I’ve got no respect for Tyrese Gibson.
He may or may not be playing John Stewart in the new Green Lantern movie. I don’t care. I remember what he did a few years ago with Image Comics, producing a comic entitled Mayhem.
I’ve always maintained that all it takes is money to produce a comic. Tyrese proved that with Mayhem. He used his fame to not only get a comic produced, but to get Image to publish it. I understand that not all stories are gems, but when you have a generic, gun-toting vigilante fighting a villain named Big X, there has to be a moment when someone thinks, “This is not good.”
But all it takes is money to produce a comic. Just because a comic is made and a celebrity is attached to it does not mean the book is of quality.
Tyrese Gibson made a book, dabbling in creating a comic, using nothing but his star power. Shameful, when that book is mediocre at best. And when the marketing director resigns over what he described as “snake-oil tactics,” what kind of book is being made?
And now, we’re supposed to be excited that he may be making a Green Lantern movie.
I’m not excited.
The coming DC Cinematic Universe is still in its infancy. We have an inkling as to what form it will take (doom and gloom if Man of Steel is anything to go by), but seeing Tyrese’s name in the credits doesn’t excite me. I’d rather see Idris Elba in the role. (Impossible, I know.) Chiwetel Ejiofor? (Again, impossible.) Columbus Short? (Too $hort.) Cuba Gooding Jr. would be a good fit. He needs work. Taye Diggs would work, too. Or an unknown. (Basically, someone with some height, a little bit of age for gravitas, and acting chops. This isn’t always easy to come by.)
My stance on this is simple: anyone but Tyrese. Let’s keep him as far away from comics as possible.