DC Comics broke some very progressive ground earlier this month when they announced that hero Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, is gay. Naturally, the news made international headlines and was met with a myriad of different reactions, from outpourings of support to those of outrage and misunderstanding.
When MTV News caught up with “Green Lantern” actress Blake Lively recently as she promoted her latest film, “Savages,” we asked for her thoughts on the subject, which was news to her.
“Cool!” Lively said, expressing her support for DC’s monumental decision. “Maybe he’ll get a multicolored costume and won’t be green anymore,” she added with a smile.
Lively brings up an excellent point: Not that the new writers or artists would ever completely do away with Lantern’s signature green suit, but we can hope that they might add a few pieces of flair.
“He’s going to be the leader of the team, this dynamic hero, he’ll do anything to save people, the bravest man on the planet. Why not just make him gay as well?” said new “Lantern” writer James Robinson in an interview with USA Today. “What I really want to do with this character is make the fact that he’s gay to be a part of who he is and not to be the one identifying aspect of him … and have his humor and his bravery be as much or more a part of him as his sexuality.”
Lively pointed out that Alan Scott is different from Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan from the 2011 movie and that the heroes come in all shapes and sizes. “There’s lots of Green Lanterns,” she said.
Robinson said this dynamic reimagining of Scott will eventually cross paths with Jordan, and they’ll have very different personalities and abilities. “When they’re firing their rings at the same time, you’ll be able to tell which energy is which,” he said. “That’s a very important thing so that it sets them apart.”
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