Guy Gardner is finally getting his day.
Deadline reports American Horror Story veteran Finn Wittrock will star in HBO Max’s Green Lantern series as the fan-favorite Green Lantern. Created by John Broome and Gil Kane in 1968, the character really found his footing in the 1980s when he joined the cast of what is now referred to as Justice League International. Although he has appeared in animated adventures and a poorly made Justice League television pilot, the series will represent his first real starring role in live action.
In terms of the series, it will follow Alan Scott (yet to be cast) as an FBI agent who comes to possess a Green Latnern Ring. But it will also tell a parallel story of Guy and the half-alien Bree Jarta in 1984. Other Lanterns from the comics and wholly new characters will also debut. Wittrock’s Guy is described as a “hulking mass of masculinity” and “an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism.” At the same time, he is somehow likeable; the same knife’s edge he’s stood on for the last thirty-five years.
The program will be produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim — two writers of the infamous Green Lantern feature — and Seth Grahame-Smith, formerly of The Flash feature film. Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, David Madden and David Katzenberg are onboard as executive producers with Elizabeth Hunter and Sara Saedi as co-EPs. Green Lantern was one of the earliest projects announced for HBO Max and, seemingly, the group has taken its time to lock down the concept. Telling a story in the 40s and the 80s seems like a great way to illustrate the legacy aspect of the Green Lantern concept even as Guy’s story will like cover more of the scope. Also, with Alan now firmly established as a gay man, it will be interesting to see how having to be closeted will impact his choices and the way he goes about being a public superhero.
It is still unclear when the series will come to the service — we joked just the other day that there might be some announcement about the program during DC FanDome in October — but the beginning of casting suggests it will move into production sooner rather than later.