By Nathan Kamal | 4 hours ago
Green Lantern and Green Arrow have long been allies in DC Comics continuity, so when does the trailer for the next DC Universe animated movie Green Lantern: Beware of my power starts by fighting them immediately, this indicates that something is going on. In this case, it appears to be the John Stewart version of the character, rather than the Hal Jordan version that usually bonds with billionaire playboy/Batman knockoff archer Oliver Queen. It also seems like John Stewart is new to his Green Lantern powers and none of the Justice League members recognize him. So what gives? Watch the trailer and see:
Actually Green Lantern: Beware of my power takes place in a slightly different timeline than we might be used to. In this continuity, the Green Lantern everyone seems to know is Hal Jordan, and we are informed by Hawkgirl (voiced by Jamie Gray Hyder) that he is dead. There was an attack on Oa (the Green Lantern headquarters planet located at the exact center of the universe) by Sinestro (Rick D. Wasserman), and this time he seems to have succeeded in his nefarious plans. So once it’s established that Green Lantern John Stewart (voiced by Aldis Hodge) isn’t a villain, it’s up to him and Green Arrow (voiced by Jimmi Simpson) to save the day.
Here we see Green Arrow ready to turn John Stewart into a ball after making a joke:
And new Green Lantern John Stewart trying to figure out the fact that he’s being threatened by a man dressed as Robin Hood:
During the trailer for the upcoming feature, we see Sinestro in action, surrounded by his evil yellow energy:
A vengeful Hawkgirl (and really, are there any others?) preparing to harm those responsible for thousands of dead Thanagarians:
The corpse of a Guardian of the Universe (not to be confused with a Guardian of the Galaxy) burning into nothingness after bestowing a Green Lantern power ring on John Stewart:
And finally, John Stewart and Oliver Queen being buddies or at least reluctant comrades-in-arms:
While Hal Jordan is generally considered the “main” Green Lantern, the John Stewart version of the character is considered a fan favorite. Created by recently deceased legend Neal Adams and Dennis O’Neil in the early 1970s, the character directly addressed racial issues in the comic book pages at a time when this was unprecedented. The character (originally modeled after Sidney Poitier) became an important part of the Green Lantern mythos, even serving as the universe’s first human guardian for a time.
John Stewart became even better known to the public as the Green Lantern in the Justice League Unlimited animated series, in which he was portrayed as one of the founding members of the Justice League and voiced by Phil LaMarr. This character redesign in Green Lantern: Beware of my power will join the much-loved new series of DC Animated Movies on July 26.