Marvel has pulled off something many would have dismissed as impossible not that long ago — they’ve created a cohesive cinematic universe that weaves throughout individual films and brings the heroes together for the big-screen Avengers team-ups. With Marvel’s grand experiment raking in billions at the box office, it’s no surprise that their Distinguished Competition — DC Comics — is trying to play catch-up, beginning with last summer’s Man of Steel, and continuing in the upcoming sequel to that film. Now a rumor is circulating that actor/wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson might be joining the DC cinematic universe, and that hopefully he’ll look good in green.
The rumor mill began churning when Johnson tweeted the following last week.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 31, 2013
That’s the sort of thing that’s going to stir up all manner of speculation, and sure enough ThinkMcFlyThink’s Peter Georgiou soon dumped some fuel on the fire by suggesting that Johnson might be wielding a power ring as a Green Lantern…but not the most well-known one.
Rumor: I didn't hear this directly, but it's floating around behind the scenes in the industry: @TheRock is up for Jon Stewart. Shrugs.
— Peter Georgiou (@Peterg_TMT) January 2, 2014
That’s a long, long way from actual confirmation, but neither is it particularly far-fetched. Man of Steel 2 — or Superman vs. Batman, or whatever the hell they eventually call it — is already confirmed to include DC’s big three, Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gidot). There are also rumors that former Batman apprentice Nightwing might show up, or super-speedster the Flash, even if only in cameo form. Adding a Green Lantern to the mix certainly wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility. Moreover, introducing Stewart would help distance the new movies from the earlier Green Lantern film, which starred Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. Introducing a Green Lantern would also give the next DC movie some epic scale, perhaps setting the stage for a cosmic-level badass like Darkseid to appear in some future Justice League movie, just as the Marvel movies are teasing the eventual conflict with Thanos.
And even though it pre-dates the success of Man of Steel and DC’s grand cinematic plan, Johnson himself had previously hinted that he might have had some discussions about the role of Stewart. Back in May of 2012, Johnson replied cryptically to one Twitter follower’s suggestion that he would make a great John Stewart.
Funny U say that.. RT: @krystal_burt: @ron2smoove I could see Rock playing in DC movies. Gravedigger or John Stewart (JL's Green Lantern)
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 17, 2012
Of course, Johnson might be up for a different DC character entirely. Many jumped on the possibility that Johnson might once again be looking into playing the cigar-chewing alien mercenary/bounty hunter Lobo. As recently as 2012, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton was developing a Lobo film, and Johnson — who was Peyton’s Journey 2 leading man — confirmed in a tweet that Peyton wanted him to play the so-called Main Man.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 15, 2012
However, not much has been heard about the Lobo film since then, and the project would almost certainly have changed in light of DC’s attempts to form their own connected cinematic universe. Even if they do want a Lobo movie at some point, it seems unlikely that they’d pick that character for a solo film in the first wave of their big-screen universe-building. Then again, Marvel looking more and more like they’re going to pull off Guardians of the Galaxy, an equally weird and obscure property, so who knows?
What do you guys think? Would you like to see Johnson as a Green Lantern, or possibly riding around on a space Harley?