In my opinion, Hal Jordan is the most interesting Green Lantern. Yes, even more interesting than Kyle Rayner. However, I think the character has remained stagnant for a bit too long in his own book, without having gone through much character development in some time.
My idea for Hal doubles back a bit on some of the creative decisions that Geoff Johns has made during his run — instead of getting over the destruction of Old Coast City, Hal still occasionally finds himself feeling pretty torn up about it. I mean, really, it’s the biggest black spot on his career and to this day causes him a lot of pain.
But, being the character he is, he doesn’t let this pain consume him; he rather internalizes his grief, turning it into will. He won’t let something like that happen ever again — he must be better, so he will be better.
This portrayal of Jordan would stray quite far from the “wisecracking asshole” characterized by Johns, instead turning him into a much more mature, taciturn, and serious character. Not that he isn’t without a sense of dry, sarcastic wit, but he’s much more level-headed. I feel this would make him much more three-dimensional character, and alleviate some of the “deadpan snarker” syndrome given to him in recent years.
Basically, this characterization of Hal Jordan would make him a mashup of Han Solo and Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name. He’s a straight-talking, cynical bad-ass who speaks more through his heroic actions than his words.