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Dang, The Rock Can’t Even Joke About Which Superhero Could Beat Who Without Being Asked If He’s Green Lantern


You may be hearing that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is up for the role of John Stewart, Green Lantern of Earth. I am here to tell you that he’s really very probably not.

Ok, so what happened was that his Rockness sent out a nice instagram post about an old friend of his, and now even The Hollywood Reporter is talking about how it means he’s in talks with Warner Bros. Really. Here’s what he said:

Known [Hiram Garcia] since he was 15. I was on the football field playing for Miami, he was leading the Hurricanes marching band as Drum Major. He spent years of working on my WWE story lines & Rock monologues. Then years of being on every movie set with me learning the film business from top to bottom. Today, he’s one of the best and most sought after producers in Hollywood. Brilliant, relentless and one big motherf*cker! Proud of you brother & thank you for all the hard work. #ProducerHiram #TeamRock #JohnStewartCanStillWhupSupermansAss

Look. I know that an actor of color rumored to be in talks with Warner Bros. just hashtagged a post with the words “John Stewart.” But it’s also very clear that this is a case of Johnson sharing an old inside joke with a long-time friend. He has known Hiram Garcia more than a quarter of a century. Garcia is credited as his assistant on some of his films. Johnson used to be married to Garcia’s sister. Garcia is a producer with Hollywood connections, but not on any movies made by Warner Bros. And when the fan machine started churning Johnson’s friendly post into rumor, he seemed more bewildered than cagey, frankly:

This is what nerds do, folks. We have longstanding arguments with our oldest friends in which we hold opposing viewpoints on entirely trivial matters and we would rather eat glass than admit the other person’s viewpoint and we will never miss a point to tell them that they’re wrong. Heck, by those standards, I’m rumored to be playing the Question in Batman vs. Superman.

Seriously, though, can I play the Question in Batman vs. Superman?

(via The Hollywood Reporter.)

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  • Anonymous

    If I’m being honest, I kinda like the idea, even if it’s false. He’s a popular actor who’d lend some much-needed cred to the project and maybe get some people interested, and more importantly, sends a very clear message that the Green Lantern in this film is in no way connected to that shitty Ryan Reynolds film.

    In fact it’d arguably be much easier to reboot the concept than with a project like Hulk or the Fantastic Four because there’s multiple Green Lanterns other than Hal Jordan.

  • Miguel Hernandez

    I was originally opposed to the idea of using Jon Stewart over Hal Jordan for a JL movie, but your reasoning is quite sound. It would do well to distance itself from the GL movie, use someone who has some actual presence (unlike some of the other casting choices WB has been doing with their DC movies) and it wouldn’t have to reboot anything. They can just be like “hey, it’s ONE of those Green Lanterns!”.

  • Anonymous

    It seems to me that is the WB want to do a Justice League movie, they should just do it, and not try to hide it in another movie. They’ve blown the chance to do the marvel model and build to it slowly, so they have to rush into it, almost ensuring it’ll seem slapped together, extra year or no.

  • Troy Lenze

    I’m on board with this as long as he can play Wonder Man at some point.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

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  • Joseph Roy Fishbeck

    I’d be okay with it, but Idris Elba will always be my dream John Stewart. His work in “Luther” has convinced me that he could bring the needed seriousness to the role.

  • Ashe

    Seconding this so hard. He would be stellar.

  • Manu Zolezzi

    He should be playing Black Adam, /god dammit/.

  • J Ritchey

    To be fair, they tried to do that initially and got almost universally panned for even suggesting it. It seems like they’re still wanting to do the same, but decided it was safer to broach the subject incrementally so people could get used to it. They’re kind of shutting the gate after the cattle got loose there, but that seems to be the intent.

  • Anonymous

    And because Jon Stewart is the best lantern. That would help, too.

  • Anonymous

    “Polo is reported to be ecstatic yet confused as to why WB cast her as the Vic Sage version of the character.”

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Wonderman as in the Marvel character? I didn’t think his chances were that great for the cinematic universe. He mannages to somehow be lower on the totem pole than Ant-man in alot of ways

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    I know that this is probably all baseless, but I actually would like to see him play John Stewert. Yes, his role in the last two scorpion king movies was really really really insufferably terrible and cringe worthy in a manner that made Green Lantern and Batman & Robin come off as cinematic gold, but he can certainly pull off stone faced badass pretty decently.

    And yes you can play Question!
    Drawback is that you would have to play the new 52 Question who is ‘one of the three worst sinners in human history~!’

  • Troy Lenze

    Oh, I don’t think there is much chance, but with The Vision making it into the next Avengers movie, Wonderman could at least be mentioned. But Dwayne Johnson is basically Wonderman without the superpowers.

  • Elizabeth Wells

    All we’ve learned from this is that Jon Stewart can kick Superman’s ass.

    Which is irrelevant because Jon Stewart can kick *anyone’s* ass.

  • Anonymous

    …if I was a Hollywood producer you’d be playing the Question in the upcoming movie, no doubt.