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HBO Max lights up 'Green Lantern' series; will focus on Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and Alan Scott
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HBO Max has *ahem* green-lit 10 episodes of a TV series based on DC's Green Lantern comics, Variety confirmed today. The project already has two high-profile writers in Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow creator Marc Guggenheim. Greg Berlanti, another Arrowverse vet, is executive-producing.
According to the report, the plot will follow several members of the Green Lantern Corps, including: Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and Alan Scott (Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner must be M.I.A.). As in the comics, Scott, who was history's first Green Lantern, will be depicted as a gay man in the show. Cruz and Baz are among the freshest additions to the GL mythos, while Scott and Rayner date back to the 1940s and 1990s. Moreover, new heroes are set to be introduced alongside established favorites like Sinestro and Kilowog (two alien members of the Corps). The latter two were previously portrayed by Mark Strong and the late Michael Clarke Duncan respectively. Casting for the series has yet to take place.
The streaming project (first announced last October) marks DC's second stab at a live-action Green Lantern adaptation after the ill-fated movie starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan in 2011. In addition, a Green Lantern briefly showed up during a flashback sequence in 2017's Justice League.
HBO Max is also working on a pair comic book-inspired spinoffs based on Matt Reeves' The Batman (centered around the Gotham PD) and James Gunn's The Suicide Squad (centered around John Cena's Peacemaker). The current slate of original DC programming available on the Warner Media-owned subscription platform are: Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, and Titans.