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Subj: Re: Was Clark kent Originally Chosen to ne Earth ne GL?
Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 at 11:56:00 am EDT (Viewed 962 times)
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Thougfht Superman was chosen by the ring first?

In Post Crisis, Clark was chosen by the ring first. But Abin Sur did not want a Kryptonian to have the ring, he wanted a human. So, the ring went out again and snagged Hal. In modern times, however, we don't know if this happened or not. It has neither been confirmed nor denied. So, we don't know. Since the modern Superman and Hal has kept most of their Post Crisis history, it's safe to assume this did happen. But again, we don't know for absolute certainty.

Side Note: Back in the late 80's, early 90's, Hal was dying and a number of successors were chosen to replace him. If I remember correctly, I think John Stewart and Guy were among that number (this was before either of them became GL's). But Clark Kent was also among that number as a potential replacement as well. So, that's twice that Clark could have potentially become a Green Lantern. Hal would dismiss the potential replacements and willed himself to stay alive. He was successful.

Side Note 2: Back when Superman lost his powers and the comics jumped to one year later, Hal offered Clark a power ring. Kent took it, used it to float up in the air but then returned it, saying he didn't wish to come out of retirement. So, once again, Superman could have become a GL but this time he outright refused. Geoff Johns wrote this story and I really wish he had explored Superman, who had no powers at that time, with a power ring. It would have been a neat story where Superman used the power ring to fight crime and what he could do with it. We also know it would have been temporary as Superman's powers would have returned and Clark would return the ring to Hal. But no, Johns didn't explore this. Talk about a missed opportunity. A huge one.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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