DC’s ‘Green Lantern’: Who is Kilowog?
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.
First appearing in Green Lantern Corps #201 in 1986 and created by Steve Englehart and Joe Stanton, Kilowog is regarded as one of the best trainers and recruiters in the Green Lantern Corps. Kilowog is from the planet Bolovax Vik, an widely overpopulated planet, possibly one of the most populate planets in the galaxy, with over sixteen billion inhabitants. Kilowog was regarded as one of the brightest minds on the planet and was an incredibly successful geneticist. Kilowog gained his ring after the previous Bolovaxian lantern was killed in combat; knowing this would mean he’d have to leave Bolovax, Kilowog accepted this honorable chance. Kilowog is also the last of his kind. During the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, Bolovax Vik was destroyed but its inhabitants were saved by Kilowog, who was able to, with the sheer amount of willpower within him, store them within his ring and move them to another planet. This wouldn’t last long as Sinestro would go on to destroy the planet that Kilowog had found as refuge for his people. Another fun fact about Kilowog is that he is a communist, when he was assigned to earth spent his first few months there within the Soviet Union as they were the only place on earth practicing a similar way of life to that of Bolovax Vik.
Kilowog will make another live action appearance in the HBO Max Green Lantern series, having previously played a supporting role in the 2011 mega bomb Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds. The series currently has no set release date and no casting has yet to be made.