This week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed that he was teaming up with DC on (most likely) a film project for 2014. The wrestler-turned-actor didn’t say which movie he was involved with, but speculation pointed to either a role in Batman vs. Superman (which shoots this year) or a return to the long in-development Lobo adaptation. Unsurprisingly, a slew of characters Johnson could play were mentioned – from Lobo, Black Adam and Lex Luthor to John Stewart, Cyborg (?!) and Doomsday. Now, a new rumor attempts to narrow that field down.
Think McFly Think owner Peter Georgiou shared a rumor on Twitter that he has heard through the grapevine, suggesting that Johnson could very well play Green Lantern Corps member John Stewart. “Rumor: I didn’t hear this directly, but it’s floating around behind the scenes in the industry: @TheRock is up for John Stewart. Shrugs.” He then goes on to say that he’s unsure whether this is for Batman vs. Superman or another Green Lantern solo film, and that he isn’t certain if this is true at all. As a result, it’d be best to take this with a major pinch of salt.
However, Johnson playing John Stewart is certainly believable. He possesses the physicality and appearance of the Green Lantern, and even hinted at playing the character (or at least some DC character) nearly two years ago. Plus, it’s a neat coincidence that Johnson is known for “saving” franchises after starring in the last two Fast & Furious installments and last year’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation; with 2011’s Green Lantern failing to spark a new franchise, you can certainly do worse than bring in The Rock for a major role. Not to mention that he has worked with new Wonder Woman Gal Gadot on two Fast & Furious movies. Batman vs. Superman is rumored to feature a slew of DC characters, and since he’s a key member of the Justice League, it wouldn’t be surprising for Green Lantern (either Hal Jordan or John Stewart) to make some kind of appearance.
Again, though, this should be taken strictly as a rumor. Johnson could be playing pretty much anyone in the DC Universe. Hopefully, an official announcement will come sooner than later.