DC’s ‘Green Lantern’: Who is Guy Gardner?

The Green Lantern Corps is one of many emotional spectrum corps that have protected the galaxy since they were formed over three billion years ago by the Guardians of the Universe. The Corp has known no prejudice, welcoming a variety of species and races, choosing only those with the greatest amount of willpower to fight and protect the universe from those who seek to spread fear, anger, and greed. The most notable of lanterns have become staples in the DC Universe and will return to live-action in HBO Max’s Green Lantern series, one that will span decades and focus on some of the most iconic corp members.

Guy Gardner: Why the Worst Green Lantern is Really the Best Green Lantern

First appearing in Green Lantern Vol 2 #59 in March of 1968, and created by Gil Kane and John Broome, Gardner was one of the first lanterns to be chosen in Sector 2814, after John Stewart. Gardner was chosen to join the corps based on the sheer amount of willpower he has, even if that willpower is shrouded behind him just being a straight-up ass. Never one to back down from a fight, Gardner is one of the most formidable and strongest warriors in the Green Lantern Corps. Guy’s origin was reinvented in the 2011 New 52 reboot where he was reimagined as an ex-cop of the Baltimore police department, earning his Green Lantern Ring after rushing to assist his brother who was pinned down in a shoot-out with a street gang. Gardner would’ve become a lantern sooner if he’d been closer to the crash site of Abin Sur, but the ring had found Hal first because he was closer. It was later revealed that Booster Gold had convinced Guy to visit his dying father in order to ensure that Jordan gained the lantern ring first.

Guy Gardner has already made his live-action debut, having previously been played by Matthew Settle in a proposed pilot for a Justice League of America show. There is currently no release date for the HBO Max series and will be played by Finn Wittrock.

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