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Justice League Green Lantern Actor Responds To Not Being in Snyder Cut


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With Zack Snyder's Justice League now streaming on HBO Max, actor Wayne T. Carr has talked about his work as John Stewart, aka Green Lantern, being cut from the film. Stewart was originally set to make his live-action debut in the final scene of the director's cut, though the studio ultimately turned down his inclusion in the film. It also would've marked the first proper introduction of an ongoing Green Lantern into the DC Extended Universe.

In April, production designer and concept artist Jojo Aguilar took to Twitter to share concept art he created for the film's depictions of a few key characters, the most notable for fans of which was that of Stewart's Green Lantern. Snyder would later confirm Carr was cast in the role after being referred to him by Cyborg performer Ray Fisher. Snyder also stated that, though the studio turned down the idea, he still shot the footage and included it in his original cut before WB asked him to remove it once again.

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In a new interview with LightCast (via Digital Spy), Carr revealed Snyder called him up to tell him they were going to shoot the material anyway and would see what the studio said. Joking that they shot it in "Driveway Studios," referring to filming it in Snyder's yard, Carr confirmed the filmmaker told him after his screening to execs that his performance would not be included in the film as they had other plans for Green Lantern. Despite his part being cut, Carr found the outpouring of love from viewers to be a true highlight of his career.

When I saw the full vision, I went through the journey like everybody went through the journey. Towards the end I realized, 'Ugh. I'm not a part of this. Darn.' The thing that kind of just warmed my heart was once all of the concept art and stuff started to drop, it's been nothing but love from the fans, man. Like, I wasn't even in the movie, and I'm just getting positive feedback from people and support. It's super crazy. It's absolutely crazy, but I love it.

The inclusion of Stewart's Green Lantern, or any Lantern, has been a major talking point amongst audiences ever since a glimpse of one was first caught in the theatrical cut of the superhero team-up. When the Snyder Cut was officially confirmed to be in development, theories commenced on how it would expand their role in the film, which ultimately showed both Green Lanterns meeting their demises in battles against the villainous Darkseid. In favor of Stewart's inclusion at the end of the film, Snyder included the scene with Harry Lennix's Martian Manhunter to close out the film.

Though the absence of Carr's Stewart from Zack Snyder's Justice League may be a disappointment to some, there's certainly a brighter day coming for the ring-bearing heroes in the DCEU future. A Green Lantern series from Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim is currently in the works at HBO Max to focus on multiple human Lanterns including Alan Scott, Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, and Simon Baz, as well as a Green Lantern Corps film, with Stewart expected to play a major role if it comes to pass.

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