Warner Bros' live-action “Green Lantern” movie might have a release date, but we still don’t have a Lantern. Since it’s still an open playing field for the film, we thought it was time for a casting call of our own -- beginning with a recap of what we know about the project and the character.
One of the most popular and recognizable superheroes in the DC Universe, Green Lantern is unlike Batman or Superman in that his near-unlimited power comes from an alien artifact (a ring, powered by a “lantern” battery) that has changed hands many times over the years. In 2007, Warner Bros announced that the "Green Lantern" movie would focus on one of the most popular and memorable Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan -- a cocky test pilot given the ring by a dying alien who sought someone “utterly honest and born without fear” to replace him.
Ideally, the man who will be Jordan should have good looks, a strong jaw and be played by someone a little more mature than Anton Yelchin. Though he’s reportedly 27 in the movie script, Hal Jordan of the comics has served in the Air Force, graduated college, and spent years flying experimental aircraft before he becomes Green Lantern. As fans have repeatedly voiced their preference for an “older” actor, we’ve followed suit with our picks below -- and echoed a few of the most popular names:
David Boreanaz: The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alum not only provided the voice of Jordan in the animated “Justice League: The New Frontier” and served as the model for "Green Lantern" storyboard artist Brian Murray's designs for the character, but he's also extremely enthusiastic about Green Lantern. (And that counts for a lot here at the Splash Page.) However, his age is a factor for many fans, as Boreanaz turns 40 this year.
Nathan Fillion: Is there any actor better suited for the part of a cocky test pilot than the captain of "Serenity"? We didn’t think so. He also has the dual comics cred of voicing Steve Trevor in the "Wonder Woman" animated feature and playing Captain Hammer in Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog." However, he’s also inching close to 40, and his iconic place in Whedon’s universe might mean a lot of fans won’t accept him as Jordan.
Jon Hamm: Liz Lemon on “30 Rock” already declared him to look like a cartoon pilot, so why not make it official? “Mad Men” proves he has the acting chops to add some depth to the character. But is he better suited for that other DC hero, Superman -- or, perhaps, Lex Luthor? Heck, "Fear Agent" creator Rick Remender told us last year that Hamm would be a perfect fit to play sci-fi hero Heath Huston in his series, too.
Tahmoh Penikett: With the looks of a Carlos Pacheco "Green Lantern" cover, Penikett is younger than our other nominees, and he has the extra advantage of earning his pilot and geek cred as Helo on “Battlestar Galactica.” But he may just be too unknown to carry the Green Lantern by himself. Of course, maybe "unknown" is exactly the direction they should go with the film -- it's worked in the past, after all.
Jamie Bamber: Another “Battlestar Galactica” veteran, the British Bamber has proved adept at everything from swashbuckling to Cylon hunting, and boasts a comic book physique. But like Fillion, he runs the risk of becoming too typecast in geek minds, and may also be too unknown to carry a film.
Who do you think would make the perfect "Green Lantern" lead? Is there a Hal Jordan out there that fits the bill? Let us know in the comment section!