More information about Zack Snyder’s original vision for the Justice League continues to see the light in the day’s following the release of “the Snyder Cut”. One revelation comes in the news that Snyder was at odds with Warner Brothers of the inclusion of Green Lantern in the film. Snyder filmed a scene for Zack Snyder’s Justice League that included Green Lantern rather than Martian Manhunter, with Snyder deviating from comic history and using John Stewart. Concept art for Stewart was recently released on social media.
“We shot a version of this scene with Green Lantern, but the studio really fought me and said, ‘We really don’t want you to do Green Lantern.’ So I made a deal with them, and they let me do this [instead].” – Zack Snyder commenting on the Martian Manhunter (via Vanity Fair)
The absence of a Green Lantern from our sector during events like the Kryptonian invasion in Man of Steel is as glaring of an omission as Martian Manhunter standing by and not engaging as the conflict. At least in the case of Green Lantern one could assume that some other greater threat kept the ring slinger from lending a hand. Snyder’s cut did provide more footage of Yalan Gur and add a cameo of a dead Kilowog, but no modern era Green Lantern was included.
Snyder’s plan included not only John Stewart, but potentially Ryan Reynolds as another Green Lantern which could be assumed to be Hal Jordan. During a YouTube interview, Snyder revealed that this idea never went far and that he did not have a conversation with Reynolds to reprise the role. Snyder hints that he may reveal more of his plans for Green Lantern in the future.