Is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Your New Green Lantern?
As the upcoming Batman Vs Superman film moves closer to production, rumors abound regarding what possible DC heroes and villains will populate the project. Already — aside from Batman and Superman — director Zack Snyder has added actress Gal Gadot to portray Wonder Woman in the film for the first time on screen, and recent rumors indicate a possible appearance from The Flash, although those rumors have yet to be confirmed. Just the other day we learned another hero may end up in the film as well.
You may have heard some chatter recently about the possibility of actor/part-time wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson playing an unspecified superhero from the DC Universe, after he responded to a tweet last week seemingly confirming just that. Here’s the tweet in question:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 31, 2013
2014 huh? That’s this year! There’s only one major DC production happening right now, and that my friends, is Batman Vs Superman. Still not enough? Ok, I understand. I thought that as well. Then Peter Georgiou from the website Think McFly Think, who is a pretty reliable source, tweeted this a few days ago:
Rumor: I didn’t hear this directly, but it’s floating around behind the scenes in the industry: @TheRock is up for JoHn Stewart. Shrugs.
— Peter Georgiou (@Peterg_TMT) January 2, 2014
Okay, so this is an interesting development. The timing of this couldn’t be any more perfect. If Warner Brothers is moving toward an inevitable Justice League movie, doesn’t it stand to reason that the Green Lantern would be a perfect fit? If you’re still unmoved by the tenuous nature of this development, then check out this tweet from Johnson last year:
Now, at the time, the Batman Vs Superman film hadn’t even been written, so it is safe to assume that Johnson wasn’t referring to appearing in it. Perhaps he had met with Warner Brothers about reviving Green Lantern on it’s own? If you’re confused, Ryan Reynolds played the Hal Jordan version of the character back in 2011. If The Rock is playing the character now, it’s most likely the John Stewart iteration (pictured at the top of this post), who is in fact African-American. Either way, it seems like a perfect fit to me.
I love this guy. He seems like he just loves what he does, and he gives 100% every time. Let’s not forget that he has been dubbed the “Savior of the Franchise” for swooping in and resuscitating dying series’ (a la Fast & Furious, G.I. Joe). So do you think, if this is true, that Johnson is a good fit for the comic book movie genre? Are you interested in seeing him square off against Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill? Sound off below.
Batman Vs Superman hits theaters July 17, 2015.