GREEN LANTERN: James Gunn Confirms Plans For Nathan Fillion's Guy Gardner Beyond SUPERMAN: LEGACY

GREEN LANTERN: James Gunn Confirms Plans For Nathan Fillion's Guy Gardner Beyond SUPERMAN: LEGACY GREEN LANTERN: James Gunn Confirms Plans For Nathan Fillion's Guy Gardner Beyond SUPERMAN: LEGACY

Superman: Legacy director James Gunn has talked more about his decision to cast Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner, strongly hinting the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 star will reprise the role in Lanterns...

By JoshWilding - Jul 12, 2023 04:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Green Lantern

Yesterday evening, the news broke that Superman: Legacy has added Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern Guy Gardner. The actor has long been a fan-favourite choice to play Hal Jordan, but the ship has sailed on that, with The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 star now a better fit for Guy.

Prior to the formation of DC Studios, Max was developing a Green Lantern TV series revolving around Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, Alan Scott, Sinestro, and Kilowog.

Jeremy Irvine (Treadstone) was tapped to play Alan, while Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) had been cast as Guy. Fans responded positively to them being cast, but the project has since been scrapped and reimagined as Lanterns for the DCU with the focus instead shifting to Hal Jordan and John Stewart.

That too is something fans have shared their excitement about, particularly as they're the cosmic cops the vast majority want to see receive the spotlight. 

Now, Gunn - who will direct Superman: Legacy and is DC Studios' co-CEO - has confirmed Fillion will play Guy throughout the entire DCU. It sounds a lot like the plan is for him to also appear in Lanterns, though we hope the filmmaker's excitement to give the actor a bowl cut doesn't result in the character becoming a punchline. 

With Mister Terrific and Hawkgirl also set to appear in the Superman reboot, Gunn is clearly looking to flesh out the DCU here and we're intrigued to see what that's going to mean for them and the Man of Steel. 

"Superman: Legacy tells the story of Superman's journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas," reads the movie's synopsis. "He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned."

Superman: Legacy is set to be released in theaters on July 11. 2025.

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bobevanz - 7/12/2023, 4:06 AM
Idk about this, dude is old af lol
Dunejedi - 7/12/2023, 6:36 PM
@bobevanz - Unfortunately, in live-action, people don’t stay 25 for fifty years in a row. Acknowledging old people exist is our cross to bear.
SethBullock - 7/12/2023, 4:30 AM
I like him, but he is too old for this role.
supermanrex - 7/12/2023, 10:05 AM
@SethBullock - how is he too old. guy Gardner works at any age as long as the attitude and personality are there. hell that is the same for all these characters. why is it okay for affleck to play old man Bruce but not okay for Filion to play a seasoned guy Gardner. hell its better that all the heroes aren't of the same generation.
SethBullock - 7/12/2023, 10:28 AM
@supermanrex - I think most of the main JL heroes should have a similar age, except if there is an explanation for them being older while looking younger, like Wonder Woman in the last movies.

If Clark is on his mid/late 20s or even early 30s, I'd not mind if Bruce or Hal were slightly older or younger, but I think a +20 years diffference would be too much.

And I always thought Guy Gardner was younger than Hal or around a similar age.

But even if he is older, I would like to see a Green Lantern movie or tv franchise that lasted for a long while, and that would be easier with a young cast.

Fillion looks good for his age, but when you get older it's harder to keep your body in a good shape (except if you are Brad Pitt, I guess), and he is 52 now, when the movie has not even started filming and when this is not even a Green Lantern project that would be filmed and released probably much later, and I'd be ok with a 35-40 years old Gardner, but maybe 60 could be just too old?
mastakilla39 - 7/12/2023, 12:05 PM
@SethBullock - Don't think they plan on making any solo green lantern films. each green lantern film/show is probably going to be a corp story which focuses on a team of lanterns and not 1 person. its probably going to be closer to his suicide squad and gotg film where he ignores all character relations and stories of the individual to create a team dynamic similar to how he didn't talk about joker with hq or underplayed nebula and drax's connection with thanos.

