Lookout Green Lantern fans. HBO Max has just greenlit a brand new Green Lantern series from executive producers and co-writers Marc Guggenheim and Seth Grahame-Smith. According to Variety, Grahame-Smith is also set to serve as the show’s showrunner.
The project began development back in 2019, though HBO Max has finally committed to a plot synopsis. Thanks to a recent article over at Variety, we know that “The show will depict the adventures of 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.”
One thing that is quite interesting is that the synopsis does not mention anything about John Stewart of Hal Jordan. Over the years, fans of the Green Lantern have heard rumors surrounding the addition of the character to the DC Multiverse, otherwise known as the DCEU. Many believe that the original Justice League film had a version of the character thanks to Zack Snyder. As the four-part extended cut hits HBO Max in 2021, it won’t be long before we find out.
As of now, we know that HBO put out an order for ten episodes of the new Green Lantern television series.
You might recognize Grahame-Smith from Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows film or from his work on The Lego Batman Movie. Yes, he has quite a range of work under his belt as a novelist and screenwriter. As of now, Grahame-Smith is working on an R.L. Stine series for Disney+ known as Just Beyond.
Guggenheim, on the other hand, has quite a long history with characters from the DC Multiverse. Not only has he written a variety of comic books, but he has also worked as the showrunner and co-creator for the Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow series. Oh yea, he also wrote co-wrote the Green Lantern movie with Ryan Reynolds, which just goes to show that Hollywood forgets disasters pretty quickly.
What is important to note is that the Green Lantern project is only one of a range of direct-to-consumer streaming platform DC titles that Warner Media is working on. The Batman, a spin-off series centered around the police department in Gotham, is set to come out this next year. We are also awaiting The Suicide Squad, a spin-off led by John Cena that was written and directed by James Gunn. This particular series is set to come out in 2021.
For fans of the DC Multiverse, this next year could be a big one. We can only hope that it makes up for the many disastrous movies that DC comic books fans have had the displeasure of watching.
In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let all who worship evil’s might, Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!”