Trailer for the animated film “Green Lantern: Beware of My Power”

John Stewart Green Lantern with symbol and glowing green ring.  Image: screenshot from trailer

Last week, Warner Bros. Animation has released a trailer for its upcoming DC Comics animated film, and it’s none other than John Stewart in Green Lantern: Beware of my power. Similar to his origin story, Stewart (voiced by Aldis Hodge) faces military complications and is a discharged Navy sniper. Now back home, the iconic green ring presents itself to him, and with that comes the baggage of an alien villain hunting down anyone who wears the symbol.

When DC duo Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adam created Green Lantern John Stewart, they modeled it after famous Bahamian American actor Sir Sidney Poitier. His introduction to comics in The Green Lantern #87, in January 1972, made John Stewart one of DC Comics’ first black superheroes. Decades later, young me watching Warner Bros. Saturday morning cartoons would only grow up knowing John Stewart as the Green Lantern. In all of my SFF media as a kid, Stewart was one of the only black men to have a recurring presence, even though he wasn’t my favorite character on the show in particular. (Hawkgirl’s mace and wings looked too cool for me not to be younger than me to dislike Hawkgirl the most.)

Because I had watched Stewart on Static shockand Justice Leaguebut never Justice League Unlimitedit never really clicked that there was a full body until a decade later (with Distant Sector). I was in second grade when the now infamous Ryan Reynolds The Green Lantern the movie came out and didn’t know what a Hal Jordan was. The new trailer for DC’s animated movie has me super excited to not only see a fitting origin story, but to give a young generation of black and brown kids an introduction to my favorite Green Lantern.

Green Lantern: Beware of my power hits DVD/4K/BlueRay and digital (likely HBO Max) on July 26th.

(featured image: screenshot via IGN)

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