Justice League fans are finally getting to know the main villain of the film, but what if there's also a former hero on his team?
That's the premise of a new fan theory that's surfaced thanks to the Justice League toys. As seen in the trailers, Steppenwolf's main force is made up of Parademons, the relied upon army of choice for Darkseid. Most of the Parademons lack colorful characteristics, but one version stands out thanks to its green armor.
The Green Lanterns were mentioned in Steppenwolf's trailer narration, as he refers to Earth being ripe for the picking. Steppenwolf says "No protectors here. No Lanterns. No Kryptonian. This world will fall, like all the others."
So obviously there are already Lanterns in the universe, and there is typically one (if not multiple) Lanterns assigned to Earth's sector. So, what happened to Earth's Green Lantern, and how does Steppenwolf know he or she is not active?
According to a fan theory by DarkseidDescends, that new action figure provides a clue. What if Steppenwolf took out Earth's Lantern protector? Knowing him, it isn't hard to imagine he went one step further and turned Earth's Green Lantern into one of his Parademon soldiers.
The picture he posted shows the up close shot of the Parademon action figure alongside a mock-up of what a DCEU Green Lantern could look like, and it doesn't seem completely unfathomable. Granted, the GL here looks a lot like Sebastian Stan mind you, but that doesn't take away from the main point of the theory.
If this figure is one of many that look like it, perhaps Steppenwolf has been attacking the Green Lanterns as a whole, picking them off one by one and turning them into his soldiers. It would explain their lesser presence, and ultimately why they decide to help the Justice League take on Apokolips' forces (in future movies of course).
Hit the next slide for one additional theory that brings in Hal Jordan.
The second theory provided by Nerdinator2029 builds on this theory but adds one substantial scenario.
Odds are that Steppenwolf has been planning this attack for some time, biding his time until Earth was most vulnerable. So, it makes sense that he would seek out the most prominent threat first, and since he knows of the Lanterns they would be an obvious first choice.
The second theory envisions the Justice League fighting their way into Steppenwolf's ship. They discover a man in obvious pain attached to cables, which are drawing power from him. Unsure of how long he's been there, the League asks "what kind of a man could take that?"
Wonder Woman says "One with a mighty will", and frees the mysterious man, who turns out to be Hal Jordan. It would seem Steppenwolf took Earth's Lantern guardian off the board and used his power to his benefit. Now that Superman is "dead", the time to strike was too good to pass up.
Hit the next slide for what we know about Green Lantern in the DCEU.
So, not much is known about the Green Lantern side of the DCEU, but there are a few details out there.
According to an earlier report, there will be a Green Lantern presence in Justice League, but the character will not be human in nature. That crosses standbys like Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner off the board, but opens things up to plenty of other Alien Lantern members.
This theory was fed after the newest Comic-Con trailer, where a green light is seen in the reflection of Alfred's glass, especially when he says "He said you'd come. Now let's hope you're not too late." This could also be a reference to Superman of course, but the light is what charges the Lantern rumors.
According to Steppenwolf, the Green Lanterns already exist in the DCEU, and they will get their chance to shine in the Green Lantern Corps movie coming in 2020. As for that film, the project is being pitched as a Cosmic Buddy Cop movie with Jordan and Stewart as the leads, but nothing specific as far as plot or other characters is known yet.
Justice League currently enjoys a 4.19 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings, and you can submit your vote here. The official description is included below.
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.