|You may not have heard of most of them, but someone will fight tooth and nail that the most obscure one's the best.|
- Alan Scott
- Hal Jordan
- John Stewart
- Guy Gardner
- Kyle Rayner
- Simon Baz
|My personal favorite, BTdubs.|
|Oh, boy, this guy.|
|Thank you, Mr. McFly.|
|Batman's actual response: "Tell Guy he needs a shave." And that's why he's Batman.|
|Don't worry, we'll discuss him in detail at some point.|
This leaves us with the trio of Hal, John, and Kyle.
|L to R: Hal, John, Kyle. Coincidentally the only Lanterns in Justice League Heroes. They play exactly the same. Irony?|
This leaves us with John Stewart, who, sadly, is most often summed up as "the black guy."
|Not this guy.|
Again, I want to stress that I'm not saying John Stewart isn't a good character, quite the opposite. He has many merits and interesting qualities, including his backstory as a Marine and the quirks of his ring constructs.... none of which are the main reason he's chosen to be included in multiple Justice League adaptations.
Hypothetically, if I were in charge of a Justice League adaptation, and I had to decide to decide on a single Lantern, I'd bend the rules and choose a rotating cast of Hal, Guy, and John, as they would logically probably rotate JL duty.
But that's cheating. If I had to choose a single one? ...Hal Jordan, simply for the sake of classic-ness. But... why have a single one? Why not have two? Especially if the team had to be ethnically diverse, which is a valid concern. My solution: Hal Jordan and Simon Baz. Simon has many interesting qualities that could be used quite well in a team dynamic, and he would represent a minority which, let's face it, does not get enough positive exposure in the media. And even then, why not at least have cameos from other Lanterns?
Basically, my point is that there are many choices for Green Lantern protagonists. The deciding factor should not just be "pick the black guy;" it's unfair to the characters and the fans. Like I said at the beginning, there's a lot of choices, and no matter which one you pick, someone will be upset. Still, at least we have Green Lantern: the Animated Series, which has been slowly but surely building up its roster of Lanterns. Why, I'm certain that soon, we'll get to see all five Earth Lanterns on screen, kicking butt and...