GL is probably not going to be a part of the main lineup of the JL. The only permanent members he said he was keeping are the trinity because the DCU revolves around them so its going to be a new lineup not the original aquaman, flash, batman, wonder woman, superman, and green lantern we are expecting.
mastakilla39 - 7/12/2023, 12:08 PM
so age shouldn't matter because the gl film is probably going to consist of different species, ethnicity, and races. none of them are supposed to really stand out or should be expected to be in a JL crossover film similar to his gotg where they only crossed over in IW and Endgame but not the other films or events.
supermanrex - 7/12/2023, 12:13 PM
@SethBullock - if Nathan brings Gardner's personality and antics to life then the age shouldn't matter. i mean this is another universe its not meant to be verbatim every nuance from the comics. just bring guy Gardner to life and i know Nathan is perfect for it.
The1st - 7/12/2023, 2:17 PM
@supermanrex - Him being older plays into Guy's persona in the comics as well. It makes sense, to me anyway. I don't know enough about the Hawkgirl actress yet, and I know some are hesitant with Gunn...but imo so far he's making some good moves. I'll be sold when I see Lex though, it'll inform much about how the character will be played. He should be 10-15 years older than Supes, around Batman's age. Not Batman's peak, but clearly wealth has afforded him great health. Calculating, intimidating, menacing, controlled. Charismatic. I'm hoping we actually get to President Lex in this universe. You could even make an elseworld's film about what happens when Supes loses it on Lex and we get Justice Lords.
supermanrex - 7/13/2023, 9:44 AM
@The1st - honestly i wouldn't mind if we skipped lex luthor. we have had at least 4 to 5 different lex luthors in some form or fashion in the last 7 to 10 years. he is like the joker at this point were it almost just seem like they are putting him in for the tradition sake. i wouldn't mind someone else stepping to the forefront i.e. braniac. superman has such an awesome list of villians and they always get put to the back burner in favor of lex and this mainly happens cause they feel with each reboot they have to start with lex each time. well by the time we get through this iteration of lex, WB reboots again and no one else gets to step up on screen to face superman.
The1st - 7/13/2023, 1:09 PM
@supermanrex - I can understand that. Have him looming in the films, maybe an appearance here and there. Watching as he sees that he cannot control the world as once thought. Then, Braniac enters and Lex truly becomes the menace intended as his ambitions now extend beyond the Eaerth. He needs to be there though, you can't skirt around him like Batman movies do with the Joker. I feel like by the 2nd film he'd need to start being established though.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/12/2023, 4:34 AM
Remember when Finn Wittrock was cast as Guy Gardner for the Green Lantern Television series? But I guess James Gunn "didn't fire him" he just "was never cast."
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/12/2023, 4:38 AM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - Seriously though, I never thought he was right for Guy. Maybe Gunn can make things right:

batmanink - 7/12/2023, 5:39 AM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - it sounds like a total reworking of the show, so while it may retain some of the original show’s DNA, I didn’t expect anything to survive from the original project when they went from a handful of secondary lanterns down to two primary lanterns.
CoHost - 7/12/2023, 4:36 AM
JC, focus on the movie in front of you. You can't be both a filmmaker and a studio head.
supermanrex - 7/12/2023, 10:07 AM
@CoHost - uhm. i think thats why he gets paid the money he gets paid because people can multi task. you should try it.
CoHost - 7/12/2023, 12:15 PM
@supermanrex - Multi-tasking is a myth.
supermanrex - 7/12/2023, 1:58 PM
@CoHost - maybe you should tell my boss that so i can stop having to do it at work.
batmanink - 7/12/2023, 5:36 AM
Everyone is a potential punchline for James Gunn. No one is safe.
marvel72 - 7/12/2023, 5:48 AM
I thought the Lanterns show would be based on Hal Jordan John Stewart,the characters you mentioned would feature in the show but the main focus would be Hal and John.
thesuperbrando - 7/12/2023, 12:35 PM
@marvel72 - It is. Guy Gardner is appearing in the upcoming Superman Legacy movie and also in the Green Lantern HBO show, both as a supporting character.
Repian - 7/12/2023, 5:54 AM
Alan Tudyk would be my Tomar-Re.
The1st - 7/12/2023, 2:19 PM
@Repian - He should be almost anyone not playing a human really.
Typhoon20 - 7/12/2023, 6:01 AM
Anyone have a bad feeling about this movie ?
TheHumanSpider2 - 7/12/2023, 8:21 AM
@Typhoon20 - Gunn's track record with the genre (5/5) is the only reason why I still have some fayth in it, because is not looking good.
ObserverIO - 7/12/2023, 9:16 AM
@Typhoon20 - I told myself not to give up on DC until Superman Legacy and I intend to honor that vow.
But it's looking bad, yeah. They're not building things Ab Ovo like the MCU, they're going In Media Res like the Snyderverse. He's also taking an In Situ approach to the reboot, retaining elements of the Snyderverse (and with it, potentially retaining the Snydercurse).

