HBO Max’s upcoming Green Lantern TV show is still moving forward as new reports reveal what has delayed production on the series for over two years. One of the most highly anticipated DC TV shows in the works is the live-action Green Lantern series from Arrowverse executive producer Greg Berlanti. After working on the 2011 Green Lantern movie, Berlanti is getting a new chance at bringing the Green Lantern Corps to life, but this time as a TV show, with showrunner Seth Grahame-Smith.
After being announced in development in October 2019, Green Lantern scored an official series pick-up by HBO Max for ten episodes in season 1. Rather than focus on just one member, the Green Lantern series will revolve around multiple iconic members of the DC organization, the Green Lantern Corp. Characters that have yet to be cast are Simon Baz, Jessica Cruz, Sinestro, Kilowog, and a new player named Bree Jarta. currently, Green Lantern stars Finn Wittrock as Guy Gardner and Jeremy Irvine as Alan Scott, as they were previously cast in 2021. However, there has been a lack of news for the DC TV drama despite having been in the works since 2019.
With all the significant changes and cutbacks at Warner Bros. Discovery, there has been concern that Green Lantern may have been quietly canceled, but that’s not the case. In a new report by The Hollywood Reporter, the trade reveals that the HBO Max drama is taking so long due to its massive, costly production demands. Given the major VFX work going into Green Lantern, “all involved are taking their time with the effects-heavy show in order to get it right.”
Given how many more characters they have left to cast and the 2024 release date, Green Lantern season 1 will likely, at this point, start shooting in 2023. Despite the understandable frustration among fans, Warner Bros. Discovery is doing the right thing by taking its time to get things right before rolling the cameras. Green Lantern is one of the biggest DC IPs they own, with a large legacy that can help the series span several seasons. It’s more interesting that there are updates on the HBO Max show while Warner Bros.’s in-development Green Lantern Corps movie hasn’t moved forward since its initial announcement almost eight years ago.
Marc Guggenheim, one of the writers on Green Lantern, confirmed recently that the season 1 finale script was being written back in June. Once the writing is completed, it might speed up the pace on the remaining BTS factors, such as completing the main cast and pre-production before filming kicks off. Even though Green Lantern has taken longer than many expected, it will be worth it in the long run to make these characters’ live-action treatment the best one possible. Unlike Berlanti’s other DC series on HBO Max, Strange Adventureswhich was recently canceled, Green Lantern will move forward and hopefully have more updates in months to come.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter