You would be hard pressed to find a comic book fan who watched last night's CW "The Dawn of the Justice League" special and didn't walk away being thoroughly excited based on what co-hosts Kevin Smith and Geoff Johns revealed. The first footage of Wonder Woman was thrilling to see and the new Suicide Squad trailer ended the show with a huge bang that people are still talking about this on social media this morning. For the Green Lantern fan there was confirmation that the Green Lantern Corps movie is still a part of the DC Cinematic Universe plans, but if the imagery that was shown last night was chosen intentionally they said a lot more than the few words spoken by Geoff Johns.
When the initial concept art was released yesterday the Justice League was represented in the form of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Flash and Aquaman - the six members who've been publicly announced as having been cast and who all appear in one form or another in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. From the beginning of last night's show Green Lantern had a presence in the imagery that was broadcast about the Justice League, something I personally don't believe DC Films would have done if the character doesn't figure into their plans for the Justice League films. Without coming right out and saying it the allusion is that we can expect to see a Green Lantern on the team. I also believe that including Green Lantern right from the start was an intentional effort to show publicly that there is confidence in the franchise despite the performance of the 2011 film.
The other thing to note is that throughout the initial part of the show as the Justice League is talked about only Hal Jordan appears on screen as Green Lantern through animated comic book art. As carefully planned out as these kinds of reveals are this reinforces to me that Hal will be the Green Lantern at least initially in the Justice League films. If DC Films is undecided about which character they plan to use at this point in the game then they'd likely have used images of several different Green Lanterns to keep conjecture alive, however they chose to specifically show one particular character several times making an unspoken statement about what viewers can expect.
As for Amboyer himself, he's of course not saying much about his participation in Batman v Superman and when approached on social media about Green Lantern he politely thanks people for their comments. In the November interview below he dodges the issue when asked outright which is interesting in itself. Jump to the 26:26 mark to see his comments.
|An image from "The Dawn of the Justice League" special|
While the choice of images could be dismissed, I don't believe that DC Films is going to be that casual in how they promote these films and in how they represent their intentions to a fan base which is paying very close attention to their every action. DC Films may not have told us a great deal about Green Lantern's role in the movie universe I do think they showed us what we can look forward to if we examine the choices they made in last night's special.