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Monday
Jun042012

Learning to Love the Lantern Again


I'm pretty sure I've told y'all at some point or another that Green Lantern was a childhood favorite as superheroes go. I wore a Green Lantern t-shirt proudly. Before the shitty movie was a reality, that is. Recently I've taken to only wearing it on laundry days. My beloved worn shirt mutated into a Tee of Shame.

Last week, wanting something comfortable for a long days travel to Utah, I wore it. As I was walking through the Phoenix airport on layover an adorable little toddler pointed right at me while yanking on his father's pant leg and squealed: 

IT'S GWEEN LANTEUHN!"

I smiled and for the first time in ages didn't think 'Person on Street thinks I have terrible taste in movies!". I suddenly felt warmly toward the power ringed hero again.

I returned from Utah to discover that Green Lantern had come out of the closet (see liplock above). No, not Silver Age brunette Hal Jordan but Golden Age blonde lantern Alan Scott. He wears the ring in "Earth 2" a parallel universe. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with comic books, the ring of power changes owners periodically, and comic books are all fucked up with alternate realities anyways since heroes never age and their histories keep changing).

As much as a gay superhero movie would be a fun novelty, I hope they never make a Green Lantern sequel or reboot. Not that it wouldn't also be fun to see Ryan Reynolds making it with another man, even a ringed projection of another Green Lantern

Sorrry. My mind is its own power ring. It manifests my wishes...but even if Ryan Reynolds were Alan Scott and not Hal Jordan, if he's smart he'll never reprise the role.

On an unrelated but perfectly symmetrical note, please enjoy the awesome comic strip by the talented Anthony Holden which is embedded after the jump. It's a dance party!

"The Birthday Wish" © Anthony Holden

p.s. while we're on the topic of gay pride
p.p.s. while we're on the topic of my birthday
p.p.p.s. while we're on the topic of instant dance parties 

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Reader Comments (8)

"Gay Superhero Movie" reminds me of "Queer as Folk". Anyone watch that show back in the early 00's??

June 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin P.

A gay superhero movie would work as a low-budget art house title. It could also be for adults with an R rating having no concern for mainstream acceptance in a PG-13 compromise where an openly gay superhero character will be a tough pill to swallow for the non-art house crowd.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

I love that you have a tee of shame. Ha. Clothes are funny like that. I got a couple of them too... Glad yours could find its lost power...

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertimothy

This would be the only, and I mean the only, way I'd see Green Lantern 2.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYY!!!!!

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpencer

I must recognize I have a soft spot for Reynolds. I even saw that movie where he played a non-cgied homemade superhero to a Jeff Daniels in creative crisis. I
I'd love to see him go gay, but I suppose going gay in The Brown Bunny kind of way, it's not very likely to happen. That I would consider it brave in a straight actor playing gay. Though I don't think Ampas would agree with me.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Happy Birthday- and congratulations for such a cool website

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I don't care if they reboot the movie but I would still want Reynolds because I think he could do really well in that role.

June 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDestin
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