GREEN LANTERN that is heading to HBO Max has found its writers and showrunner. The superhero show will be written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE and Marc Guggenheim, co-creator of ARROW and a writer on the 2011 GREEN LANTERN movie.
The drama 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 (who was played by Mark Strong in the GREEN LANTERN movie) and Kilowog (who was voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan in the GREEN LANTERN movie), and will also introduce new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps.
Seth Grahame-Smith as at one point set to both write and direct THE FLASH film now being directed by Andy Muschietti. He will serve as writer and showrunner.
The project was first unveiled at the end of 2019 at the HBO Max WarnerMedia Day Presentation, where Greg Berlanti said that it would be “unlike anything seen on television”
Announcements as to whom will play the cast of intergalactic police officers have yet to be announced
We have been waiting for more information on the upcoming Greg Berlanti produced GREEN LANTERN series for HBO Max. Information more specifically as to which members of the Green Lantern corp, who would be starring in the series, plot and so much more. Thanks to the current Television Critics Association winter press tour we are not beginning to have some of the answers fall into place.
HBO Max’s head of originals, Sarah Aubrey, laid out a few details as to what the show in itself would be about. Aubrey says that the series “will span several decades and focus on origin stories and two major Green Lanterns on Earth.” It was also mentioned that it will feature Sinestro, a popular Green Lantern villain.
During the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday, Aubrey said they are in the “early stages of talking to him about.” She continued that it “will span several decades and focus on origin stories of two major Green Lanterns on earth.” She added it will also feature Sinestro, a major villain from the comics.
Sinestro is a former member of the Green Lantern corp. who eventually turns evil. He was played by Mark Strong in the 2009 DC movie that starred Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. Now the question which as of right now is up to interpretation is which Green Lantern members will be the focus.
There are many fans who would not mind seeing another iteration of Hal Jordan, possibly Jessica Cruz, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner and potentially John Stewart. Stewart has been a hot subject for many fans of Berlanti’s Arrowverse on the CW. The reason being many have been hoping to see John Diggle played by David Ramsey pick up the ring and become the guardian of Earth.
There have been many potential clues or Easter Eggs as to whether or not Diggle actually is John Stewart. clues such as his stepfather, Gen. Roy Stewart (played by Ernie Hudson) who was introduced in ARROW. Along with a reference in which Barry Allen from Earth-90 (played by John Wesley Shipp) looks at Diggle and mentions he does not have in ring on in the ELSEWORLDS crossover event.
Stay tuned for more information about this show as it develops.
Thanks to the r/Marvel Studios subreddit, a recent podcast that hosted Nicole Perman, one of the co-writers of the Captain Marvel script (along with Meg LeFauve) has been spreading like wildfire across social media (truly, there’s no hiding on the internet). Perlman actually started out at Marvel in their Writer’s Program and wrote the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy, which underwent an expansive rewrite after James Gunn was hired. Though she maintain a co-writer credit on that film, Gunn has previously gone on record as stating that he pretty much reworked all of the characters and most of the story and pretty much maintains that he’s the sole writer of the film that made it to theater screens. But unless history repeats itself and Marvel hires another writer-director for Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers’ origin film will be the undisputed work of a woman (or women if we’re being particular).
As for her guest spot on the podcast, Perlman disclosed that how Danvers acquires her abilities will differ from the “Kree radiation” origin of the ’60s. Caught in a blast from an exploding Kree machine, the Kree warrior Mar-Vell saves Danvers’ life by shielding her with his body only for the subsequent radiation to transfuse his Kree physiology into Danvers, giving her his superhuman abilities. In short, an alien comes to Earth and through extenuating circumstances, passes his abilities on to an unassuming human. At face value, that’s pretty similar to the origin story for Green Lantern Hal Jordan. According to Perlman that’s something that will need to be tweaked for the Captain Marvel film.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a project where I’ve been more mindful about the impact that it could have and the importance of it. She’s such an incredibly kick-ass character and Kelly Sue DeConnick did a great run with her story arc recently. But here’s the thing, if you were just going to do a straight adaptation of the comics, her origin story is very similar to Green Lantern. And obviously, that’s not what we want to do. There’s a lot of reinvention that needs to happen. And also, she’s her own person and she’s a great character. We have to be aware of what’s happened in other Marvel film and makes sure that her particular storyline is unique and fun and also fits in within this world that’s going on at the same time. It’s a little bit of an interesting story gauntlet. It’s been good to have a partner. It’s been an incredible experience. If we can pull it off it could be an incredibly important but also really fun and kick-ass superhero film.”
Based on Marvel Studios’ previous work, it’s probably safe to say that every comic book fan expected the origin to be changed, the question now is to what degree? What do you think is the best way to tweak Carol Danvers’ origin? Should they skip Mar-Vell’s introduction altogether? Let us know your opinions in the comment section below.
Captain Marvel will arrive in North American theaters on March 8, 2019.