The DC Universe is expanding again, this time to include the Guardians of the Universe as HBO Max officially greenlights a live action Green Lantern series. Although an announcement about the development of a Green Lantern series came last year, the official HBO Max order for 10 one-hour episodes is the confirmation fans have been waiting for.
In brightest day, in blackest night, no Green Lantern news shall escape my sight! Hour-long episodes, multiple Lanterns, and a story "spanning decades and galaxies." Get hyped! https://t.co/eBf0f1Z5wY
— HBO Max (@hbomax) October 9, 2020
With the official announcement, HBO also released a handful of plot details for the first time. According to these, the show will depict the adventures of a multitude of different Lanterns, including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, Alan Scott, and more, with most characters sticking closely to their comic book counterparts. This includes Alan Scott, Earth’s first Lantern, who true to his comic book self will be portrayed as a gay man. The series is also set to include fan favorite characters such as Sinestro and Kilowog, as well as introducing new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps.
We also know that the show is set to be co-written and executive produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim, with Grahame-Smith serving as showrunner. Fans are likely quite familiar with both of these names. Grahame-Smith should be familiar due to his onscreen writing credits, including The Lego Batman Movie and Dark Shadows, as well as for his popular novels Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Guggenheim is recognizable not only as a comic book writer, but as a screenwriter for multiple DC projects, both film and television. He co-created and served as showrunner on The CW favorites Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. He also co-wrote 2011’s Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds.
As the most recent of DC’s properties to appear on HBO Max, Green Lantern will be in good company when it does eventually arrive. Until then, watch this space for updates.