Thus far there have been a lot of casting rumors where the so-called Superman vs. Batman movie is concerned. Some of the news is official (like Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman), some of the news is merely rumor (like Joaquin Phoenix as Lex Luthor). Today we hear the unconfirmed and TOTALLY rumored news that Denzel Washington is reportedly being considered for the role of Green Lantern in the Man of Steel sequel. Personally, I think Denzel is way too old to play Green Lantern / John Stewart in this film (especially considering how much younger the other confirmed stars are) but I can totally see how a studio executive might be all about this kind of casting. Hmm.
Prepare for the latest ‘Batman vs. Superman’ rumour: it has been claimed that Denzel Washington is in line to play Green Lantern in the Warner Bros/DC 2015 superhero team-up movie. The Oscar-winning superstar was already rumoured to be a potential Lex Luthor, before Joaquin Phoenix emerged as the most hotly tipped contender for that role (another rumour which, it should be stressed, remains unconfirmed). Now, Nuke the Fridge cites an unnamed source who tells them “the “Training Day” actor is being considered for the role of Green Lantern John Stewart instead.” For the benefit of those less familiar with how Green Lantern works – unlike Superman or Batman, the title of Green Lantern is passed on to numerous different people at different times. Whilst Ryan Reynolds played the Hal Jordan Green Lantern in the 2011 movie, Washington would be up for the more recent incarnation of John Stewart. (No, not that guy off ‘The Daily Show.’) Common almost portrayed John Stewart in the aborted 2008 ‘Justice League’ movie, whilst Idris Elba has subsequently expressed possible interest in the role. Does it seem likely that such a highly acclaimed, long established Hollywood superstar as Denzel Washington would be cast in what will likely be a minor role in an already crowded big budget superhero movie? Perhaps not – but then, who among us would have believed this time six months ago that Ben Affleck would be cast as Batman? On the one hand it isn’t too hard to see Washington taking the role. He’s always balanced out his work in upmarket, serious drama with an unabashed love for low-brow popcorn movies; take his recent turn alongside Mark Wahlberg in ‘2 Guns.’ On the other hand, given that the actor just turned 59 (today, in fact – happy birthday, Mr. Washington!), he would have quite a few years on his ‘Batman vs. Superman’ co-stars Ben Affleck (41), Henry Cavill (30) and Gal Gadot (28). Still, it’s fair to say Washington could easily pass for a fortysomething. Ultimately, it all depends on the vision director Zack Snyder and writer David Goyer have for John Stewart. It has been widely declared that Affleck fits their take on Batman as a well-established veteran superhero within this story world; perhaps the same will be true of this Green Lantern. Either way, if this does prove to be true, and Green Lantern will indeed appear alongside Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – not to mention The Flash, who remains uncast thus far – we do have to wonder whether this still-untitled movie will prove to be a full-blown ‘Justice League,’ as opposed to the ‘Batman vs. Superman’ we’ve been expecting.
Personally, I’d love to see the role be played by a younger actor (Michael B. Jordan anyone?) but, then again, I don’t really know that I’m crazy about this idea of so many superheroes in one film … particularly because it’s not a Justice League movie. It sounds like all of these characters may be introduced briefly in the Man of Steel sequel as a jumping off point for spin-off films and the eventual Justice League movie. At this point, it all feels like much too much. Then again, most of this talk is just rumor and conjecture. We’ve got a long way to go until we hear something concrete so … the speculation continues. What do you think of A.) Green Lantern’s possible appearance in Superman vs. Batman and B.) this talk of Denzel in the role?