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Green Lantern HBO Max series release date, cast and plot

The franchise-destroying Green Lantern movie may not have been a hit among comic book fans, but HBO Max is hoping its revival of the superhero in the form of a series will hit a different note.

News of a Green Lantern series first came in October 2019 during the HBO Max WarnerMedia Day, along with the confirmation that another DC comic book universe would also be coming to the streaming service in the form of Strange Adventures. Both are original series that are getting their first incarnations for the small screen, created exclusively for streaming on HBO Max rather than on Warner Bros. Digital Networks' platform DC Universe. 

During a January 2020 Television Critics Association panel (via Media Village), HBO Max's Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly and HBO Max's Head of Authentic Content material Sarah Aubrey shared a few updates on the Green Lantern series, teasing what fans can expect from the forthcoming comic adaptation. Here's what we know so far about the show.

What's the release date for the Green Lantern series?

Given that the Green Lantern series was first announced in October 2019 and was still in the very early stages of development at the time, fans shouldn't expect the series to premiere anytime soon. As of this writing, no one involved with the show has announced an official release date or even hinted at when it might premiere. 

HBO Max is set to launch in May 2020, but it's highly unlikely that the Green Lantern series will be a launch title for HBO Max considering that such a tight turnaround would basically be impossible. It feels more plausible to theorize that perhaps the show will begin production sometime in early 2020 at the soonest, wrap filming in the summer, and potentially premiere in the fall or winter. A late 2020 or early 2021 launch for the Green Lantern show seems most feasible.

Who's in the cast of the Green Lantern series?

The Green Lantern film released in 2011 saw Ryan Reynolds take on the titular role of Hal Jordan, an Earthbound member of the Green Lantern Corps, a coalition of beings from all over the universe who are equipped with rings possessing the collective green energy of the cosmos' willpower. Considering Reynolds' enjoyment in poking fun at the film (and his part in it) in his more recent role as Marvel Comics' anti-hero Deadpool, not to mention the fact that the actor is slated to star in the impending third Deadpool movie, it's not likely that he'll be returning for the Green Lantern series. So, if Hal Jordan is to be a main Green Lantern on the series, someone other than Reynolds will have to portray him.

No casting information has yet been revealed, but fans should expect a double announcement when the time comes. According to Sarah Aubrey (via Deadline), the series will "focus on two stories about Green Lanterns on Earth," meaning there will be two lead actors. Hal is widely considered by the younger generations to be the main Green Lantern, but he's certainly not the only one. There is also a third Lantern in space, Sinestro, who has been confirmed to be part of the series, so that's a third casting decision that needs to be made.

As to who the other main Green Lantern could be should Hal return, there are a few possibilities. John Stewart is the first black Green Lantern to have been written into the comic books, and actually took over from Hal as the main Lantern at one point. He was also the first Green Lantern that formed part of the Justice League in the comics. Two other possibilities if the series is going for glass-ceiling-breakers include Simon Baz, the first Arab-American Green Lantern, and Jessica Cruz, the most prominent female Green Lantern on Earth.

What's the plot of the Green Lantern series?

When the Green Lantern series was first announced, Greg Berlanti described the project as "what promises to be our biggest DC show ever made." He later dished on a few ore details, which Sarah Aubrey shared during the January 2020 TCA panel. The most interesting tidbit? The Green Lantern series will "span several decades" and go "into the Sinestro story."

With Green Lantern focusing on multiple Lanterns in the Corps and stretching across a massive chunk of time, there will probably be a confusing timeline for fans to try and wrap their heads around. There are nine different Lantern Corps, but the Green Lantern Corps (the most well-known of the nine) are the protectors of our and every other world, with each member tasked with protecting a different sector of the universe. 

A former Green Lantern Corps member, Sinestro was dismissed from the organization with an dishonorable discharge, and has since formed the Sinestro Corps, who do basically the exact opposite of the Green Lantern Corps. They seek to instill and rule by fear, using the yellow power ring as their source of strength. Sinestro is also the nemesis of Hal Jordan, becoming such after Hal was the one to bring about his fall from grace. That said, if Hal's Green Lantern is part of the upcoming series, some tension between the pair would certainly be written into the plot. In that case, the Green Lanterns may be fighting villains from both the outside and within.

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