You'd think they'd play it safe after [frick]ing up so bad, but I guess not.

Like TheHumanSpider pointed out though, if it were anyone other than Gunn I would have already abandoned all hope for the DCU reboot, but maybe the dude's thought about all this and has come up with creative ways to make it work without alienating the GA completely with their very first movie out of the gate.
GhostDog - 7/12/2023, 7:11 AM
He’s old as hell da [frick]
Repian - 7/12/2023, 8:28 AM
@GhostDog - Fillion could have been a great Maxwell Lord. A charismatic billionaire friend of superheroes.

TheHumanSpider2 - 7/12/2023, 8:20 AM
James Gunn: "Henry Cavill is 40, too old to play Superman"
Also James Gunn: "here is a 52 years old Guy Gardner, played by a friend of mine"

Again, dont make me side with the Cult, but this is ridiculous.
ObserverIO - 7/12/2023, 9:22 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Hey that's a good point. You say you're against actors coming back and playing a character that they played when they were younger. Would you be against Cavill coming back as Supes if this movie fails?
ShimmyShimmyYA - 7/12/2023, 9:24 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - it’s crazy

People telling us not to complain cause they think it’s some weird DC marvel shit but I think most are just sick of the cameo fest , Superman doesn’t need that, the marvel movies don’t either
TheHumanSpider2 - 7/12/2023, 9:36 AM
@ObserverIO - Yup.

@ShimmyShimmyYA - If we fans are tired, imagine general audiences.
ObserverIO - 7/12/2023, 10:00 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - You would be against that too? Well at least you're consistent I guess.

As far as the GA goes I think they gave up completely some time last year. I went to a screening of The Flash on opening night and I'm pretty sure every single member of the audience (all four of us) were nerdy fans. No normies or casuals at all.
TheHumanSpider2 - 7/12/2023, 10:04 AM
@ObserverIO - I think MoM was the breaking point. A lot of general audiences saw that movie, and it was the moment when a lot of them said "you know, I'm done".
ObserverIO - 7/12/2023, 10:30 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Could have been. Still some Marvel movies are doing okay. Even Quantumania didn't do as badly as the last three DC movies. But I think the one-two-punch of MoM and Thor: Love and Thunder probably was a factor. When you can't even rely on Marvel any more it's like the ground beneath your feet has gone.
TheHumanSpider2 - 7/12/2023, 11:12 AM
@ObserverIO - Pretty much.
But while Marvel is having problems, DC is plain DEAD at this point.
obarium - 7/12/2023, 3:37 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - There are other Green Lanterns. I don't see Guy being the lead Lantern in any DCU project going forward, but Superman is clearly key to the whole damn thing which makes age and longevity more important in that case.
TheHumanSpider2 - 7/12/2023, 3:38 PM
@obarium - James already said Guy was sticking around for future projects :/
Reeds2Much - 7/12/2023, 9:27 AM
Nathan Fillion can do a pretty good Guy Gardner if he channels his time as Captain Hammer from Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog.

That being said Guy sucks so whatever.
ObserverIO - 7/12/2023, 9:27 AM
So how's this work, Hal Jordan was the first Green Lantern, he goes into exile and Guy Gardener is given the ring. Then he teams up with the second Blue Beetle has a couple of decades of adventures and then passes the mantle down to John Stewart and Hal Jordan comes out of exile and is allowed to train John Stewart like he was allowed to train Guy Gardner?

Or is James Gunn just completely abandoning the idea of one Lantern per sector?
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