DC comic series `Green Lantern` to feature 1st ever Arab-Muslim superhero
Washington: DC Comics ‘Green Lantern’ has added a new Arab-Muslim to their ranks, and the company’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns has drawn from his own life to find inspiration for the character.
Simon Baz is the first Arab-Muslim to wear a ‘Green Lantern’ ring, and Johns knew plenty from his own life as an Arab-American to be able to create a believable character.
“I thought a lot about it - I thought back to what was familiar to me. This is such a personal story,” a website has quoted Johns as saying.
Johns’ plans for Baz are that he’ll join the Justice League of America, one of DC Comics most prominent issues, to fight alongside illustrious names like Green Arrow, Catwoman and Hawkman.
As to the background of the character, Johns is apparently keen to show the effect that the New York terrorist attacks of 9/11 had on the Arab community of America - and Baz’s family were apparently given no little grief and prejudice in spite of their complete detachment from the events.
“He’s not a perfect character. He’s made some mistakes in his life, but that makes him more compelling and relatable,” he said.
“Hopefully it’s a compelling character regardless of culture or ethnic background. ... But I think it’s great to have an Arab-American superhero. This was opportunity and a chance to really go for it,” Johns added.