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Trivia / Blackest Night

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  • I Knew It!:
    • When the initial idea of the emotional spectrum was floated, with the Orange Ring belonging to "The greediest being in the universe," fans everywhere surmised "Lex Luthor". Then Agent Orange rolled around, and we met Larfleeze. Then came the end of issue #6.
    • Subverted when Sinestro became the first White Lantern. Played straight when Hal did it, too.
    • The two-page double spread in issue 8 has about a dozen of these, with Martian Manhunter and Aquaman taking center stage.
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    • The general consensus of fans was that Nekron would be the Big Bad, despite being a minor character with only three prior appearances. Fortunately, his arrival isn't treated like The Reveal.
  • Un-Canceled: The black rings even brought back old canceled comics! In January, old comics that were canceled were brought back for one issue for the Blackest Night. They include: The Atom & Hawkman, Catwoman, Phantom Stranger, The Power of Shazam!, Suicide Squad, The Question, Starman, and Weird Western Tales.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Director's Cut issue revealed that there were plans to turn Metamorpho and Kilowog into Black Lanterns as well, with designs by artist Joe Prado and a cover by Greg Horn featuring Kilowog that were ultimately scrapped. The Director's Cut issue also featured Black Lanterns of Kole, the Ten-Eyed Man, Sensei, and Crimson Fox, even though none of them appeared anywhere in the event's issues. A character design for Black Lantern Skyman (Sylvester Pemberton) by Joe Prado has also turned up online.
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    • There were scenes focusing on Ragman's cloak being besieged by rings, and the D-List villain group the Rainbow Raiders committing group suicide so they would "be on the winning team for once." However, the internal dialog by Hal and Barry indicated that the rings were only resurrecting people with close personal ties to the heroes and villains, and since the Raiders never made an impact on any hero, their bodies are pitifully left alone. These were later finished and included in Untold Tales Of Blackest Night.
    • Far from being a Crisis Crossover event, Blackest Night was originally conceived as a Bat Family Crossover between the Green Lantern books and a handful of tie-ins with space-based heroes. Recurring Green Lantern villain Evil Star presumably would have been involved, as had been foreshadowed, and would have happened concurrently with the War of Light prophesied at the end of the Sinestro Corps War.
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    • Artist Ethan Van Sciver, who did Green Lantern: Rebirth with Geoff Johns and designed the Black Lanterns, revealed in his Youtube channel that he and Johns had been wanting to bring back Barry Allen since they were planning Blackest Night. Before editorial approved Flash: Rebirth, Sciver said it was "quite possible" that Johns would have brought back Barry as one of the main Black Lanterns.

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