Michael Green, who co-wrote the script for the 2011 film Green Lantern, he would personally choose Ricky White to play the character John Stewart in the upcoming unrelated DC Extended Universe film Green Lantern Corps.
Debuting in 1971, Stewart (who is in no way based on a certain comedic news anchor, despite the name) he was DC Comics’ first black superhero. He is one of multiple humans chosen to join the Green Lanterns, a group of interplanetary cops from all over the galaxy. He is generally more staid and thoughtful than his brasher co-workers, Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner, and more experienced than relative newcomers like Kyle Rayner.
While Hal Jordan is generally the most notable Green Lantern in the comics, many will be familiar with Stewart from his appearances on the popular cartoons Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
At this point, little is known about the upcoming Green Lantern Corps film; however, it is supposed to be about a team of Lanterns, so it would make since for Stewart to be a major character along with his fellow human colleagues.
The Green Lantern film from 2011, however, only used Jordan. Overall, the movie was not well-received, but Green, an aptly named writer for the project, says that he still has a good idea who could fill Stewart’s role in the upcoming DCEU entry.
“I’ll probably get angry texts if I don’t say what’s in my heart which is that Ricky Whittle would make a fantastic John Stewart.”
Whittle plays Shadow Moon in the TV series American Gods. He is a bit young to play Stewart, generally depicted in his forties or so, but could be a good choice if that detail is ignored.