10 Latinas Who Could Play Jessica Cruz in 'The Green Lantern'

Ever since DC Comics and Warner Bros. confirmed that a Green Lantern reboot was in the works and slated for a 2020 release, comic book fans have speculated that the film will be centered on Latina superhero Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz, rather than previous bearers of the Power Ring like Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and John Stewart. Should the rumors be true, Latinas (and women everywhere) will rejoice since the superhero universe is in dire need of some estrogen — and not in the form of a beguiling vixen, a damsel in distress, or a feisty love interest, but as a true crime fighter and powerhouse.

With that said, here are 10 Latinas we think are more than worthy of being anointed as Power Ring bearers:

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1. Rosario Dawson

Not only does Rosario Dawson have plenty of experience playing tough-as-nails women, but she’s a complete comic book fanatic. In 2006, she teamed up with illustrator Tony Shasteen and writer David Atchison to bring to life her four-issue graphic novel series, O.C.T: Occult Crimes Taskforce. Her passion has translated into her acting, starring as ruthless enforcer Gail in Sin City. When news emerged of Dawson being cast in Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series, fans assumed she’d play a major superhero or villain, with some speculating that she’d portray deadly ninja Elektra. As it turns out, Dawson will play Claire Temple, Luke Cage’s love interest. It should make for fun viewing, but wouldn’t it be even better to see Dawson shine as a true crime-fighting phenom rather than the hero’s girlfriend?

2. Gina Rodriguez

Thanks to her charisma and inherent likeability, Gina Rodriguez managed to make Jane the Virgin’s wacky premise — a 20-something virgin being artificially inseminated by accident during a routine OB-GYN visit — seem entirely plausible. The star recently told E! News that her dream role would be to play a superhero, so we say it’s time she scratches that off her bucket list!

3. Monica Raymund

Monica Raymund has always gravitated towards roles that exuded strength — from her work as deception expert Ria Torres in FOX’s Lie To Me to her turn as stern prosecutor Dana Lodge in CBS’s The Good Wife, and her portrayal of paramedic-turned-firefighter-candidate Gabriela Dawson in Chicago Fire. In the pilot episode of Chicago Fire, Dawson violated protocol by performing a dangerous procedure on a patient, opening herself up to legal trouble. When reprimanded, Dawson said, ”If saving a girl’s life is a crime, then the wrong people are making the rules around here.” Doesn’t that just sound like something a superhero would say?

4. Diane Guerrero

In Orange is the New Black, Diane Guerrero plays the feisty, sharp-tongued, quick-tempered Maritza Ramos. Given that Guerrero has already played a woman imprisoned and subjected to subhuman conditions, she’d be able to convey in a convincing and compelling manner the desperation Jessica Cruz felt when, after witnessing a brutal murder, she confined herself to her room for four long years.

5. Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi dove right into her role as Sameen Shaw in Person of Interest, refining her marksmanship heels and taking a crash course in martial arts (even though she already has a brown belt in karate!) to play the ruthless covert officer. Given how effective she was at transforming herself into the ultimate killing machine for the series, we can only imagine how well Shahi would fare as Jessica Cruz, overcoming her fear of the Ring of Volthoom and learning how to control it, eventually earning her way into the Justice League as a Green Lantern.

6. Natalie Martinez

Natalie Martinez recently landed the lead role in NBC’s upcoming martial arts drama Warrior, where she’ll most certainly be kicking tail and taking names. This comes as no surprise given that the Cuban American has always shown a great interest in physically challenging activities like boxing, muay thai, and hiking. So why not have her play a crime fighter in cape?

7. Alexa PenaVega

This wouldn't be Alexa PenaVega’s first foray into the fantasy-action adventure genre! After all, the Miami-born Colombiana first made a splash as Carmen Cortez in Robert Rodriguez’s 2001 film Spy Kids. While shooting all three films, Vega performed most of her stunts, so she’d likely pounce at the chance to don a cooler-looking, grown-up superhero suit up for a blockbuster flick!

8. Dania Ramirez

As Maya Herrera on Heroes, Dania Ramirez played a woman who possessed a fatal power  — her eyes would shed black tears that managed to kill anyone within her vicinity — and who wished to better understand and control this ability. Similarly, Jessica Cruz initially struggles to control the Power Ring. In fact, her fear and anxiety initially allows the ring to control her and it’s only thanks to the help of Batman that she eventually learns how to overcome its influence and use it for good, rather than evil.

9. Chloe Bridges

Chloe Bridges has played a lot of “mean girls” — Carrie Bradshaw’s nemesis Donna LaDonna in The Carrie Diaries and the possibly treacherous, two-faced Sydney Driscoll in Pretty Little Liars —but in real life, she is a sweetheart (and says she was a “super nerd” in school!). We know this Latina has plenty of range as an actress, and it would be refreshing to see her in a role where she’s eliminating, rather than creating, chaos!

10. Daniella Alonso

As Nora Layton, a key member of the rebel movement in NBC’s Revolution, Daniella Alonso wielded brass-knuckled swords and assault rifles with panache — all in hopes of restoring power to the Earth and, in the process, rescue its inhabitants from the oppression suffered at the hands of the totalist militia government. Given how safe we felt under he watch in a post-apocalyptic setting, it’s safe to say we’d entrust her with the Green Power Ring.