Green Lantern Corps: Reasons Why Jake Gyllenhaal Will Be Perfect For Hal Jordan

By Anshul Hardikar | 2 years ago
Green Lantern Corps: Reasons Why Jake Gyllenhaal Will Be Perfect For Hal Jordan
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Green Lantern Corps will be a part of the Justice League universe. This means that Green Lantern will be joining the team in near future. With actors still not confirmed for the role, there is one who could match perfectly for the role of Hal Jordan.

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the shortlisted actors that the studio is targeting. Following his approach toward every role he plays, here is why he will be perfect for the role of Hal.

Brilliant performer

In his recent roles, Jake has proven that he is a powerful performer. Each of his performances in Southpaw, Nightcrawler or End of Watch, have brought different facets of Jake on-screen. If he is considered for the role of Hal Jordan, he will not only get the superhero part correct but he will also accentuate the role with his performance.

Since Green Lantern is one hero that is in desperate need of revival on the big screen, the studio will not make any mistake by casting him.


Reports have suggested that the studio is looking to get an older Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps. If they get Tom Cruise for the part, he will look slightly older for it or if Armie Hammer is chosen, he will look slightly younger.

Jake is currently 36, which puts him in the right age bracket by the time the studio starts shooting for the movie. Since release date for the movie is said to be 2020, by 2019, Jake will still look correct for the part.

Fan cast

Over the last few months there have been many fan casts for the role of Green Lantern and each of these have considered Jake as one of the top choices.

Last year an outlet even carried out a poll to see which actor will fans choose for Hal Jordan. It all came down to Jake and Castle star Nathan Fillion. After a lot of voting, Jake emerged as the fans’ top choice for the role.


Another important requirement for an actor to play Hal would be to be in peak physical condition. Since superhero roles require every actor to get in shape because of all the stunts and action scenes incorporated, Jake’s built will be able to fit this criteria as well.

He built a jaw dropping physique for Southpaw and could do the same for Green Lantern. Also since Zack Snyder likes all his actors pretty much beefed up in the movies, Jake’s physique will be appropriate for the role.

On-screen equation

Green Lantern Corps is being described as Lethal Weapon in space. With two lanterns appearing in the movie, it would be important for the lead actors to have some sort of working equation to make the movie work.

Following reports that Trevante Rhodes could be rumored to be playing John Stewart, watching him and Jake together on-screen could be exciting. Also if this pair appears in the movie, it would also be exciting to see how their characters mingle on-screen.

Battle Hardened Hal

As mentioned earlier the studio is looking for an older Hal who will be a battle hardened Lantern. If Jake ends up playing this version of Hal, he will also prove to be a great mentor for the young John Stewart as he shows him the ropes of being a space cop.

Playing this kind of role would also give Jake an opportunity and a challenge to explore a role he has never taken on before.

Collider reported that Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the actors who has been shortlisted for the role of Hal Jordan. According to the outlet, if the studio is looking for a younger Hal than Jake or Armie Hammer would be great choices for the role.

It remains to be seen which actor gets chosen to play Green Lantern in the solo movie.

Green Lantern Corps is scheduled to release in 2020.


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About the author

Anshul studied Journalism and Broadcasting before venturing out in Online Media. He likes to read, write and travel when he is not working. He has been a full-time writer for MNG since May 2015.