A new rumor suggests that the actor is in early talks for the role of John Stewart. An earlier report had the Oscar-winning actor playing Lex Luthor, so which is it? Not the most trusted scoop site on the web, is running a rumor story that Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington is in early talks to play Green Lantern John Stewart in Batman Vs. Superman.
This (of course) has not been confirmed or denied by DC Comics or Warner Bros.
It was widely rumored that Warner Bros. was seeking an African-American actor to step in as the film’s main villain, Lex Luthor. Denzel Washington was reportedly wanted for this role, but talks never materialized with the studio. Also eyed by Warner Bros. were Thor‘s Idris Elba, who could not step out of his Marvel contract to take the part, and Arrow actor David Ramsey, who is currently in production on that DC Comics series for The CW.
It’s interesting to note that the first ‘inside source’ that brought forward the Denzel Washington Lex Luthor scoop claimed the actor never came in for talks, yet this new rumor does. So what are we to believe?
So, is the studio looking to create a Justice League that not only has an old, tired Batman in Ben Affleck, but also an old, tired Green Lantern who is only five years away from retirement age and already eligible for his senior discount? (Denzel Washington will turn 60 this year).
On New Year’s Eve, Dwayne Johnson confirmed during a #RockTalk Twitter chat that he is involved with an undisclosed DC Comics adaptation. Fans immediately remembered the actor’s comments from July of 2012, where he confirmed that rumors of him playing Lobo were true. So his latest reveal surely means that this DC Comics adaptation is moving forward with him in the lead….Right?
It was highly speculated that Dwayne Johnson could also be up for a role in Batman Vs. Superman, but it was anyone’s guess as to which character. Well, now Peter Georgiou of Think McFly, Think has Tweeted out another rumor, that Dwayne Johnson is wanted as John Stewart, aka The Green Lantern. But it isn’t know if this is for Batman Vs. Superman, a solo film, or for the impending Justice League.
Rumor: I didn't hear this directly, but it's floating around behind the scenes in the industry: @TheRock is up for JoHn Stewart. Shrugs.
— Peter Georgiou (@Peterg_TMT) January 2, 2014
This is the second John Stewart rumor story to pop up in the last few days. On Saturday, we heard news that Denzel Washington had actually ‘taken’ the part. That, of course, was never confirmed by the studio. Denzel’s name had also been floated in a story about Warner Bros. and DC Comics search for an African-American Lex Luthor.
Batman Vs. Superman comes to theaters July 17th, 2015 and stars Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.