Why Tom Cruise Could Be The Perfect Hal Jordan In 'Green Lantern Corps'?
It is official. Green Lantern will return to the DC cinematic universe!
Warner Bros. will be developing two Green Lantern projects. One will be an original limited series for their newly launched HBO Max, and the other will be a reboot film that will introduce audiences to the larger mythos of the Green Lantern.
Upcoming 'Green Lantern Corps' Movie
The new film, Green Lantern Corps, will be produced by CW's Arrowverse showrunner, Greg Berlanti, and Geoff Johns—who executive produced Green Lantern (2011), Justice League (2017) and also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984.
Previously, a Green Lantern movie reboot was announced by Warner Bros. with the release of concept art at the San Diego Comic-Con event in early 2015. At the time, Zack Snyders' Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was still in development.
Although the "concept art" was not of the highest quality, the leaked picture unquestionably features a person wearing a green costume surrounded by emerald light. The figure at the front and center in the picture is very similar to the likeness of Hal Jordan.
Previously, Ryan Raynolds had played the cocky and brash air-force pilot in the much-heavily panned 2011 Green Lantern.
The Case For Green Lantern Tom Cruise
After the announcement of the Green Lantern reboot by Warner Bros., speculation was running wild as to who could properly play Hal Jordan next time.
Chris Pine was the fan favorite who was deemed perfect to don the emerald ring. Unfortunately, he went on to play Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman (2017).
Other notable names have also floated around on the internet like Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bradley Cooper, and Joel McHale. But no other actor quite had the fans' heads turning like Tom Cruise.
However, Cruise seemed to be an odd choice to be the top contender for the superhero role. It was even speculated that Warner Bros. was only considering him so that his star power could put the previous disaster film into the past.
But as the rumors started to build up, the casting choice seemed to appear more plausible when many fan renditions of Tom Cruise as Green Lantern started circulating social media.
Resemblance Between Hal Jordan and Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible Character
Tom Cruise is known famously for his role as Ethan Hunt in the box-office breaking Mission Impossible franchise. In the film, Ethan Hunt is a cocky and arrogant spy who is oftentimes not afraid to put himself in danger to complete the mission at all costs. Whether it is on a speeding train, an airplane during take-off, or a city-wiping biochemical weapon, Hunt remains fearless in the face of any danger.
And that is what Hal Jordan is—fearless. Jordan is a cocky, brash, and sometimes arrogant Air Force pilot who never accepts defeat. His forceful and robust personality has made him the leader of the Green Lantern Corps. He is considered probably the greatest member to wear the Green Lantern ring.
Similarly, Cruise's role in Top Gun (1986) is also reminiscent of Hal Jordan. In Top Gun, Cruise's lead character, Maverick, is a likable young aviator despite being cocky and abrasive. His penchant for taking risky decisions while flying and disobeying commands makes him infamous in his ranks. His reckless and foolhardy approach in flying does seem to work. However, he often ends up saving the day.
Suppose Warner Bros. is considering Cruise, then his age wouldn't be a factor since the Green Lantern Corps movie would introduce audiences to Hal Jordan, who is a more seasoned veteran.
However, Hal wouldn't be the only main Green Lantern in the film, though. The character would share the spotlight with a newly-recruited John Stewart—who is another notable Green Lantern.
Whether or not Tom Cruise dons the emerald ring is yet to be seen. Meanwhile, fans can expect to see Cruise in his famous cocky pilot persona in the sequel to Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick. The sequel is scheduled to release in December 2020.