Arrow’s Michael Jai White Wants To Play John Stewart Green Lantern In DCEU

Arrow actor Michael Jai White reveals the character from the Marvel or DC Universe he’d most like to play is John Stewart/Green Lantern.

by Rebecca VanAcker
        Published 6 hours ago


                                                Arrow actor Michael Jai White reveals he'd like to play the John Stewart version of Green Lantern in the DC Extended Universe. White portrayed Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger in Arrow seasons two and seven. Originally a villain on the show, Turner's time with the Suicide Squad changed him, though he also died as a result. Luckily, Turner's death was undone by Barry Allen's Flashpoint actions. This led to Oliver Queen encountering him during his time in jail, with Turner ultimately helping Oliver and becoming uneasy friends with him.

                                                                    Green Lantern has long been a source of speculation for Arrow fans. Many spent the show's run hoping John Diggle would eventually play a version of the character, specifically John Stewart. After several subtle references over the years, Arrow finally paid off on the idea in its series finale earlier this year, offering a fun Green Lantern tease in the show's final moments. Some hope Diggle's portrayer, David Ramsey, will play a role in HBO Max's upcoming Green Lantern series. However, Ramsey hasn't been able to comment on a future as Green Lantern, only saying "we'll still see," after Arrow's series finale. The Green Lantern show will feature two different Green Lanterns, making it a little more likely Ramsey could play one of them.

                                                Now, the Arrow connection to Green Lantern continues with White's recent comments. In a video posted by Geek House Show on Instagram, White discussed which DC or Marvel character he'd most like to play, replying, "that answer would have to be, from the DC Universe, a character called John Stewart because that's what everybody wants me to play. So, can't let down the fans."

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                                        John Stewart is one of several Green Lanterns and also notable for being DC's first black superhero. Starting as a backup for Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Stewart eventually takes over the lead position. However, Jordan is still the Green Lantern shown most often on TV and film. Ryan Reynolds' version of the character is probably the most well-known, appearing in 2011's famously bad Green Lantern movie. However, Stewart was a part of Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series in the early 2000s, as well as some other pieces of media.

                                                It's interesting to hear White would like to play the John Stewart version of Green Lantern, but this video isn't exactly a campaign for the role. Instead, it sounds like it's a popular fan suggestion White approves of. Though Green Lantern may not appear in the DCEU anytime soon, it's not too late for the Arrow actor to put his hat in the ring for the HBO Max show.

                                                More: Diggle's Green Lantern Future After Arrow: What Happens Next

                                                Source: Geek House Show

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        About The AuthorRebecca VanAcker is a news writer and evening editor at Screen Rant. She enjoys covering all things superhero, especially Marvel and the Arrowverse. In the past, she’s written TV recaps for Screen Picks and reviews for Yahoo TV UK. Though Rebecca likes movies and other forms of storytelling, TV is her true passion, having written about it in some capacity since 2014. She especially loves female-driven shows like Parks and Recreation, Jane the Virgin, and Fleabag. 

A graduate of Michigan State University, Rebecca got her teaching certificate before falling in love with writing and the entertainment industry. She has a B.A. in English, and her longtime love of reading has followed her into adulthood. While she enjoys discovering new books, right now she’s probably just re-reading Harry Potter for the millionth time. Her other hobbies include baking, anything Disney, and exploring with her dog, Beckett.

You can follow Rebecca on Twitter @BecksVanAcker, or contact her directly at rvanacker23(at)gmail(dot)com.
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