptations.
The upcoming series has already stated that it will explore different decades and galaxies with Scott from 1941 onwards. This casting news comes after Finn Wittrock joined Green Lantern earlier this year. Wittrock will play Guy Gardner, another ring bearer.
Image via DC Comics.
This casting news is causing controversy for some
As mentioned earlier, seeing a character like Alan Scott come to life on camera is pretty exciting, especially when the character can bring in a great portrayal. However, the casting bothered some. Irvine is best known for his portrayal of Danny Winters in Stonewall. The 2015 film told the story of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, one of the most critical moments in the history of queer liberation.
But what could be the problem with telling such an important story? Well, instead of focusing on the real people who risked their lives to speak openly about their identities, the film took a different route. They focused on Danny Winters, who by the way is not a real person. This contributed to a serious whitewash of the riots while leaving out much of the story of how many transgender people were at the forefront of the riot.
Stone wall. Image about roadside attractions.
Irvine’s contribution to the film is not his sole fault. There were many concerns about the film, and its role was only part of the puzzle. Many fans remain concerned that such an outspoken young actor will take on a role that will undoubtedly matter to LGBTQ + identifying fans.
Reader, we want to hear your thoughts. Does this casting news annoy you because of the actor’s previous roles? Or are you just curious to see how the Green Lantern is brought to life through some passionate depictions? Either way, let us know what you think of Jeremy Irvine joining the cast of Green Lantern.
Featured image via DC Comics.
Meghan Hale is a PhD student living outside of Toronto, Canada. Always the first port of call to talk about anything movie-related, she has a frustratingly long list of movie trivia up her sleeve. She is currently working on her first script, as well as a horror novel, with the aim of getting it out while Stephen King is still around to read it.