The Green Lantern on CW
Based on the fact that it does not look like that my favorite Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, will appear in the Green Lantern Corps movie (There used to be a rumor that Kyle will be in the movie, along with Hal and John, but it looks like the movie will be more of a buddy cop movie with Hal and John, no Kyle in sight), I have decided to try my hand at pitching a Green Lantern tv show, with him as the lead. This will include some of the important things of each season, and the characters and actors that I have chosen for each role. I also included one crossover villain that will play a part in the show later on, in a way.
I will only include the first four seasons, as that is how far I have gotten with this. The entire show takes place in a fictional version of Los Angeles, and, based on the fact that most DC shows are on there, it will be on the CW. It will be on the same Earth as Supergirl, which is where he first shows, without a Green Lantern ring, somewhere in a following season.
Warning, this is fairly long. And, if you want, tell me if you would watch this, or just what you think about it in general. Also, I did some edits after the season 2 finale of Supergirl, as you will see. I promise those are the only ones I will make.
Ryan Guzman as Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern/Ion/White Lantern: The main protagonist of the series. He works for Feast Magazine doing a bi-weekly comic strip, and does some freelance graphic art on the side whenever he needs a little extra cash. He becomes the only Green Lantern after a cataclysmic event killed all of the other lanterns. Without any formal training, he ends up having to have more on the job training, always finding new things that the ring allows him to do, and what he can’t do. He lives in an apartment with his girlfriend, Alexandra “Allie” DeWitt, in North Hollywood, where he was born and raised. He was raised by a single mother, and she raised him as an Irish Catholic. At first, he doesn’t really take his job as the Green Lantern all that seriously, but eventually he starts to mature and act more responsible when on the clock. However, that doesn’t stop him from having a bit of fun with his constructs every now and then.
He first shows up, without the ring, in a future episode of Supergirl, while looking for a job at CatCo Magazine. While he does not get it, he does bond with Kara and her friends. Since they are on the same Earth, crossovers between Supergirl and Green Lantern are very likely to happen.
He gets his ring, seemingly, by chance in the pilot. He is given his ring by Ganthet, who says the infamous words “You’ll do.” He eventually rebuilds the Corps, gains nigh-omnipotent powers as Ion (the original way. Pre-retcon), and then proves himself worthy of mastering the emotional spectrum as the White Lantern.
Nina Dobrev as Alexandra “Allie” DeWitt: Kyle’s girlfriend, who works as a photographer for a newspaper. She’s the voice of reason for Kyle, and one of the first people who said that he can be a real hero. While apprehensive of Kyle being a Green Lantern at first, due to her knowing how immature he can be, she eventually agrees to help him as much as she can, even helping him train and design his new uniform.
(Note: I decided to go with Allie to avoid confusion with the other well-known Alex on that Earth, Alex Danvers.)
(Spoiler alert! She dies in the second-to-last episode of the first season. She is murdered by Major Force in the apartment that she and Kyle share. While Nina does occasional appearances in one way or another, like an alternate Earth version of Allie, Black Lantern Allie, memory, etc., this version of the character stays dead.)
Kevin Bacon as Alan Scott/Golden Age Green Lantern: A retired superhero. Due to a fragment of the Starheart, a collection of all the stray mystical energies in the universe, that Alan forges into a ring, he has similar powers to a standard Green Lantern. Because of this, Alan was considered an honorary member of the Green Lantern Corps. He refuses to put his ring back on as he believes that part of his life is over, and that its time for a new hero, like Kyle, to shine. Alan acts as an unofficial mentor for Kyle, and is the one to inform him of what had happened to the other lanterns. He provides Kyle with more conventional training, and is a very “tough love” kind of teacher for him. He also attempts to imbue a sense of honor in Kyle, much like the one he has. Alan is seen by Kyle as a sort of father figure. He has been married twice, the first time ending in his wife, Rose Canton, killing herself. He has a daughter from that previous marriage, Jennifer-Lynn Hayden aka Jade, who was given up for adoption by his former wife out of fear that she will hurt the two of them because of a split personality that she had, Thorn, who wasn’t a very nice person. His current wife is Molly Mayne-Scott.
