|Title/Rank:||Captain, Green Lantern|
|Location:||Coast City, California|
|Relationships:||Carol Ferris (love interest), Martin and Jessica Jordan (parents), Helen Jordan (niece), Jim Jordan (brother), Jack Jordan (brother)|
|Fandom:||Green Lantern, Justice League, DC Comics|
|Other:||appearance reportedly based on Paul Newman|
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Hal Jordan first appeared in Showcase #22 (October 1959) by writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane.
Hal Jordan becomes the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 after Abin Sur's death. Originally, he's a USAF captain who later becomes a test pilot stationed in Coast City. His initial brashness and defiance does not mix well with how the Green Lantern Corps is run at the time but he proves his usefulness to the Corps over the years. His relationship with his mentor and superior, Thaal Sinestro, is fraught with conflict that eventually leads to a fall-out and Sinestro becoming his sworn (albeit still secretly respected) enemy.
Hal's religion was a subject of debate for decades in the Green Lantern fandom. Most writers generally defaulted to portraying him as a not particularly religious Christian while other writers included references to his Jewishness. It wasn't until 2016 when writer Tom King addressed the issue in Darkseid War: Green Lantern and made it canon that Hal's mother was Jewish while his father was Catholic, thereby answering the question without explicit retcons.
What's more interesting though is the fans' involvement in the decision. As Tom King explained it to the Jewish Standard:
This was a story about God and will power, so prior to getting started, I researched the seemingly simple question of what was Green Lantern’s religion. There were quite a few (conflicting) answers, but I found some compelling blogs that argued that he was half Catholic and half Jewish, though this had never been explicitly stated. [...] I wrote this origin into the script and I never heard another word about it from editorial. I’m insanely proud that I got to add this to Hal’s legacy, though I think it’s important to note that the idea itself comes from the character’s history as culled together by his fans.Tom King, Jewish Standard, 2016
Hal has been featured as the lead in various adaptations such as Green Lantern: TAS, Green Lantern: First Flight, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, and Green Lantern (2011). He also appeared in Young Justice, Super Friends, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Super Hero Girls, Justice League Action,
Hal is set to appear an upcoming film in Green Lantern Corps (2020), set to be part of the DC Extended Universe.
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- Hal Jordan works at FFN (Green Lantern: TAS)
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