Green Lantern has had many different nicknames, but the one given to him during his early adventures is too inappropriate for the DCEU.
the The Green Lantern is one of DC Comics’ most heralded heroes, with Hal Jordan having many different nicknames over his more than 60 years of existence. However, in one of his first Silver Age appearances, Jordan’s Green Lantern was given an unexpected nickname that’s far too inappropriate to appear in the DCEU, as he’s called the “Red Crusader.” Yes, he was really mentioned under the hilarious name.
Hal Jordan is the second Green Lantern to get his own solo series in the pages of DC Comics, following in the footsteps of Golden Age hero Alan Scott. First beginnings in Showcase #22 by Gil Kane and John Broome, Jordan’s Green Lantern quickly became a popular character, as the power ring-wielding member of the Green Lantern Corps would become a founding member of the Justice League. Although there have been many Green Lanterns since Jordan, as the universe surrounding the Corps has expanded greatly since its inception, Hal is often the first hero that comes to readers’ minds when they think to the role in the DC Universe.
In The Green Lantern #11 in DC Comics by John Broome, Gil Kane, Joe Giella, Gaspar Saladino, and Julius Schwartz, one of the main stories features Hal Jordan losing his Green Lantern ring, forcing the hero to act without it. Forced into action after catching a group of burglars breaking into a safe, Hal Jordan pursues them in costume. He punches one of the thieves, startling their accomplice, who is confused at not using his constructs. When Hal punches the villain, Hilariously, the text gives him the nickname “Horny Crusader.”
While Green Lantern is referred to as Emerald Gladiator earlier in the issue, which is a much more fitting moniker, the “excited crusader” doesn’t quite sound the same. Referring to a hero as “excited” might be in his time. Still, it seems far too inappropriate to be used again, especially in a modern context, since it has a double meaning that DC Comics would probably like to avoid.
Luckily, DC Comics didn’t continue to call the Green Lantern the “Red Crusader.” Hal Jordan’s nickname Green Lantern may not have had the same meaning when the publisher printed it six decades ago, but it’s hard to read it without laughing now. Ultimately, the “excited crusader” was a unique moniker, as it’s possible DC even realized at the time that it probably shouldn’t have been in print. Either way, the Emerald Knight/Gladiator sounds much better because green lantern most famous nickname.
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