Green Lantern is coming to HBO Max. The next DC series on the streaming site will feature the stories of various members of the Corps as well as some new members of the ring-bearing group. But the two most famous lanterns will not be involved. And that could suggest Warner Bros. has big plans for her. According to Variety, the American horror story actor Finn Wittrock will play the “hyper patriot” Guy Gardner in the series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star Jeremy Irvine will play Alan Scott, one of the most prolific gay superheroes. Founded in 1940, it was the first to wear the Green Lantern mantle in the comics.
10 one-hour episodes make up the first season. First reports of a possible show based on the famous corps date back to October 2019. However, it was unclear exactly what that would look like. Now that the series officially goes into production, Warner Bros. has shared details on what fans can expect.
Green Lantern Corps in action
According to Variety, the show will “follow the adventures of a multitude of lanterns”. These include Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and Alan Scott. Scott’s involvement is particularly noteworthy. He was the first green lantern on earth and is gay in the comics. Other popular characters that viewers can expect to see include Sinestro and Kilowog. But the series will also introduce new members to the Green Lantern Corps.
Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Marc Guggenheim (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and: ahem: the Green Lantern 2011 movie with Ryan Reynolds) will co-write and executive the series Producer produce. Grahame-Smith will also act as the showrunner. Berlanti Productions will produce alongside Warner Bros. Television.
Green Lantern Corp. From DC Comics
There are, however, two notable exceptions to the list of announced green lanterns: Hal Jordan and John Stewart. Exclusions there are a strong indicator that both will be “saved” in the DCEU for future film appearances. (Possibly even in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Fans have long speculated that either of the two should be the seventh member of the superhero team.)
The story goes on
Not that the show has to be successful. There are many Lanterns stories worth telling, both on the big and small screen.
Featured image: Universal Pictures
Originally published October 9, 2020 with updates April 30, 2021.
Jeremy Irvine joins the cast of HBO Max’s GREEN LANTERN series, first appearing on Nerdist.