by Ryan Rigley
There have been a number of huge DC character cameos throughout this season of “Arrow,” but none of which have had anything to do with Oliver Queen’s most trusted superhero partner: Hal Jordan, a.k.a. Green Lantern. However, with a recent statement from “Arrow” producer Marc Guggenheim, it seems like all of that is likely to change at some point in the not-too-distant future, starting with the Ferris Air jet logo from the “Green Lantern” film making an appearance in the season finale.
“I would never say never, it’s certainly something that we’ve talked about,” Guggenheim reveals in a recent interview with TV Guide. “As with all DC characters, we have to figure out a way for those characters to fit within our ’Arrow’ universe, but when you consider the importance that Hal Jordan plays in the Green Arrow comics, it’s certainly one of those names that we’ve discussed a great deal.” So how exactly would Hal Jordan play into the “Arrow” universe? Click past the jump to find out!
“Snowbirds Don’t Fly,” Green Lantern #85 (1971)
Arguably the most popular of all the Green Lantern/Green Arrow storylines, this issue finds Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen coming to the aid of Roy Harper in an attempt to bust open a ring of drug dealers. Later, however, it’s revealed that Roy Harper is a helpless junkie himself, much to the dismay of Oliver Queen. Now that Roy Harper has been introduced within the “Arrow” universe, we don’t see why this storyline wouldn’t be on the table.
“A Kind of Loving, A Way of Death!,” Green Lantern #78 (1970)
Guest starring Oliver Queen’s love interest, the Black Canary, “A Kind of Loving” takes on the then-topical issue of the Manson family murders. Whilse motorcycling through Washington State, Black Canary is kidnapped and brainwashed by a false prophet named Joshua and a gang armed to the teeth in preparation for the oncoming Race War. This forces Green Arrow and Green Lantern to work together in order to save her from the racist lunatics.
“Beware My Power!,” Green Lantern #87 (1971)
Again taking on the topic of racial discrimination, “Beware My Power!” features the first ever appearance of the African American Green Lantern: John Stewart. After Guy Gardner is severely injured in an accident, Hal Jordan must choose a replacement Green Lantern. At the same time, the Green Arrow becomes involved in a race riot in which a young boy is shot dead. This, in turn, influences Oliver Queen’s decision to run for mayor of Star City.
“This Is Now,” Green Lantern #42 (1993)
The return of the Oliver Queen/Hal Jordan partnership, Green Arrow and Green Lantern must team up in order to defeat a deadly intergalactic mercenary called Flicker. Together, they uncover the secret of the mysterious Crosswinds Corporations, which involves a castle and robots that look like people. While aliens and robots don’t initially sound like something that could exist within the “Arrow” universe, perhaps the rules will change once the Green Lantern comes to town.
“The Archer’s Quest,” Green Arrow #16-21 (2002)
Taking place after the resurrection of Oliver Queen, Green Arrow and his old sidekick Arsenal, formerly known as Speedy, set out on a cross-country road trip in search of Oliver’s old possessions. One of the most notable items on that list is the spare power ring given to Oliver by his friend, Hal Jordan. This story takes place directly before the events of “Green Lantern: Rebirth,” wherein Oliver Queen attempts to use the aforementioned power ring himself.
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