Good news for devotees of the late DC Universe streaming service….there will be more of the types of shows it specialized in for years to come. The latest was formally announced today by WB: a live-action Green Lantern series.
The Green Lantern Corps are an organization of space cops who are assigned rings that allow them to make glowing “constructs” to battle crime on their planets. Giant monster from outer space attacking cities? Make a giant green block and hit him with it, then rinse and repeat. Since it’s a big universe, there is more than one Lantern, and Earth itself has had several. So which ones will we get?
According to WB, the show will follow Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and Alan Scott. If those guys sound like outliers, they kind of are. The most popular Lanterns — Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner and John Stewart — apparently won’t be included in this, in theory because they are being saved for something larger (though the way the GL feature film bombed, we may be waiting for a while).
The Green Lantern series will be co-written and executive produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim. Guggenheim has been involved with a lot of DC TV projects including several of the CW shows and….uh, the aforementioned feature film. Now we’re not so sure about him. Grahame-Smith has written a lot of crazy things including The Lego Batman Movie, Pride Prejudice And Zombies, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He also served as producer on the recent IT movies.
The Green Lantern TV show is only just now getting underway and won’t be viewable for many months. If you’d like to see an episodic Green Lantern TV show NOW, there’s always 2012’s excellent Green Lantern: The Animated Series, available on HBO Max (and Blu-Ray through the Warner Archive). It only lasted one season, but it was quite an epic one. We hope this new proposed series can measure up.