Bruce Timm acknowledged that John Stewart was chosen over the better known Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern and considered by many fans to be the definitive Green Lantern even though he was not the original bearer of the title (the original Green Lantern was Alan Scott from the Golden Age), and Kyle Rayner, who had been introduced in "Superman: The Animated Series" and was the current Green Lantern of the comic books at the time, because of a desire for more ethnic diversity, which Stewart filled due to his being African American. Timm has also stated that since Stewart wasn't as well known (the character had been introduced in the 1970s as Hal Jordan's backup Lantern and became a recurring character who even took over Hal's series in the 1980s when Hal resigned from the Green Lantern and later had his own series in the 1990s, "Green Lantern: Mosiac," but never quite caught on with fans, and had faded into obscurity for a time), that gave Timm and the writers more freedom to write for him without having to adhere as strictly to established comic book lore. Also, the producers thought that Stewart's originally belligerent personalty had more dramatic potential playing against the other characters. Additionally, Hal Jordan was technically dead at the time in comics (after descending into madness as the anti-hero Parallax, Jordan sacrificed himself to save the Earth from the Sun Eater in the "Final Night" storyline, which led to a tour of duty as the Specter), hence another reason for Jordan's not being the primary Green Lantern. Instead, he has a quick cameo in "The Once & Future Thing, Part 2". Ironically, the Justice League animated series sparked interest in Stewart's character among fans which the comics had not generated. This led to Stewart being brought back into mainstream DC comics as a recurring character who is now a regular duty Lantern of the reformed and expanded Green Lantern Corps and Hal Jordan's equal partner of their assigned space patrol sector of 2814, which includes Earth.