Green Lantern isn’t the most popular superhero in the world. It probably not in the top 10. This isn’t surprising. For one thing, we didn’t even specify ‌which Green Lantern we’re talking about. The mythology, down to the name “Green Lantern,” is confusing because “Green Lantern” is more of a job title than a superhero alias. Hal Jordan, the most famous Lantern, wasn’t even the first. Alan Scott preceded him. There’s also John Stewart, Jessica Cruz, Guy Gardner and the thousands of other Green Lantern Corps members. Green Lantern doesn’t have that grab-an-issue ease of entry that makes Batman and Wonder Woman appealing. Absent from the current slate of DC movie titles, Green Lantern appears only as Easter eggs in Justice League and Man of Steel. Most blame a failed solo movie from the early-2010s for the Lantern’s disappearance. However, with a new TV series coming to HBO Max from the architects of the CW’s popular “Arrowverse,” there’s plenty to be excited about. But fans aren’t getting ahead of themselves. They’ve waited 80s years for a proper adaptation. They can wait-and-see a little longer.

Green Lantern is one of America’s oldest superheroes. DC Comics debuted the first iteration, railroad engineer Alan Scott, in All American Comics in 1940. His is a pretty basic early superhero story. Scott finds a magic lantern, which he fashions into a ring and uses its powers to fight crime. The catch is, he has to charge on the ring on the lantern every 24 hours. It was a modest yet short-lived success as the bottom dropped out of superhero comics within a decade. DC canceled the book 1949. Roughly 10 years later, writer Julius Schwartz revived Lantern with Hal Jordan. Much of the story was the same (magic ring with awful battery life), except Schwartz gave the book a harder science fiction slant. In Schwartz’s reboot, a dying alien gifts Jordan the magic ring, initiating him in the order of intergalactic space cops: “The Green Lantern Corps.” The science-fiction…

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