Ugh Hal Jordan is white! So that’s not whitewashing.
Hal Jordan is white, but the Green Lantern who is most familiar to the mass audiences that movies are supposedly trying to capture is John Stewart, pictured on the left.
Yeah. John Stewart has been the Green Lantern in pretty much every DCAU production. In making Hal the star of the movie, they pretty much did exactly what John has complained of in the comics - everyone deeming him the “Black one” and Hal the default GL.
Choosing Hal over John (and not putting him in a history montage or cameo) was very deliberate, and goes beyond wanting to do an origins story.
Whitewashing isn’t limited to making characters white, but also includes choosing whose stories get to be told.
Can I get an AMEN on this.
Because we’re talking about comics.
Comics with multiverses and multiple iterations of many of their flagship characters.
So…y’know “Well, he’s the white GL” doesn’t actually fly.
And the only way mainstream audiences would know who Hal Jordan was is if they watched old school Justice League or watched that “Once and a Future Thing” episode from Justice League Unlimited in which Hal and John switched places due to the time streams collapsing.
So yeah, don’t fuck with me on this. Hal is considered the “default” GL because he’s white but what everyone seems so keen on forgetting is that the Green Lantern is a GROUP and there are millions of stories they could have told (because John and Hal aren’t the only recognizable members of the GLC) but they chose to go with “Hal Jordan”…and even then they managed to botch it.
And there’s no way you can derail this discussion and try and make EXCUSES for whitewashing. Like…the fact that you are even trying makes it plaintively clear why posts like these need to exist and circulate.
Dropping a link to Racebending.com here.