4:09pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Green Lantern' TV Series Among Pair of Greg Berlanti DC Dramas Set at HBO Max
Greg Berlanti continues to add to his record-breaking TV series tally.
The prolific producer behind The CW's rapidly expanding Arrow-verse has set two DC Comics-inspired series at HBO Max, including a new take on Green Lantern and the anthology Strange Adventures.
"Both of these original DC properties we’ll be creating for HBO Max will be unlike anything seen on television,” Berlanti, who now has 21 live-action scripted originals across seven outlets, said Tuesday in a statement. "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."
This is Berlanti's second swing at the world of Green Lantern. He previously penned the screenplay (alongside Michael Green, frequent collaborator Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg) for the 2011 DC-produced Ryan Reynolds starrer. That movie was met with negative reviews and was considered a flop. (It grossed $219 million vs. a budget of $200 million.)
Additional details, including a writer for Green Lantern, an episode count and when it would be available, are being kept under wraps.
Strange Adventure, meanwhile, is an anthology that explores characters across the sprawling DC Comics world. The hourlong drama will explore closed-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans. It is based on DC characters and, like all Berlanti-produced shows, is being produced by Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti Productions. GBP topper Sarah Schechter will executive produce alongside John Stephens (Gotham, the original Gossip Girl). Charlie Huston (Gotham) will produce, while Selwyn Seyfu Hinds (The Twilight Zone) will serve as a consulting producer.
Green Lantern and Strange Adventures bring Berlanti's HBO Max TV show tally to four and join the Kaley Cuoco drama The Flight Attendant and the LGBTQ-themed docuseries Equal on the forthcoming platform. Berlanti also is earmarked to produced four YA-focused feature films for the service, which is set to launch in May with a roster of originals and extensive library titles from across WarnerMedia's portfolio.
The announcement was part of a wave of news during HBO Max's formal unveiling on Tuesday.
All told, Berlanti now has an eye-popping 21 TV series across seven different platforms. They are: The CW's Katy Keene, Batwoman, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale and All American; Fox's Prodigal Son; NBC's Blindspot; CBS' God Friended Me; DC Universe's Titans, Doom Patrol and Stargirl; Netflix's You, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Girls on the Bus; and HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, Green Lantern, Strange Adventures and the docuseries Equal. All of the series are produced by Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti is under a massive $400 million overall deal that includes financial incentives to see his list of TV series grow.