Green Lantern has received a 10-episode, straight-to-series order from HBO Max. Billed as a one-hour drama, Seth Grahame-Smith (IT, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will serve as showrunner and co-write with Marc Guggenheim. What’s most interesting, though, about today’s announcement from HBO Max is which famous Green Lantern Corps members will apparently not be on the show.
While it says the series “will depict the adventures of a multitude of Lanterns,” the official logline for Green Lantern makes no mention of iconic Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart:
“From HBO Max, DC, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television comes a bold adaptation of the iconic comic book franchise, a saga spanning decades and galaxies. GREEN LANTERN 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.”
While Sinestro and Kilowog are aliens, the rest of the listed protagonists are all Earthlings.
Alan Scott was actually the original Golden Age Green Lantern, while Guy Gardner was a 1980s creation known for his pugnacious personality and bowl cut hairdo.
More recent characters Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz will bring some diversity to the ranks as the first Latina and Muslim members of the Green Lantern Corps.
While not stated, it’s possible HBO Max’s parent company Warner Bros. are holding on to the DC characters of Hal Jordan and John Stewart for another Green Lantern feature film.
Green Lantern’s last big-screen outing was, of course, the 2011 disappointment starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. That movie also featured the characters of Sinestro and Kilowog.
Notably, before taking the reins of HBO Max’s Green Lantern, Seth Grahame-Smith was one of the directors attached to make The Flash movie.
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