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Justice League Reveals Its Green Lantern’s Identity?

Fans may have identified the Green Lantern seen sacrificing his life at the beginning of the new Justice League film.

The theory was posted on Reddit by a user called StrandingDeath, who deduced that the fleeting shot was of a minor alien character named Yalan Gur.

Justice League features the formation of the titular superheroe team, made up of some of the biggest names in DC Comics. Traditionally, one of the founding members is Hal Jordan, who goes by the superhero name Green Lantern. (Green Lanterns are a corps of space police, so there are many at any one time.) He has not appeared in any of the other DC Extended Universe films, nor was he advertised, but many fans were hoping for a surprise reveal, especially since the tagline “Unite the Seven” was used in early marketing.

In the end, the team was only made up of the six members who were previously stated to appear—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg. However, early on the film discusses the first time that the villain, Steppenwolf, attacked Earth, and showed that a mysterious, unnamed Green Lanterns was ammong our planet’s defenders.

Since this scene is set in ancient times, it obviously is not meant to be Hal Jordan or any of the other well-known Green Lanterns; for that matter, the character in question does not seem to be human. His identity was a mystery that some fans naturally had to investigate.

Saying “In case there was still any doubt about who THAT was in the History Lesson…,” StrandingDeath posted some screenshots from the movie beside some images of the character from the comics. Though the Justice League version is shadowed and hard to see, he appears to fit the figure of Yalan Gur well: he seems to have a cape, has Yalan Gur’s sort of snoutlike face, pointed ears and so on.

Official word is that the Green Lantern in question is not supposed to be any character in particular. For that matter, it should be noted that in the comics, Yalan Gur lived in the tenth century C.E. and ultimately turned villainous; this version was alive thousands of years before that and died heroically against Steppenwolf. Nevertheless, it is likely that the character’s design could at least be an Easter egg, even if it’s not the “real” Yalan Gur.

The Atom Gets a Small Reference in “Justice League”

An Easter egg from the Justice League movie seems to indicate that the Atom, and specifically the Ryan Choi iteration of the character, exists in the DC Extended Universe.

The Easter egg, which can be viewed here, is quick and difficult to spot. As a computer lists the name of S.T.A.R. Labs employees, the name “Choi, Ryan” is visible.

The Atom is a more obscure set of characters in DC Comics’ large and impressive roster; ignoring the unrelated Golden Age version, the two main heroes to take this name are Ray Palmer and Ryan Choi, each of whom have a suit with the ability to shrink them down to microscopic size. Palmer invented this technology, while Choi took it up after Palmer went missing into other dimensions. (Comic books, right?)

Ray Palmer is probably the more famous version of the Atom, particularly since he appears in Legends of Tomorrow, a series in the popular “Arrowverse” franchise of TV shows. Until now, Choi has been absent from adaptations, save the Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon.

However, he has proven to be a popular character, and after controversially killing him off in the comics, DC Comics responded to criticism by reviving him and now has the two working together.

Could this indicate a plan to bring the Atom into the DCEU roster of superheroes sometime in the future? To be fair, Justice League is full of references, so perhaps this was just inserted as a quick wink at the fans. Then again, the LexCorp Tower and Wayne Enterprises satellites in Man of Steel turned out to be more than just Easter eggs, so who can say that Choi will not show up to save the day in a later film?

The Worrisome Justice League Photo

Fans are starting to grow a bit restless about the forthcoming Justice League film. Trailers and clips have been sparse. Recently, a photograph has been released showing Batman standing aside Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Cyborg. The photo tells very little and is intended to build up anticipation. Unfortunately, the photo is also building up a bit of frustration.

 

The main problem with the photo is it tells no one anything about the film. Reports about the film have been very weak. Supposedly, the project is a total mess. The delay of The Batman film is rumored to be connected to a host of problems with Justice League.

 

Fans should not get into a huge panic. Rumors about the film’s troubles remain rumors. Unfortunately, the poor quality of the previous three D.C. Extended Universe films have not exactly boosted expectations of quality. Warner and D.C. really bungled their superhero franchise. This does not mean the new films released under the D.C. hero banner are going to be automatic duds though.

 

The trouble is Warner and D.C. have done a lot to harm credibility. The release of such a generic photo seems as if there is something to hide.

 

What should D.C and Warner Bros. do to build up confidence in those fans who may be doubting the quality of the Justice League project? A really awesome teaser or trailer would help, but Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman had both. Everyone knows how the quality of both those projects turned out.

 

Maybe it would be a far better plan to release a solid new extended clip from the film. Debuting 10 or 15 minutes of uninterrupted footage at an upcoming comic convention would be a smart and strategic move. A lengthy visual snapshot of the film could tell the tale of the film’s quality.