In Blackest Night: Johns and Jordan
It is now the year 2017, a good 6 years since the first ever Green lantern movie was released. The feature film, which starred Ryan Reynolds as the eponymous galactic cop before he went on to become everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth, was an early attempt by Warner Bros. and DC Comics to establish a shared cinematic universe akin to what Marvel has been doing – and with phenomenal success – up to this day. Sadly, nothing much came out of the attempt and they had to start from scratch with the release of Man of Steel a couple of years later due to poor critical reception and the movie’s underwhelming performance in the box office. We will say this, though: the mere production of a movie based on Green Lantern is an impressive feat on its own. And we have comics scribe Geoff Johns to partly thank for that. It was he who brought Green Lantern back from the dead both literally and figuratively, and put the Hal Jordan back as the main wielder of the power ring.
Keep in mind, before Geoff Johns expanded the GL mythos for DC starting in 2005, most people were only mainly familiar with the character by way of the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited series; to the casual fan, THE Green Lantern was John Stewart. Now, don’t misunderstand: John Stewart is great and all, and the Justice League cartoons are probably some of the greatest superhero adaptations in TV history. The point we’re trying to make here is that Hal Jordan has receded from the spotlight at the time.
However, with the arrival of Geoff Johns to pen the Green Lantern: Rebirth miniseries in the mid-2000’s and the subsequent ongoing GL title that followed it, Hal Jordan was able to reclaim his spot as the original Green Lantern (fine, original Silver Age GL. Happy, fanboy?).
Johns’ influence on this whole section of the DC universe cannot be overstated: he’s become a part of the characters’ history the same way Grant Morrison is for he did on the X-Men titles in the early 2000’s. For one, without John we wouldn’t have Sinestro as we know him today: a fully fleshed out villain/antihero that readers can both deplore and sympathize with. The Yellow Lantern incarnation of Sinestro and his whole fear-wielding corps has become so ingrained in the GL mythos that some fans don’t even remember a time that these concepts didn’t exist; they’re just that organic to the title.
Then, in 2011, the writer was able to further expand the whole cosmic corner of the DCU by adding more elements to it when the publisher came up with its line-wide event entitled Blackest Night. It would be here that fans will be introduced to all the other corps out there, most notable of which is the Red Lantern corps, whose popularity gave way to its very own series when the New 52 initiative was launched that same year.Nowadays, though, Mr. Johns serves as both president of DC Entertainment (the arm that covers both the TV shows and movies aside from the comics) and Chief creative Officer for DC Comics, positions that are well-earned indeed.