Common Still Interested in Playing Green Lantern


Back in 2007 Warner Bros. was in pre-production with a Justice League film titled Justice League: Mortal, with now Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller at the helm to direct.

Due to the Writers Guild Strike that hindered Hollywood at that time, the film never took flight past pre-production. The movie would had starred Armie Hammer as BatmanAdam Brody as The FlashJay Baruchel as the villain Maxwell Lord and Common as Green Lantern. was lucky enough to catch up with actor/music artist/producer Common (Selma) who recently won an Oscar, who’s now promoting his latest film Run All Night, along side Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), and was asked on his thoughts on possibly of given the chance to playing John Stewart’s Green Lantern once more.

In the late 2000s you were attached to a possibly big superhero role, playing John Stewart, ‘Green Lantern’. Any chance with the way things are going, that the opportunity might come back around?

Common: I would love to be John Stewart and play Green Lantern. That was one of those things where I was so excited because we rarely see African-American superheroes or people of color as a superhero. I think it would be great for the world to see, and for people to see, and for Hollywood to put that out there, too. But just for the world to see, just for kids to be able to see, for all nationalities to see a person of color as a superhero, too.

Plus, it’s just for the fun. Even the pre-production of getting the ‘go’ and studying Green Lantern. John Stewart is from Detroit, so he was this guy that was really for the community, and I really related to that. He used his powers to help people in the community. I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to be John Stewart, the Green Lantern!’ Unfortunately, it didn’t happen at that time. But maybe the possibility is that it could. I would love to.

It was a crazy cast: George Miller, who has a huge film [Mad Max: Fury Road] coming out now, Armie Hammer… you have all flourished. It’s kind of one of those crazy stories of Hollywood near-misses.

Common: Yeah. We were in Australia doing the thing. I mean I actually tried on the Green Lantern outfit.

How’d you look?

Common: Cool.

Green is your color?

Common: Yeah. [laughs] Green is my color. Green and black. He had it.


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