After more than two years, Tyrese Gibson apparently still has his sights on Green Lantern.
The model turned singer and actor, best known for his roles in the Transformers and Fast and the Furious franchises, quietly launched a social-media campaign in early 2015 to play John Stewart in Warner Bros.’ planned Green Lantern Corps film, posting a flurry a fan art imagining him as the DC Comics superhero. “I am fully committed to suiting up for this adventure,” he wrote at the time. However, since then Gibson’s Instagram account has been relatively Green Lantern-free, at least until this week.
That’s when he posted another image of himself in the familiar costume, and with glowing green eyes, accompanied by the caption, “It’s time.”
His post will undoubtedly spark a new round of speculation that Green Lantern — or at least a Green Lantern — will be introduced later this year in director Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a notion actors Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer take great pleasure in encouraging. Hammer has swatted down rumors he’s in the running to play Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps, but acknowledged last month that he’s enjoyed trolling fans about the possibility. “It was fun for a while,” he confessed, “and now I’m convinced that everyone’s gonna turn on me so I’m like, ‘Oh, shit, slowly backing away.’”
It’s unlikely that Gibson is stealthily announcing his casting as John Stewart, news Warner Bros. undoubtedly would want to deliver with more fanfare. Instead, it seems more probable that a piece of fan art simply caught his eye or, with The Fate of the Furious still burning up box offices worldwide, and its sequel on the not-too-distant horizon, he’s looking to fill out his schedule for the next couple of years.
Targeted for release in 2020, Green Lantern Corps will be written by David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes; no director is attached. Arriving Nov. 17, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.