(Spolier alert: His wife, Molly, dies in front of him and Jennifer very early into season 3, by Parallax. Parallax kills Alan soon after, right in front of Jennifer and the rest of the team. Parallax’s reasoning for this is that he wanted to show that he doesn’t have a specific limitation that the Green Lantern Rings have; he can kill, whenever, whoever, and however he wants. He also does it to show that he has absolutely no qualms about doing it.)
John Cho as Andre Choi: The Art Director of Feast Magazine, and Kyle’s boss. He is initially unaware of his employee’s extracurricular activities, and as such is often left wondering why Kyle seems to be taking so long with his work when previously he could knock out an entire comic strip in very little time. He does care deeply about his employees, although he can come off as a bit of a condescending dick at times. He finds out about Kyle in the mid-season finale of season 2, and becomes a valuable member to the team.
Khylin Rhambo as Terry Berg: A junior in college and Kyle’s intern/assistant. He finds out about Kyle’s double life, and agrees to cover for him whenever Mr. Choi is looking for him. Once his reached puberty, he realized he is gay, but he stayed in the closet. He gets together with his classmate David O’Hara, but still did not come out to his parents. After having a chat with Kyle and David about it, he came out to his parents, both of them with him as he did it. It did not go well, but both Kyle’s and David’s support and understanding of Terry’s situation helped cement the brotherly bond that Terry has with Kyle, and the romantic one he has with David.
(Spoiler alert! Towards the end of season 2, he is the victim of a hate-crime by a group of thugs. He ends up having a broken right arm, both legs broken, left arm mangled, four broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. He survives, but decides that maybe it is for the best if he left Team Lantern, as he feels he does not really contribute as much as the rest of the group. He’s been having these thought for a while, and the rest of team understand and say their goodbyes. He and David promise not to tell anybody about the team’s secret identities. They leave after they finish school. Terry goes on to write a successful book about his trials and tribulations. He occasionally makes guest appearances to catch up with the team, either by himself or with David.)
Vanessa Hudgens as Jennifer-Lynn Hayden/Jade/Green Lantern:
After her birth mother, Rose Canton, gave her up for adoption, she was raised
by a nice couple from the suburbs, the Haydens. She eventually sought out her
birth parents, and found Alan Scott, who told her about her birth mother’s
suicide. She stayed in North Hollywood and got a job at Feast Magazine as a
photographer. Because of her father’s exposure to mystical energies, she
inherited some metahuman powers which also resembled those of the Green Lantern
Corps. She befriends Kyle and, using her metahuman powers, helps him whenever
she feels he needs it. She becomes close friends with Allie, and is devastated
by her death.She loses her metahuman powers in Season 2, but does go on to also
join the Green Lantern Corps. She begins to feel romantic feelings for Kyle,
but since he was Allie’s boyfriend, she initially feels guilty about it. After
some time, she and Kyle begin a romantic relationship.
Recurring Characters That Join The Main Cast In Following Seasons
Meaghan Rath as Arisia Rrab/Green Lantern: A former member of the Green Lantern Corps who was made powerless before the cataclysmic event that wiped out the rest of the Corps. She reached Earth and took up the alias of Cindy Simpson. She meets up with Kyle and his friends, and, while initially wary of being around them out of fear of what happened to the other lanterns, she comes around and becomes an invaluable ally to the team. Becomes a main cast member in season 2. Also, joins the Green Lantern Corps, again, when Kyle rebuilds it. She and Kyle are the “veterans” of the Corps. In season 3, Sodam Yat, a Daxamite, joins the team and she and him begin to have a romantic relationship.
