‘Green Lantern’ Series ON HBO Max Loses Writer/Showrunner; Changes Focus to John Stewart
After hiring Seth Grahame-Smith to be the showrunner for Green Lantern, the Greg Berlanti-produced show is changing things around, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show was announced in 2019 and had an eight-episode season written by Grahame-Smith. That has been scrapped as the show switches from using Alan Scott and Guy Gardener to using one of DC’s first black superheroes, John Stewart. He was also the Green Lantern in the Justice League animated TV show in the early 2000s.
John Stewart debuted in DC Comics in the 1970s. He was created in the image of Sidney Portier and became a fan favorite over time. His first appearance was in Green Lantern Vol 2 #87 in 1971. Stewart was originally an architect from Detroit, Michigan, that Hal Jordan chose to be the next Green Lantern. Later, he was retconned to be a U.S. Marine Veteran.
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Grahame-Smith is leaving the project after yet another massive overhaul at Warner Bros. They’ve merged with Discovery to form Warner Bros Discovery, and President David Zaslav has been cutting costs left and right. He’s also let former DC head Walter Hamada go and brought in James Gunn and Peter Safran in a Kevin Feige type role, but this show has nothing to do with them as they do not start their roles until November 1st.
The show did have actors Finn Wittrock and Jeremy Irvine set to star, but they are no longer attached to the show. The budget has also been cut as well. It was said to have a larger budget than the HBO Max original House of the Dragon. The show overhaul is something we haven’t seen in quite some time. Green Lantern was going to feature many Green Lanterns and heroes we hadn’t seen yet onscreen, but that is no longer the case. No new showrunner or screenwriter has been announced yet.
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Ryan Reynolds, who played the protagonist, famously hated the movie. He has admitted to having a poor working relationship with the director and was glad to see the film perform poorly critically and financially, as he did not wish to reprise his role as the Green Lantern. In his later movie Deadpool (2016), he references the Green Lantern in a negative way when he requests a suit that is neither green nor animated while being rolled into the medical room on a gurney; in the sequel Deadpool 2 (2018), he goes back into time, preventing himself from ever taking the Green Lantern role.