Eiza Gonzalez has already seen her fair share of action on the big screen as part of high-speed car chases, bank robberies and even playing a cyborg, so the adventure game is nothing new for the actress. This is good news considering she’s set to join an even more powerful group of heroes on the small screen. We’ve got some early looks at what Gonzalez could look like as Jessica Cruz’s Green Lantern.
News is coming in fast and furious around HBO Max adapting Green Lantern into a television series on the platform. Plans are to expand the universe around the Green Lantern Corps and have a whole host of folks with the ring and all of its powers. Eiza Gonzalez is rumored to possibly play the role of Jessica Cruz, the first human female Green Lantern, who was introduced in the comics back in 2014.
Cruz’s story is much like other Green Lantern characters in that she essentially stumbles on the ring of power. She is then tasked with learning the ins and outs of its nearly limitless uses, including flight and projections of energy that can take any number of different forms.
Considering Eiza Gonzalez’s acting credits include Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, Alita: Battle Angel and Baby Driver, she’d be an easy fit into this character.
The new HBO Max Green Lantern series wouldn’t just include Eiza Gonzalez’s Jessica Cruz if that is, in fact, where they go with the character. Rumors include bringing along a bunch of the other Green Lanterns we’ve seen over the years including Guy Garnder, Sinestro, Simon Baz, and Alan Scott. A noticeable omission from the rumor mill though is Hal Jordan. That could be because other rumors include Ryan Reynolds coming back to play Green Lantern/ Hal Jordan in the upcoming Zach Snyder recut of Justice League.
It’s unclear if those two worlds overlap, but we do know that HBO Max has a number of different things in store for the DC Universe, so there’s almost surely plans for crossovers. For starters, Ben Affleck is returning as Batman in an unnamed HBO series which would help weave in the narratives from the DC Universe movies.
Plus, HBO Max’s Titans is preparing for its third season with a bunch of new characters coming on board to join the group, including the first iteration of an African-American Robin. So while getting excited for an Eiza Gonzalez version of Green Lantern makes sense, it’s also just one of a number of different ways the DC Universe is going through a massive expansion.
Part of this growth is because HBO Max has taken over much of the DC catalog and is working on bringing its own scope to the universe. Much in the same way Disney+ is casting a wide net over Marvel, HBO is taking a lot from the same playbook.
Eiza Gonzalez’s Jessica Cruz, from the newly leaked images, strikes quite a different look from what we might be used to from Green Lantern on the screen. The Ryan Reynolds version did the character no favors, so taking the Green Lantern Corps in a darker, more somber direction, which these images seem to hint at, is definitely the way to go. Much of the green is replaced with a darker hue, though she does maintain Cruz’s iconic lantern eye when donning the ring.
And it looks like the show will be in good hands. Seth Grahame Smith (Lego Batman Movie) and Marc Guggenheim are already signed on as showrunners/ writers for the series. The latter has worked on other DC Universe series like Arrow, Flash, Legend’s of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Supergirl, so it’s safe to say he’s comfortable with the source material.
That will be important because the Green Lantern stories are a big undertaking. This is an interplanetary group with some members on Earth, but many spread out across the galaxy. Bringing Eiza Gonzalez’s Jessica Cruz to the screen would be just one piece of the galactic Green Lantern puzzle.
Casting news is sure to continue coming in hot over the coming weeks as production ramps up. There are a number of big roles to fill and stories to tell with Green Lantern. And if you are a fan of the DC Universe, there’s been no better time to have the characters you love coming to the screen.