(Edit: In my original pitch, they got together much sooner, but after the season 2 finale of Supergirl essentially making it that every Daxamite had to leave Earth or die from the lead in the atmosphere, Sodam Yat does not join the show until season 2. For an explanation as to why he can come back to Earth and not die, I suggest you look at his part.)
Rami Malek as Simon Baz/Green Lantern: Introduced in the second season as an engineering grad who found himself financially desperate after losing his job at a factory. He stole a car and was soon accused of being a terrorist because the car he stole had a bomb on board. After being arrested and interrogated, he was going to be sent to Guantanamo Bay, but a Green Lantern ring found its way to him. The ring transported him to Kyle’s apartment. Simon told his story to Kyle, and Kyle believed him. Calling in a favor from his father, he managed to get the charges on Simon dropped. Simon began training to be a Green Lantern soon after. He becomes a member of the main cast in season 3.
Lindsey Morgan as Jessica Cruz/Power Ring/Volthoom/Green Lantern: Introduced part-way through the second season as the unfortunate recipient of a magical ring, the Ring of Volthoom. A witness to the murder of her friends in the woods, she became traumatized. It was that trauma that led the ring to her. It forces her to accept, and begins to feed off her fear. It constantly takes over her body, forcing her to commit many crimes. She faces off with Kyle Rayner as she is under control of the ring, but he manages to get through to her, since he knows that she is not in control. She manages to fight the ring’s control long enough for Kyle to call in a friend who is very aware of magical objects, Aztek. They manage to de-power and remove the ring from Jessica, but she becomes further traumatized from her time as a “villain.” She develops an anxiety disorder. Towards the end of season 2, she is found worthy by a Green Lantern Ring. She accepts. She joins the main cast in season 3.
(Edit: In my original pitch, she was the last person, that would eventually join the main cast, to get a Green Lantern ring, but now after the season 2 finale of Supergirl, I had to make some adjustments. Now, the last person to get a Green Lantern ring is Sodam Yat. For an explanation as to why, see below.)
Keahu Kahuanui as Sodam Yat/Green Lantern: One of the Daxamites on the ships that Queen Rhea brought to Earth. He was always critical of the ways things operated on his planet. When the lead was released into the atmosphere in the season 2 finale of Supergirl, Sodam Yat had to leave Earth, but he did not follow the rest of his people. Instead, he hid away on Mars until he felt he could return to Earth. It is there where he meets Kyle Rayner, who went to Mars to recruit for the new Green Lantern Corps. Sodam Yat is found to be worthy to be a member of the Corps, but is hesitant to return to Earth. After finding out that Green Lantern rings offers some cellular regeneration, he accepts and goes with Kyle to get some training. Once he gets to Earth, he realizes that the only way that he can stay on Earth is to always keep his ring on, so that the ring can constantly be healing him from the lead exposure. He is incredibly gifted when it comes to matters of machines, and is genuinely interested in learning about Earth culture. He ends up having a romantic relationship with fellow Corps member, and his trainer, Arisia Rrab. He joins the main cast on season 3. He is the last person on the main cast to get a Green Lantern ring.
(Edit: In my original pitch, Sodam Yat was on the main cast since the first season, and actually got his ring pretty early in season 2. However, after the season 2 finale of Supergirl, I had to make some adjustments to the story. Now, he doesn’t show up until late season 2, and gets his Green Lantern ring after Jessica Cruz, who originally was the last one to get her ring.)
Important Recurring Characters
Lea Thompson as Maura Rayner: Kyle’s mother who quickly realized her son is flying around saving people. She raised him by herself after her husband, Aaron, left her and Kyle when Kyle was still young. She is a great support system for him, and greatly encouraged his love of art.
