In January 2015, Fast and Furious star Tyrese Gibson posted fan-art of himself as DC superhero Green Lantern. Captioning it: "Rumor has it that" – rumors sparked that the actor may have bagged a coveted role in Warner Brothers' DC Cinematic Universe. Over the following months, Gibson kept adding fuel to the fire by posting more fan-made Green Lantern artwork and cryptic messages.
In his latest interview with Larry King, the actor decided to set the record straight by stating that he has not been offered the role, yet. (via IGN)
While explaining how this online campaign of pitching himself as the Green Lantern started, Gibson said, "You know how they have fan-made kind of things online? A fan did this image of me as the Green Lantern. And I was like, 'Woah, that looks cool.' And I posted it on my Instagram, and it just went crazy — over 1,500 sites."
"...And it was just all of this buzz, and I was like I might as well run with this thing. And I did. Pissed the people off, a little bit, at Warner Brothers because they thought that I had convinced the world that I had landed the role, which I didn't. And I said, 'If you go down my timeline, at no point did I say the role is mine.' But, you know, there have been other artists, actors and actresses who have put up images of them as a comic book character and ended up landing a role. So I was like, it's worth giving it a shot."
He went on to reveal that even though he has not heard from Zack Snyder (director of 2013's Man of Steel), he has met Warner Bros. When asked if he thinks he's got a shot at landing the role, he said, "I do. I would love it. I've taken the oath. I would love to do it."
While WB has already confirmed that The Green Lantern is an integral part of the DC Extended Universe, the Justice League and Batman v Superman producer Charles Roven told Entertainment Weekly that the soonest fans will see Green Lantern back on the big screen is in 2019's Justice League: Part 2... or maybe even later.
"...There's the possibility that he may or may not be in Justice League 2," said Roven. "For now, we felt that we were introducing enough characters that the best possible place we could put Green Lantern is some introduction in Justice League 2, or barring that, a movie after."