June 17, 2011
Los Angeles - When "Green Lantern" - the latest in this summer's heavy slate of super-hero films - opens this weekend, fans of the lesser-known but iconic DC action figure are eager to see if he will catch on.
There is a certain irony in the emphasis on white, male power in the film, points out pop culture expert Rob Weiner, a humanities librarian at Texas Tech University. The larger Green Lantern universe does embrace a galaxy of aliens and multi-species cast of characters, "so if you are looking for real diversity it is actually there."
"Maybe they'll get to that in the sequel," he says.