(Spoiler alert! She is diagnosed with cancer in season 3. While it looks like she is beating it, she dies in the first episode of season 4. Kyle uses his Ion powers to bring her back to life, but she convinces him to let her go. She tells him that she is ready to move on, and that she is proud of the man that he has become. Kyle undoes what he did, and allows her to move on “to a better place.” Distraught, Kyle goes to remove the power of Ion from himself, and inadvertently creates Oblivion while doing so.)
Kyra Sedgwick as Molly Mayne-Scott: Alan Scott’s wife and former adversary as Harlequin, although her crimes were more harmless fun and mostly for show. She has an altruistic streak, which lead her to joining forces with Alan Scott on many occasions. She quietly retired from her life of crime after working for the government on intelligence missions in exchange for amnesty. She attempts to have a good relationship with her stepdaughter, Jade, but at times comes on a bit too strong.
(Spoiler alert! You probably already know because of what happened with Alan Scott, but I’ll say it again. She dies, along with her husband, by the hands of Parallax in Season 3.)
Michael Trevino as Uno/Aztek: Uno is raised from childhood by a secret
organization named the Q Society, in Mexico, to be the champion of the Aztec
god Quetzalcoatl. His father, Emilio, was a member of the Q Society, and once
he died, the role of champion was passed on to Uno. He is given a magical suit
of armor that bestows many abilities upon him that complement his peak mental
and physical capabilities. He briefly meets Kyle when he first comes to
America. They form an alliance when battling a supervillain. He soon leaves to
Vanity City, a place in desperate need of a hero. He does reappear ever so often,
providing some magical assistance whenever called upon.
Demian Bichir as Aaron Rayner/Gabriel Vasquez: Kyle’s father, and
Maura’s ex-husband, who is introduced at the beginning of season 2. Born
Gabriel Vasquez, he eventually became CIA agent who was undercover as Aaron
Rayner when he met Kyle’s mother. He kept that part of his life secret from his
family. One day, in an attempt to keep them safe from his enemies, he walked
out on his family. He still kept tabs on them, and occasionally was there to witness
some of the major moments in his son’s life, albeit from a distance.
Aaron/Gabriel found himself face-to-face with his son, although Kyle did not
know this. After getting to know him a bit, he eventually told Kyle the truth.
It did not go over well with him. Kyle voiced his feelings about it, and
revealed that he was the reason that Kyle had many issues, such as abandonment
issues. Time passed, and things begin to get better between the two. Not
perfect, but better. Aaron/Gabriel begins to be more a part of his son’s life.
When Kyle tells him about being a Green Lantern, he acts surprised, but
secretly he knew. He managed to put two and two together before Kyle told him.
Michael Johnston as David O’Hara: Terry’s classmate and eventual boyfriend. While at first he did not think much of Terry, he soon became impressed with Terry’s newfound confidence. Much like Terry, he only recently came out of the closet, however, unlike Terry, when he told his parents, they were more supportive. He is Terry’s first real relationship, just like Terry is David’s. He grows close to Terry and all of the team, but remains unaware of what they do. Terry asks Kyle if it is ok to tell David about the team, and after some convincing from the rest of the team, Kyle agrees. David finds out towards the end of season 2.
(Note: I do not recall the actual David from the comics having a last name, and some research pretty much confirms that. This is why I gave him the name O’Hara.)
(Spoiler alert! David was going to find out earlier, but then Terry was attacked. Terry, while in the hospital, tells David about the team. When David and he finished college, they left town and promised to keep the team’s secret identities a secret. Terry became a writer and David became a police officer. They occasionally come back to visit, either by themselves or together.)
Liza Lapira/Tamlyn Tomita as Rose Canton/Thorn: Alan Scott’s first wife, and Jennifer’s mother, who took her own life. Also, Rose Canton’s villainous split personality.
(Note: The reason that there are two actresses for Rose/Thorn is because she is already dead, and she died in her early 30s, so we see Liza as her in the following scenarios: memory/flashback, dream/hallucination, time travel (either to the past or she is brought to the future), etc. An alternate Earth version of the character does appear, but, since in that Earth she is still alive and is now in her 50s, she is played by Tamyln Tomita.)
