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DC Comics news: Denzel up for Green Lantern and Kindt leaves "Suicide Squad"

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The final DC Comics related news article of the year for December 28th - 30th, 2013!

Denzel Washington rumored to be Green Lantern in film; Warner Brothers begins work on time machine!?

As the rumors continue to swirl around the massive Warner Brothers/DC Entertainment motion picture for July 17th, 2015 which is tentatively titled "Batman vs. Superman", an interesting one arose as 2013 nears a close. Nuke the Fridge states that heralded actor Denzel Washington is being approached about a role within the film; early reports were that it was as Lex Luthor, but the website claims it may be of the John Stewart incarnation of Green Lantern. While it is very early days for this film - principle photography for it likely won't begin until next summer, at least - it raises quite a bit of irony for the studio if this is even remotely true.

DC Comics' rival Marvel Comics rocked the world in 2008 with not only the start of their successful "Iron Man" franchise, but began what is now known as "The Marvel Cinematic Universe" which continued into subsequent successful films as well as a modestly successful network TV show. Ever since, DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers have sought to emulate that level of hype and success in any DC Comics film franchise beyond that of Batman or Superman (and even Superman's film franchise has been past its prime since roughly 1980). With the promotion of Geoff Johns to a high level position within DC Entertainment, he brought with him the idea that the studio could emulate Marvel and build to their own team hero film starting with "Green Lantern".

The biggest problem, however, was that both DC and WB had offered conflicting views as to who he was in the small screen. He was Hal Jordan in "Superfriends" from the 1970's through the 1980's, but changed to Kyle Rayner (with Jordan's origin and design) when introduced in "Superman: The Animated Series" in the late 90's. When the highly successful "Justice League" and "Justice League Unlimited" ran on Cartoon Network from 2001-2006, it was quickly decided early in production to make the team more representative by having the John Stewart version of the Green Lantern be the show's primary emerald hero. Voiced by Phil LaMarr, the character gained new recognition from fans of all ages, which saw Stewart revived and further utilized in the comics of the time as well. When initial plans for a "Justice League" film began in 2007, rap singer Common was cast in the role. However, by 2010-2011 the original Hal Jordan version was seen as the ideal, and so the decision was made to make him the lead in the film version, with "master thespian" Ryan Reynolds in the role. Produced for at least $200 million, the film barely earned more than that worldwide and is considered by many a failure in every manner.

Why bring all this up? Because if Warner Brothers had instead sought to cast Denzel Washington as Green Lantern and ran with him as their lead in 2011 - purists be darned - the film could have succeeded, and perhaps a less desperate film could have been produced for summer 2015 instead.

Matt Kindt leaves "Suicide Squad"!

At the end of the "Forever Evil" event in March, "Suicide Squad" writer Matt Kindt has announced he will end his tenure on the title. This will mean his run had only lasted six issues, after the sudden departure of Ales Kot after a mere four issues. Like many books as part of the "New 52" line, the title has been plagued by turmoil between editors and creative teams, as well as the decision to turn Amanda "The Wall" Waller into a super model figure.

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