For years, DC fans have been clamoring for Green Lantern to be part of the DCEU franchise. Unfortunately, we never saw the hero become part of the Justice League, and, while Warner Bros. and DC were working on projects centering on the character, none of them came to fruition.
The last update that we've heard regarding a Green Lantern project is the Greg Berlanti-produced TV series that was in the works for HBO Max which has been in development for years and has already cast its lead actors to play two of the Green Lanterns.
As reported by Deadline, during yesterday's announcement regarding the first slate of the new DCU franchise, DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran revealed that they are working on a Green Lantern series titled Lanterns, replacing the Berlanti iteration that was in the works prior to their takeover.
The series, which is part of the DCU's first chapter, will center on the two well-known members of the Green Lantern Corps: Hal Jordan and John Stewart. The duo also revealed their take on the property will be inspired by True Detective, the acclaimed HBO anthology series.
"Our vision for this is True Detective. It’s terrestrial-based, it’s got two of our favorite Green Lanterns –Hal Jordan and John Stewart... it plays a really big role in the main story that we’re telling across our film and television. This is a very important show for us," Safran said.
However, the duo declined to reveal any details regarding the key creatives that they hired to pen the project or whether they have cast some actors to play the two leads.
It is certainly exciting to hear that the Green Lantern Corps is going to be part of the DCU and, unlike the previous projects that were in the works, it sounds like this will actually happen since this is considered "important" for the overall arc of the franchise.
It is curious to see what they have in store for this promising series and whether it will live up to the pitch that it will be a True Detective-esque project, which is a high bar in terms of television storytelling.