The Crime Syndicate are the villainous doppelgangers of the heroes, that will be the crossover villains for the first season of the show. But the one that I will focus on is…
Ryan Guzman as Kyle Vasquez/Power Ring/Volthoom: Kyle Rayner’s doppelganger who is under the influence of the Ring of Volthoom. He attempts to kill Allie DeWitt, but he is stopped by Kyle. They get into an intense battle, which ends when Volthoom takes over of Kyle Vasquez, gets the upper-hand, but is then shot by Allie in a split decision. The Ring of Volthoom leaves Vasquez when he dies, and searches for a new host, eventually finding Jessica Cruz in season 2.
Geno Segers as Clifford Zmeck/Major Force: A prisoner in a high security prison, and sentence to life in prison after several rape and murder charges. He gained powers as a product of a U.S. Federal Project headed by General Wade Eiling. Both he and Eiling eventually join The Quorum, a corrupt top secret government agency. He serves as a physical challenge to Kyle, since the experiments that Eiling had done to him gave him superhuman, strength, speed, endurance, stamina, invulnerability, and an array of other abilities. He kills Kyle’s girlfriend Allie in the second-to-last episode of the first season, and leaves a note challenging him to a fight. He and Kyle face-off, one-on-one, while Kyle is not in the right state of mind, which leads him to eventually putting Major Force in an electric chair construct. The reason he stops is because his friends show up and talk him down. Major Force is soon captured.
Clancy Brown as General Wade Eiling: Much like his Earth-1 counterpart, General Wade Eiling is a corrupt, ruthless military man who will do anything he feels necessary to reach his end goal, even subjecting people to gruesome experimentation in an attempt to give them powers, like he did with Major Force. A brilliant tactician who primarily works in the shadows from his high-up position in The Quorum, Eiling will offer Kyle and his friends a strenuous mental challenge. His one major flaw is overconfidence, which leads him to being captured in the second-to-last episode of the season. His last order was for Major Force to kill the Green Lantern’s girlfriend, which he gladly accepts.
Sam Witwer as Grayven: Darkseid’s youngest son, born to an unknown mother. His father views him as “not his real son,” that he is “just the outcome of one meaningless night with a women he can’t be bothered to remember.” Fueled by feelings of abandonment and resentment, Grayven leads a campaign of destruction against the cosmos. He eventually finds himself on Earth where he battles Kyle and the newly rebuilt Green Lantern Corps, but he proves capable of defeating any of them without breaking a sweat. He is the first true test of the Corps ability to function as a team.
Jensen Ackles as Parallax: The culprit of the mass murder, and near annihilation, of the Green Lantern Corps. He seeks out Kyle Rayner, and the rest of the Lanterns, to finish the job. He is the most powerful villain they have faced up to this point, with large-scale reality altering powers. Kyle has to become Ion, an equally powerful being, just to be able to stop him.
(Note: Yes, this is Hal Jordan. He has gone crazy and started calling himself Parallax, and refuses to call himself by his real name. The original version of the story. Pre-retcon. No fear-bug business here. It would never be outright stated, but it would be heavily implied. I just think this would be better, storytelling wise.)
Ryan Guzman as Oblivion: The physical manifestation of Kyle’s anxieties,
greed, rage, fears, doubts and darker impulses, that is created during the
process of getting rid of his Ion powers after the passing of his mother. He is
also a manifestation of Kyle’s newfound self-loathing, because he believes that
he is somehow responsible for all of the bad things that have happened to those
closest to him. It is that self-loathing that leads Oblivion to turn to the
dark side. His end game is to merge back with Kyle, this time with him in
control, in an attempt to “make things right.” Since he was created when Kyle
was still Ion, Oblivion retained a lot of that cosmic power. Only by becoming
the White Lantern was Kyle Rayner able to defeat his darker half.