Opinion: Why Tyrese Gibson Is Right For The Role Of John Stewart

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TYRESE 5Much has been said as of late in regards to actor Tyrese Gibson being right for the role of Green Lantern John Stewart for the burgeoning DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU). Things seemed to have come to a head recently, when Tyrese himself alleged in a recent interview that he, along with actor Chris Pine, may be up for roles as John Stewart and Hal Jordan, respectively.

This came about after a months-long “campaign” Tyrese was waging, promoting himself for the role, after some of his fans had posted artistic renditions of Gibson as Green Lantern around the internet. This sparked Gibson to put his name in the hat for the role, and even have a meeting with Warner Bros., in hopes of landing the role for himself.

Apparently the meeting happened, and then there was a months-long silence on Tyrese’s part. I personally had suspected that Tyrese’s meeting with Warner Bros. went well, and he’s probably had to enter into all sorts of NDA’s with the studio as a result.

Fast forward to a few days ago, on the advent of Comic-Con, and Tyrese has emerged from his silence, and is dropping hints on whether he might be in consideration for the Green Lantern role, and whether he might be attending San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), “on the other end of an announcement”.

Since then, the internet has erupted with opinions about Tyrese, particularly whether or not he is worthy of taking on the role of John Stewart, DC’s first official Black Superhero. There are those who have been quite vocal against the notion of Tyrese playing the role of Green Lantern. The general trend of this feeling seems to be based on Tyrese’s current role in blockbuster franchises such as Fast & Furious, where he plays the comical Roman Pearce, a character which, by all rights, stands in direct contravention to the character, personality and demeanor of John Stewart. In light of public media criticism, Tyrese himself has taken to responding to his detractors, by submitting an open letter, challenging the criticism and outlining the highlights of his career, that give credence to him playing the role of Green Lantern. So, here is why I personally think Tyrese can carry the role, and carry it well.

 

HE’S GOT THE BUILD

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Tyrese in “2 Fast 2 Furious”

John Stewart in every incarnation has a physical presence; the square jaw, the broad shoulders, the very fit physique. Tyrese is one of the few Black actors in currently in Hollywood that has that physical presence. Although people have called for actors like Idris Elba (who acting-wise, would indeed be perfect for the role) and Common who’d been considered for the role, none of them carry the physical presence that Tyrese does.


HE’S GOT THE LOOK

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John Stewart – Justice League Unlimited

My personal favorite look for John Stewart, is the bald head and goatee look from the latter seasons of Justice League Unlimited. It’s a look that I’ve wished DC would have adopted in other incarnations since then, but it’s usually his military buzz cut look that DC usually seems to default to. But regardless, John Stewart has always been depicted as being ruggedly handsome. Again, this is something that many of the suggested actors, the likes of Morris Chestnut, or Taye Diggs do not have. Many of those actors are quite the opposite of ruggedly handsome, while Tyrese represents that look to a ‘T’.

 

HE’S GOT THE ATTITUDE

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Tyrese in “Annapolis”

Much has been said about Tyrese being known for comic relief. However, that’s not, nor has it ever been, the core of his acting career. In fact, the bulk of his career has consisted of serious, intense roles. John Stewart as a character has always been a no-nonsense type of guy, and Tyrese at his best exemplifies that persona. Not only that, but Tyrese possesses the ability to take it up a notch. This is something that the Common’s and the Taye Diggs’ and the Morris Chestnut’s lack, especially while standing in the midst of gods and giants, the likes of Superman and Batman. Not to mention, upon his inception, John Stewart in the comics was especially known for his belligerent attitude. Thus, Tyrese’s “brash arrogance” would very well serve as a benefit and not a hindrance to the role.

 

HE’S GOT THE EXPERIENCE

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Tyrese in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Despite the notion that he’s one-note, John Stewart is a rather complex character. He’s an architect, he’s a Marine vet, he’s a sniper, and he’s a space cop. He bares the weight of being a leader in the Green Lantern Corps, he bears the burden of having inadvertently destroyed an entire planet. He’s bore the burden of failed relationships, and the emotional turmoil that stems from it. And he does it all with a stern face, a hard attitude, and a commitment to his duty. This is something that Tyrese has always exemplified, no matter the role he’s played. He’s been a military man (Annapolis, Transformers), he’s been an action hero (Waist Deep, Four Brothers), he’s been in complex relationships (Baby Boy, Black Nativity). Not to mention, with the Transformers franchise, he’s clearly familiar with the sci-fi genre, which would only serve him in the Green Lantern role all the more.

 

So, will Tyrese be the new John Stewart? Only time will tell, but all signs certainly point to it. There’s a strong chance that we may find out as soon as SDCC. But whatever happens, I, as a DC Enthusiast, as a John Stewart fan, and as a Tyrese fan, feel like Mr. Gibson is gonna surprise us all.

So what say you all? Do you think Tyrese is right for the role? Do you think he’s (and even Chris Pine) been appointed for the roles of Green Lantern? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Fladimir James

    LOL are you fucking serious..?? Does John stewart also have a big ass head and forehead that comes out of his suit? As black man, the idea makes me want to vomit. But it wouldn’t surprise me if they chose him. Tyrese always follow as a supporting character in all of his movies. I’m guessing That’s what they want with John stewart to follow hal jordan. This is a fucking joke. This is going to be just another disaster like the first one.

  • CRLyons

    I can honestly see why people support the idea of him becoming John Stewart, but there are better options out there. With a character as iconic as John Stewart they shouldn’t be settling for someone like Tyrese, hes definitely not the greatest actor in the world with very little range. Theyve already targeted actors of a certain pedigree and potential so i dont get why they are scraping the bottom of the barrel for this one. Not to mention id hate to have another social media blabber mouth leaking constant information and getting people all worked up. If they want someone to play backseat to Hal Jordan (which they should be doing) why go for a big name like him? For the most part a lesser known actor should be targeted. But if they are aiming for A-list stars then why not shoot high like Idris Elba or Chiwetel Ejiofor. Im not a fan of the way he puts out his information, posting all of these fan made pictures trying to get his fans to do his work for him, and that interview he did which started this whole thing off, he looked absolutely lifeless, not the type of guy i want in the DCCU. But if he can stop with that bullshit ill give him a chance, if not, ill be counting the days until his character is killed off.

    • Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor are both tied to Marvel right now, only if something happens and they leave, otherwise those are two names aren’t even an option.

      • George Clinton

        Derek Luke, Michael Jai White and there’s a lot more options and better actor than Tyrese…

        • David Avery

          Derek Luke maybe, but Michael Jai White is a terrible actor

  • J.O. Logan

    I’ve come around to him in the role after looking deeper into his CV when these GL rumors started back up and while I dismissed him at first sight I actually think he can pull it off. Tyrese, whether through Hollywood politics or perceived lack of range, does have a unique charisma comparable to Snipes’ Blade, RDJ’s Iron Man, and Hiddleston’s Loki in that like those actors he can define the role and make it all his own.

  • Mo-I.Q

    I could see him as John Stewart.
    Altho… what if Tyrese is attached to GL but playing another Corpsmen??

  • I disagree. Tyrese may have the look but he is not a good actor to portray John Stewart.

    I’d go for David Oyelowo or even Omar Sy (see pics), he is an amazing french actor. And he’d do John Stewart justice!

    • Mo-I.Q

      I’d watch anything with Omar Sy. Wish he got a bigger role in Jurassic World and XmenDoFP

      • Me too. He did some pretty good acting in France. His french movies are really good!