Jeremy Irvine was cast as Alan Scott on HBO Max’s Green Lantern series.
That news comes through Irvine’s own Instagram, where he posted a picture of himself alongside a picture of Alan Scott from a DC comic book. Perhaps best known as John Randolph Bentley in the Bourne TV series spin-off Treadstone, the actor said he was very excited to join the DC Universe, along with a quote familiar to every Green Lantern fan is.
“On the brightest day, on the blackest night, I shouldn’t miss anything bad,” says Irvine’s post, which is itself part of the Green Lantern Oath, popularized in DC comics. “Let those who worship the power of evil take care of my power – in the light of the Green Lantern!”
Alan Scott first appeared in All-American Comics # 16 as the first Green Lantern, and while the character grew in popularity in the decades following that debut, it was his rebranding in the 2010s that saw the character written as a gay superhero that came on the market gave him new fame.
This gay Alan Scott was from Earth-Two, but DC later retrospectively made the original Alan Scott gay as well, effectively making him the first gay superhero in DC comics.
Irvine will appear on the show with American horror story actor Finn Wittrock, recently cast as Guy Gardner, when it comes out.
The first season of Green Lantern will consist of 10 episodes, each one hour long. The show is set to reinvent DC property through “a story spanning decades and galaxies that begins with the very first Green Lantern on Earth in 1941,” presumably Irvine’s Alan Scott. The series is co-written and produced by Greg Berlanti, Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim. Grahame-Smith will be the showrunner.
While you wait for this show to hit HBO Max, check out all of the new DC movies and TV shows slated for 2021 and beyond, then read about how Grahame-Smith made his position as a director for the has given up the upcoming Flash film because of “creative differences”.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and tour guide for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.