“In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might
Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!” – The Green Lantern Oath
A plane is falling out of the sky. The pilots fight to regain control as the passengers pray for a miracle. The plane jerks to a stop. The passengers see a green… catcher’s mitt? What the hell?! Tendrils of green light connect the mitt to a flying man. The passengers relax, realizing that Green Lantern has saved them.
You think going green’s tough? Tell that to Green Lantern. He’s an interstellar cop, a superhero, and a c0-founder of the Justice League. So who is he? How did he become a Green Lantern? Why is he even called Green Lantern when his powers come from a ring? Let’s find out.
First Flight: Green Lantern’s Backstory
Senator Hammond : “Hal Jordan. Worst pilot I’ve ever seen, or the best. Not quite sure.”
Hal Jordan : “I’ve been called both, sir. ” – Green Lantern (2011)
There are countless Green Lanterns so we will focus on the main one, Hal Jordan.
Hal was a normal kid who idolized his father. Mr. Jordan was a test pilot who died in a plane crash, and Hal decided to follow in his footsteps, hopefully without the plane crash part. Hal became a test pilot, but soon became something even more dangerous.
During a test flight, Hal investigated a crashed ship. He discovered that it was a spaceship piloted by a dying alien named Abin Sur. The alien entrusted Hal with a ring and a green lantern before dying. Hal put on the ring and was transported to Oa, homeworld of the Green Lantern Corps.
Hal met the the Guardians of the Universe, the creators of the Green Lantern Corps, and learned that the Lanterns were intergalactic peacekeepers. An inspired Hal joined the Corps despite the commute. After being trained and assigned duty guarding Earth, Hal returned to home as the superhero Green Lantern.
Emerald Twilight: Green Lantern’s History
Captain Goray: “ I heard of you Green Lanterns. I know you’re brave and all, but you’re crazy to go back.”
Hal Jordan: “Brave, crazy, it’s a fine line.” – Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Season 1, episode 4
Green Lantern defended Earth from every threat imaginable, from alien invasions to rampaging supervillains. During the invasion of Starro the Conqueror, he fought alongside The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter. After saving Earth, the group banded together to form The Justice League.
Hal was a Justice League member during a multi-story arc called “Emerald Twilight”. He suffered a breakdown, killed his fellow Lanterns, and died. Things went bad when a villain named Parallax possessed Hal and convinced him that his hometown had been destroyed by The Lanterns. An enraged Hal killed almost all of The Green Lantern Corps and eventually sacrificed his own to reignite the sun.
Hal became The Spectre, a supernatural creature animated from a recently dead person. Hal was separated from The Spectre and eventually became the Green Lantern again.
He helped rebuild the Green Lantern Corps and learned of a prophecy. The prophecy claimed that the Green Lanterns would be destroyed in the War of Light, which would lead to the Blackest Night. Hal realized that there were six other Lantern Corps out there and left to find them, hoping to avert the war.
Hal has even managed to defeat his arch-enemy, Sinestro, when he learned that Sinestro was revealed to be evil.
Power Ring: Green Lantern’s Powers and Personality
Sinestro : “You’re impertinent, Hal Jordan. You’re rash, volatile, opinionated – It seems Abin Sur found another just like himself.” – Green Lantern
Green Lantern’s power comes from his Power Ring and Power Battery. A Lantern charges a Ring by pointing the ring at the battery, which looks like a green lantern, and reciting the Green Lantern oath.
A Power Ring lets Green Lanterns do almost anything as long as they have enough willpower. They can fly faster than light, are almost invulnerable, and can create objects from light that are limited only by their imagination. Different-colored Power Rings have different abilities and emotional requirements. For example, a blue ring is almost powerless, unless paired with a green ring, which makes it the most powerful. After all, what’s the point of hope without the will to make it reality?
Hal Jordan is cocky, arrogant, and kind of an asshole. He is also a hero. Hal is generally considered to be the leader of the human Green Lanterns and the bravest superhero in the DC universe that includes Superman and Batman.
The Actors who played Green Lantern
Deadpool: “ Please don’t make the super-suit green. Or animated!” – Deadpool
Whether in animated or live-action television and movies, the actors playing Green Lantern are known for their comedy. Jonah Hill, Ryan Reynolds, Nathan Fillion, and Hanna-Barbera mainstay Michael Rye are among the actors who have played Green Lantern. The character isn’t funny, but funny actors are often cast to play him.
Green Lantern made his screen debut in The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, where he was voiced by Gerald Mohr. He was a recurring character in the Super Friends, where he was voiced by Michael Rye. GL has appeared in many other shows, even a crossover with Duck Dodgers. Yes, Daffy Duck’s parody of Buck Rogers.
Green Lantern made his film debut in the eponymous movie, Green Lantern. He was played by Ryan Reynolds. Unlike Reynolds’ other superhero movie, this one flopped. It’s not a good sign for Green Lantern’s future that his next film appearance was in The Lego Movie. He was voiced by Jonah Hill, who reprised the role for The Lego Batman Movie.
Green Lantern will enter the DC Extended Universe in 2020’s Green Lantern Corps. He will also appear in The Justice League’s movie sequel.
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