When the poster had been revealed for director Zack Snyder’s Justice League, 2 key heroes were missing. DC Comics’ premier team was founded by Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman and The Flash and they were seen in the Warner Bros. ensemble movie. Martian Manhunter was replaced by Teen Titan’s Cyborg in the 2011 relaunch the, New 52 and it left Green Lantern, Hal Jordan as the missing 7th member.
An early slogan, “Unite the Seven,” had left fans wondering whether, Jordan would show up and fill the League’s line-up. Despite Steppenwolf’s “No Lanterns” line in the trailers, which made a lot of ears perk up, the movie does not introduce the Green Lantern Corps in the DCEU. It depicts a couple of identified members of the intergalactic force taking a stand against Apokolips. While they are brief cameos, their presence provides context for how and why we must expect to see the arrival of Green Lanterns soon.
In his quest for the Mother Boxes, Steppenwolf attacked Themyscira and took the “living computers,” and this led to Queen Hippolyta sending a message to Wonder Woman of an impending invasion.
In the movie, as Diana explains to Batman about the history of the Mother Boxes, fans see a flashback of armies of Apokolips. Steppenwolf wants the 3 devices to terraform Earth and enslave the planet and turn its people into Parademons.
He is met by an alliance of the Amazons, Atlanteans, humans and the Green Lantern duo. The first one creates a fist construct and swats away Parademons and the second that looks like an alien falls to Steppenwolf’s ax. The ring flies off to find its next worthy bearer.
Considering that the battle took place 5,000 years ago, it is highly unlikely that the ring went to Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart or Guy Gardner. The one bearer who may be a perfect recipient is Abin Sur, an alien who had trained the notorious Green Lantern traitor, Sinestro, before crashing on Earth and passing his ring to Hal.
If it did go to Abin Sur, then this must give him time to learn from the ring about the history of the galaxy which includes what transpired on Earth. Sur, inspired by the resistance against Steppenwolf, particularly the humans who were not gods or super-powered may hold the planet in high regard and view it as a prime location to seek out his replacement when the time comes because he knows that humans, in the face of adversity, have heart, and can be as fearless as a Lantern must be.
The safety of the universe with the likes of Steppenwolf lurking may be what the fleeing ring transmits back to the Corps, kick-starting its inquest into Darkseid’s galactic tyranny and the New Gods in general. The Green Lantern Corps movie hints at a possible rebuilding of the Corps so that the DCEU can shape the Green Lanterns as investigators of Darkseid’s forces.
If Abin Sur is a casualty in the fight against Darkseid, what is for sure is that the fingers point to Earth as a place where the brave warriors are ready to stand up in the face of insurmountable odds. As Snyder’s movie dictates, whether it is humans or other godlike beings, there are many worthy candidates across the galaxy.