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2021-06-02

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¡¡¡¡Irvine announced on Instagram that he¡¯ll be starring in the new live-action TV series from HBO Max, which will portray the classic superhero as gay.

¡¡¡¡¡°Very excited to be joining the DC Universe!! Can¡¯t wait to get started,¡± Irvine wrote, adding the oath of the Lantern Corps: ¡°In brightest day, in blackest night/ No evil shall escape my sight/ Let those who worship evil¡¯s might/ Beware my power ¨C Green Lantern¡¯s light!¡±

¡¡¡¡The new series will mark the first time Green Lantern is depicted on-screen as gay. The show will open in 1941, with a closeted Alan Scott working as an FBI agent.

¡¡¡¡You might remember Jeremy Irvine from such films as War Horse and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, or if you¡¯re really unlucky, 2015¡¯s Stonewall.

¡¡¡¡The widely-loathed movie from director Roland Emmerich was slammed by critics and campaigners alike for its ¡°whitewashed, sex-shaming¡± portrayal of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which birthed the modern-day LGBT+ rights movement.

¡¡¡¡Queer veterans condemned the film for ¡°misrepresenting¡± history by framing the story around Danny, a fictional cis white man ¨C played by Irvine, a cis white man ¨C instead of the trans and queer revolutionaries that spearheaded the movement.

¡¡¡¡One scene even saw Irvine¡¯s character take the famous Stonewall brick from the hands of a queer person of colour and throw it himself to spark the riot, a perfect symbol of how the film sidelined Black and Brown people.

¡¡¡¡The backlash was worsened by Emmerich¡¯s fierce defence of his choice to diminish the contributions of real-life trans women, butch dykes, and drag queens of colour.

¡¡¡¡¡°You have to understand one thing: I didn¡¯t make this movie only for gay people, I made it also for straight people,¡± he said in a controversial Buzzfeed interview.

¡¡¡¡¡°I kind of found out, in the testing process, that actually, for straight people, [Danny] is a very easy in. Danny¡¯s very straight-acting. He gets mistreated because of that. [Straight audiences] can feel for him.¡±

¡¡¡¡Irvine also spoke in defence of the film, telling the The Daily Beast in 2017 it was something he was ¡°genuinely really proud of¡±.

¡¡¡¡He acknowledged the criticism but still managed to completely miss the point by suggesting that the controversy surrounding Stonewall actually helped educate audiences.

¡¡¡¡¡°I don¡¯t think any of us expected it to get the attention that it has,¡± he optimistically told the outlet. ¡°But now how many people have heard the name Marsha P Johnson, opposed to never having heard it before? Wow.

¡¡¡¡¡°I was out last night and had a few groups of people come up to me and wanted to talk about the film. They wanted to know if Marsha P Johnson was going to be a part of the movie and I was like, ¡®Yeah! But also, how cool that you are all talking about that.’¡±

¡¡¡¡Perhaps if filmmakers had followed this thought a little further they might¡¯ve been able to avoid the shocking nine per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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