Why DC's movie plans probably just axed any hope of a Green Lantern cameo on Arrow

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Jul 20, 2015

The team behind The CW’s Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow have turned world-building into an art form — but there’s apparently one corner of the DC universe they still can’t touch. Thanks, Zack Snyder.

Both The Flash and Arrow have been dropping subtle hints about Green Lantern for a while now, with the introduction of DC Comics airline Ferris Air (made famous in the Green Lantern comics) and, most recently the throwaway line about a Ferris Air test pilot going missing during a flight (which is obviously a nod toward Hal Jordan) on The Flash. Sadly, it seems those easter eggs will remain easter eggs for the foreseeable future.

The reason? Warner Bros. and DC’s big announcement that a Green Lantern Corps. film is in development, with plans to be introduced as part of the burgeoning Justice League universe being built by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). The topic of introducing Green Lantern came up during a recent interview with Arrow/Flash producer Marc Guggenheim, and he said the big-screen plan probably moved the character to the “Do Not Touch” list with Batman:

“They announced the Green Lantern Corps movie, and I’d be surprised if it didn’t include Hal Jordan. It would be great but I doubt it very much.”

Le sigh. This isn’t the first time a DC movie knocked a character off the small screen, as the Arrow version of Deadshot was unceremoniously axed once the film entered development. Not to mention that rumblings of a potential Suicide Squad spinoff TV series were also buried to make way for Will Smith & Co.’s big-screen version.

Which, sure, it makes sense you don’t want brand confusion — but it doesn’t explain why we literally have a Flash TV series, and a Flash film in development? If one is fine, why not the other? Wouldn't you want to leverage those characters across more media? The logic just doesn’t compute. 

Regardless, you can probably kiss any dreams of a small-screen Hal Jordan goodbye. Sorry, folks.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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