Greg Berlanti (Love Simon) is adding to his already impressive list of superhero TV shows with an upcoming Green Lantern series for HBO Max, and Deadline reports that one of the main characters will be Alan Scott, the original Golden Age Green Lantern, and a gay man.
The 10-episode show will be written by Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie) and Marc Guggenheim, who co-created Arrow with Berlanti and was a writer on the 2011 Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds — hopefully this series is more successful. Grahame-Smith will also serve as showrunner. The series will follow several Green Lanterns, who are a type of superpowered interstellar space cops, including Scott.
While the 2011 movie followed Hal Jordan, and the Justice League animated series had John Stewart, Alan Scott was actually the original Green Lantern, who debuted in the comics back in 1940. In the early 2000s, Scott was reintroduced into the modern comics world as a gay man.
Green Lantern will be one of two DC comics series on HBO Max. In the latest season of the networks Harley Quinn animated show, she and fellow villain Poison Ivy fell for each other and started dating. The DC Cinematic Universe also has a couple of queer heroes, including Renee Montoya, The Question, who was played by Rosie Perez in the film Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipatoin of One Harley Quinn. James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad also features the queer character Savant (played by Michael Rooker) as one of the anti heroes putting everything on the line.
DC live action TV is even gayer, with several queer and trans heroes in Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Black Lightning, Supergirl, and Arrow. There’s also of course Batwoman, the first lesbian hero to star in her own show. Berlanti, who is gay himself, also produces most of those shows.
In addition to Scott, the show will feature other Green Lanterns as well, including Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, Guy Gardener, Sinestro, and Killowag. HBO Max Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey said that the epic show will “span several decades” and “focus on two stories about Green Lanterns on Earth,” as well as exploring stories in space. It sounds like this is going to be one epic and gay adventure.