Fans of Greg Berlanti‘s Arrowverse should be especially excited by the news that is coming out of the HBO Max press event. The showrunner who is behind hit CW DC shows like Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Batwoman will now be working on two new DC shows that will be available for streaming exclusively on HBO Max.
It’s been announced that Berlanti will be developing Green Lantern and Strange Adventures series, which will be among the many new titles featured on the streaming service. More on the report below.
Variety says that both Green Lantern and Strange Adventures are expected to go straight to series.
Strange Adventures is described as an anthology series that features DC heroes from across the universe. The show will be an hour-long drama, which will “explore close-ended stories about the intersecting lives of ordinary humans and superhumans.” Think of it as HBO Max’s answer to Disney+’s animated Marvel show What If…?, which will also be an anthology series but of a different sort as it will explore different what-if scenarios that could have happened in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There were no details made available about Green Lantern, but we know that WB has been trying to get something off of the ground ever since they tried to launch the DC Extended Universe. It remains to be seen if Berlanti’s Green Lantern will have any connection to the current Arrowverse, if it will be connected to WB’s relaunch of the DCEU, or if it will stand on its own. But it is expected to follow the same intergalactic police force premise that the title is based on. However, it is unclear if it will feature human heroes like Hal Jordan, Kyle Raner, Guy Garner, or John Stewart.
Here’s what Berlanti said:
“Both of these original DC properties we’ll be creating for HBO Max will be unlike anything seen on television. An anthology series of cautionary tales set in a world where superpowers exist, and, in what promises to be our biggest DC show ever made, we will be going to space with a Green Lantern television series, but I can’t reveal any more about that just yet.”
What’s been great about some of these shows in the Arrowverse is that each of them can use each hero’s extraordinary abilities and superpowers, while also staying grounded with a human story. And with Green Lantern possibly being set in space, it opens the door wide open for exciting possibilities.
But this isn’t the first time that Berlanti has taken a crack at Green Lantern. The showrunner wrote the script for the 2011 film starring Ryan Reynolds, which was seen as a major box office flop.
We’ll keep you up to date on both projects should new developments come in.