Finn Wittrock is joining the DC universe.
Wittrock will play Guy Gardner, one of the many Green Lantern characters that will be featured in the big-budget drama from exec producer Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV. In recent decades the character has been portrayed in the comics as a parody of a militant, macho American hero. The HBO Max character is described as “a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered in the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. And yet, Guy is somehow likable.”
Here’s the official show description: “Green Lantern reinvents the classic DC property through a story spanning decades and galaxies, beginning on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern, secretly gay FBI agent Alan Scott, and 1984, with cocky alpha male Guy Gardner and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns — from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes.”
Sources say Berlanti’s camp had a conversation with Ryan Murphy as Wittrock is attached as the male lead on season two of the latter creator’s Ratched drama for Netflix. Murphy is said to have agreed to let Wittrock prioritize Green Lantern as a return date for production on season two of Ratched has not yet been determined. Green Lantern is expected to begin filming this year.
Casting for Alan Scott is also expected to be announced shortly as a deal with an actor is on the cusp of closing. HBO Max’s Green Lantern, per sources, will be the most expensive show that Arrow-verse architect Berlanti has produced in his career.
Berlanti, Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie) and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, 2011’s Green Lantern feature film) are credited as writers on the series, with the Grahame-Smith set as showrunner on Green Lantern. DC’s Geoff Johns, Berlanti Productions partner Sarah Schechter and head of TV David Madden also exec produce alongside David Katzenberg and co-EPs Elizabeth Hunter and Sara Saedi.
The drama is one of multiple DC Comics titles in the works for WarnerMedia-backed HBO Max. There’s also a Suicide Squad spinoff focused on Peacemaker (John Cena) also being developed, as well as a series about the Gotham City police department that also has ties to Matt Reeves’ forthcoming The Batman. J.J. Abrams is also working on multiple other DC Comics titles, including Justice League Dark.
Wittrock recently wrapped filming season 10 of Murphy’s FX anthology American Horror Story. He will next be seen opposite Amanda Seyfried in Sony feature A Mouthful of Air and Ben Affleck vehicle Deep Water. His credits include Judy, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Big Short and in Murphy’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and The Normal Heart. He’s repped by CAA, Weissenbach Management and Schreck Rose.