It may seem like powerhouse writer/director/producer Greg Berlanti has his hands full of superheroes with shows like Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, but the Love, Simon director is now taking his act to HBO Max where he'll develop not one, but two new superhero TV shows for DC Comics: Strange Adventures and Green Lantern.
While Green Lantern is a familiar name thanks to decades as a popular character and a colossally bad movie starring Ryan Reynolds -- before the actor found his superhero footing as Deadpool, -- Strange Adventures is a bit more of an unknown property. In a press release Berlanti said that the anthology will be a "series of cautionary tales set in a world where superpowers exist." Sounds interesting.
Berlanti went on to say that Green Lantern will be "the biggest DC show ever made." This show actually sees a return to the character for Berlanti, as he co-produced and co-wrote the Ryan Reynolds film. Hopefully the second time is the charm!
It will be interesting to see how his style -- normally known for its camp, lightness and heart -- will translate to HBO. Will Green Lantern and Strange Adventures include any of the cheesiness that comes with Berlanti's Arrowverse shows for the CW?
More interesting to see will be which Green Lantern, or Green Lanterns, the series will star. Reynolds played Hal Jordan, the second Green Lantern of Earth, but more recently, the comics have focused on others, like Lebanese-American Simon Baz, latina Jessica Cruz, and African-American John Stewart.
In the press release, Berlanti also said that "we will be going to space with a Green Lantern series, but I can't reveal any more about that yet," so we're almost definitely going to get some of the more alien members of the Green Lantern Corps, who are essentially space cops, with different members protecting different sectors of outer space.
There isn't' a release date for these series yet, but they will both stream on the upcoming HBO streaming service, which doesn't launch until May 2020.
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