People have been having an issue with the DCAU and Green Lantern since a GL first appeared in Superman TAS. I’ve enjoyed it all.
Superman TAS introduced us to the Green Lantern Corps. Searching around the internet, stopping at places like www.ToonZone.net , reveals that DC told the animators which GL to use. So the Superman TAS crew used Hal Jordan’s origin, Hal’s greatest enemy, and Hal’s hair color to make their Green Lantern a combination of Hal and Kyle Rayner, the current GL in the DC comic universe. To me, this was a great idea. A tribute to Hal and recognition of the current GL Kyle. They had given us both.
The Justice League series developers went a differnt way. They chose to feature John Stewart in the role of Green Lantern. We already know DC wouldn’t let them use Hal. Hal was dead. DC wouldn’t even let Alex Ross use Hal in Kingdom Come. Dead = no use. Once again, they mixed Hal’s histoy with John’s character, giving us a combination of both. The second full JL story, Blackest Night, taken from JLofA #140 and #141 during the late 70’s.
Then JLU gave us a time travel story where the universe was twisted inside out. It gave the creators a chance to slip in an alternate reality. They gave fans an easter egg. A glimpse. A treat. Hal Jordan himself as Green Lantern for a moment. It was cool.
Then there are the toys. John Stewart came as GL. Later on we got Kyle. The lack of Hal never bothered me. Why? Because to me animated Hal was already done in Kyle. In the DC Animated Universe, to me, they are the same character. As I explained above, animated Kyle has comic Hal’s origin. Animated Kyle fought comic Hal’s greatest enemy. In the animated DC universe they are merged. Until we get to that future/alternate time where Hal appears as himself. But the fact that this was an alternate universe and his screen time was minimal makes Hal as Green Lantern an anomaly. Hal’s just not that important in the DC Animated Universe. We do have a half dozen animated Green Lanterns: John, Kyle, Katma Tui, Tomar Re, Kilowog, Arkus Chummuck. And Sinestro.
Now Mattel offers us a Hal figure. The story still seems to be that Warner Brothers/DC will not allow Mattel to give us a Hal Jordan as Green Lantern figure. So Mattel gave us Hal as a pilot. We know he was a pilot in the DCAU because his name is scralled across the front of a plane in the Superman TAS episode. I think the figure is cool because the look is straight out of the JL:New Frontier movie. Plus Abin Sur from Superman TAS to add to our animated GL Corps. And we get Sinestro as a GL straight out of the upcoming Green Lantern:First Flight movie. On top of that the heads are swappable so we can make Hal as an unmasked Green Lantern.
This is really a very cool, very nice package. Thanks Mattel.
(DC Animation picture credits: World’s Finest on Line )
(Toy picture credits AFI and Ham Salad’s JLU Archive )
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