Going only by online fan art, you would think Tyrese Gibson was already cast in the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe take on the superhero Green Lantern at Warner Bros. Pictures.
“Green Lantern Corps” is expected to include multiple human Green Lanterns, one of them being the John Stewart version of the character. Rumor was that Chris Pine and Tyrese would be announces as Hal Jordan and John Stewart respectively at Comic Con this year, a rumor that did not pan out.
Speaking this week during the “Furious 7” home entertainment promotional tour, Gibson was asked by Collider if he could say any more about whether he scored the part and how he first started campaigning for the role:
“Well I was innocent from the beginning. I was at home eating a bowl of Lucky Charms in my drawers, my ugly feet were out, and I got about six direct messages on Instagram with photos of me as the Green Lantern. This particular fan who did this fan art said that there was a community of people that had been talking for like a month and a half about who they think would be the best Green Lantern and they all picked me. I said to them, ‘I took the oath, and I am going to commit myself to this process of seeing what’s possible.’
I’ve already had a couple of meetings at Warner Bros., so we’ll see what happens. I do believe that there needs to be more black superheroes out there, but that’s not even my motivation. I think I would be the best Green Lantern and based on my fans and supporters that spent around $6 billion in box office receipts, I feel like there’s a fanbase of fans out there waiting to see me put on this green suit and do my thing. So I would love to confirm something today but I can’t. We’ll just keep following up.”
The Green Lantern characters are expected to first appear in the two-part “Justice League” films in late 2017 and mid-2019 before his own standalone film in mid-2020.