Among the many reveals announced today by WarnerMedia regarding HBO Max came the news that Greg Berlanti is developing a pair of DC Comics projects.
Berlanti is set to executive produce Strange Adventures, described as a one-hour DC superhero anthology drama featuring characters from across the DC canon and exploring close-ended stories about the intersecting lives of ordinary humans and superhumans, and Green Lantern, details under wraps.
Both projects are expected to go to series. Here’s what Berlanti said on the announcement:
“Both of these original DC properties we’ll be creating for HBO Max will be unlike anything seen on television. An anthology series of cautionary tales set in a world where superpowers exist, and, in what promises to be our biggest DC show ever made, we will be going to space with a Green Lantern television series, but I can’t reveal any more about that just yet.”
This is concerning news for the future of DC Universe, a streaming service dedicated to DC Comics. They were originally going to be the home for any streaming series featuring DC Comics characters. But earlier this year, HBO Max announced that they would be sharing Doom Patrol season 2 with DC Universe.
Add in the fact that Strange Adventures was originally in development at DC Universe before being moved to HBO Max, and it doesn’t look good for the service. Titans, Young Justice, Harley Quinn, and Stargirl are still originals set at DC Universe. However, I predict that within two years DC Universe will be folded into HBO Max.
Green Lantern was previously adapted into the 2011 film starring Ryan Reynolds. It bombed at the box office and shuttered DC’s first attempt at a shared universe. The post-credits scene was originally going to tease a film starring The Flash.
On the television side, Green Lantern has been teased numerous times throughout the Arrowverse. Most notably, it is all but confirmed that John Stewart Diggle is the future Green Lantern. All he needs is his ring.
I’m excited at the possibility of a police procedural set in space. It’s definitely an idea that hasn’t been beaten into the ground.
We’ll keep you updated on the series as they develop. HBO Max launches May 2020.
Are you excited for Green Lantern and Strange Adventures? Which Green Lantern do you want to see be the focus?