At the start of the year, it was announced that a Green Lantern series was in the works at HBO Max. This was the first sign that the DC Universe streaming service was on its way out of producing original content (something that was confirmed recently).
Well, after almost a year in development, HBO Max has officially given the greenlight for 10 one-hour episodes of the Green Lantern Corps. Seth Grahame-Smith (The LEGO Batman Movie) will write and serve as showrunner, and Marc Guggenheim, who also co-wrote the 2011 movie’s screenplay, is on board as a writer.
Variety revealed that the series will follow “a multitude of Lanterns, including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and Alan Scott — Earth’s first Green Lantern, who, true to the comics, is a gay man — and many more. The series will also include fan favorites such as Sinestro and Kilowog, and will also introduce new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps.”
Interestingly enough, this suggests that the two most popular Green Lanterns—Hal Jordan and John Stewart—will be absent from the series, at least at the start. That’s not entirely surprising, as there’s a chance Warner Bros. wants to leave Hal Jordan to appear in the DC Extended Universe. Plus, the Arrowverse has sort of positioned its original character John Diggle to be its version of John Stewart (whether or not we see him becoming a Green Lantern hasn’t been confirmed yet).
Greg Berlanti, who helped write the screenplay for the 2011 movie, is producing the series for HBO Max. Berlanti is also the mastermind behind the Arrowverse, so there’s always the chance that Diggle will jump Earths to be apart of the Green Lantern show in future seasons.
There’s no word on when casting might start, but we’ll keep you posted.
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