Since his return from the dead over 15 years ago courtesy of writer Geoff Johns, Hal Jordan has regained his place as the premiere member of the Green Lantern Corps. So it’s a bit surprising that the HBO Max Green Lantern series is putting the other members of the Corps in the limelight, specifically Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, Sinestro, Killowog and Alan Scott. Unfortunately, it looks like Kyle Raynor and John Stewart didn’t make the cut.
The GL series will be helmed by executive producers and writers Seth Grahame-Smith, who will serve as showrunner, and Marc Guggenheim. Fans may will recall that Grahame-Smith was originally to make his directorial debut with The Flash film before those plans were scrapped. While Guggenheim may not have fond memories co-writing the critically panned 2011 Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds, it appears he’s ready to revisit the world of Green Lantern after the tremendous success he’s had with the Arrowverse on The CW.
From DC and HBO Max and Berlanti Productions 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 Killowog, as well as introduce new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps.
Green Lantern comes from executive producers and writers Seth Grahame-Smith, who will serve as showrunner, and Marc Guggenheim, along with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and David Madden. Many of these names should be familiar to DCTV fans, as Berlanti has overseen most of DC’s recent small screen offerings, including The CW’s beloved “Arrowverse,” as well as recent streaming hits Titans, Stargirl and Doom Patrol. Guggenheim and Schechter have both played key roles in many of those shows, including Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Batwoman, among others. Guggenheim also co-wrote the 2011 Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern movie along with Berlanti, Michael Green and Michael Goldenberg.
Green Lantern is the latest high profile DCTV series to be developed for HBO Max, coming on the heels of the recent announcements of Peacemaker, a James Gunn-written spinoff set in the universe of his 2021 movie The Suicide Squad, as well as an untitled Gotham City Police Department series from Matt Reeves and Boardwalk Empire’s Terrence Winter set in the universe of Reeve’s upcoming The Batman. All three shows will live on HBO Max alongside prior DC Universe shows like Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn and Titans, and previously aired network shows like Batwoman.