LANTERNS Gets Straight-To-Series Order, Creative Team, And Plot Details After Moving From Max To HBO

LANTERNS Gets Straight-To-Series Order, Creative Team, And Plot Details After Moving From Max To HBO

There's more huge DCU news to share today as DC Studios' Lanterns is shifting from Max to HBO. We also have the first plot details, a creative team and, believe it or not, an episode count! Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Jun 25, 2024 04:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Lanterns

We've been inundated with Superman set photos today but if that wasn't enough for those of you excited about the DCU, then we have even more good news to share this afternoon. 

HBO, in association with Warner Bros. Television and DC Studios, has given an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for Lanterns. The creative team of this long-awaited Green Lantern reboot has also been confirmed, with Emmy-nominee Chris Mundy (True Detective: Night Country, Ozark) serving as showrunner and executive producer.

Emmy-winner Damon Lindelof (Watchmen, The Leftovers) and Eisner Award winner Tom King (Mister Miracle, Supergirl) will co-write the new series with Mundy. Lindelof and King will also serve as executive producers.

Those names will likely look familiar to you because they've been floating around online for several months now. 

As for the Lantern's official logline it reveals that, "The series follows new recruit John Stewart and Lantern legend Hal Jordan, two intergalactic cops drawn into a dark, earth-based mystery as they investigate a murder in the American heartland."

The news comes as part of a streaming rethink at HBO as this series, along with the Harry Potter reboot and IT prequel Welcome To Derry, are moving from Max to the cable network which House of the Dragon calls home.

What this means for upcoming Max titles Creature Commandos and Peacemaker season 2 remains to be seen.

Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO, HBO and Max Content, says, "We are elated to be reuniting with both Chris Mundy and Damon Lindelof as they partner with Tom for this fresh take on DC’s 'Green Lantern.' As part of James and Peter’s vision for the DC Universe, this first new live action series will mark an exciting new era."

James Gunn and Peter Safran, Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs of DC Studios, shared a joint statement which reads, "We’re thrilled to bring this seminal DC title to HBO with Chris, Damon and Tom at the helm." 

"John Stewart and Hal Jordan are two of DC’s most compelling characters, and Lanterns brings them to life in an original detective story that is a foundational part of the unified DCU we’re launching next summer with 'Superman.'"

Aside from a blink-and-you'd-miss-it cameo from a past Green Lantern in both cuts of Justice League, Green Lantern has been M.I.A. since the 2011 movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. Several attempts have been made to restart the franchise but Lanterns is the first to take off.

There's currently no word on a premiere window.

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harryba11zack - 6/25/2024, 4:17 PM
"Straight-To-Series Order", damn thats like straight to DVD
lazlodaytona - 6/25/2024, 4:48 PM
@harryba11zack - on streaming means a "straight-To-Serious-Order" is a good thing. it means the studio, knowing it'll be expensive, believes in every episode.
Doomsday8888 - 6/25/2024, 4:18 PM
Hopefully tha age gap between Hal and John ain't substantial...there's always room for other younger rookies like Kyle, Simon and my waifu J-Bird. :3
Doomsday8888 - 6/25/2024, 4:20 PM
Also, again, i'm more worried about King's dirty hands more than Lindelof.

It's clear to me that that ex-CIA agent managed to get some dirty photos of Gunn and his cabal, no other way to explain his promotion.
WruceBayne - 6/25/2024, 5:28 PM
@Doomsday8888 - I wonder if we’ll get far enough into this show to see the likes of a Simon Baz?
bkmeijer1 - 6/25/2024, 5:50 PM
@Doomsday8888 - I have no idea what King has done, but winning an Eisner award is pretty impressive
Doomsday8888 - 6/26/2024, 12:02 AM
Eisner Awards have been a joke for years now.
bkmeijer1 - 6/26/2024, 2:33 AM
@Doomsday8888 - still, what has King done that worries you then?
Doomsday8888 - 6/26/2024, 2:57 AM
Proved through his stories that he doesn't get these characters at all.
You know how they make Oscar-bait movies? Well King writes Eisner-bait comics.

Not always, mind you but it's extremely easy for me to point out his goals.
Strange Adventures (which sucked ass) is a clear example.
Mister Miracle is another one but that was lowkey great.
Heroes in Crisis remains his biggest sin to day.
Fumbled his Batman run and tanked sales.

He can't write women to save his life (Supergirl was an exception) the main character is most of the time either a cuck or 'tarded, even Batman.

I don't hate every single story written by King but he's overrated af and i can't explain why Gunn chose him and not someone Waid? Morrison? Forget about Geoff but even Jeremy Adams? Shit, i would even understand Scott Snyder ffs but why King?
Might as well hire Bendis st this point.
Beer85 - 6/26/2024, 3:30 AM
@Doomsday8888 - King is a terrible writer with serious mommy issues. Most modern comicbook writers are absolutely horrible. WB just cant hire anyone who can look at DC archives and the great work done in the 70s, 80s and 90s, its always these modern hobo comics made by and for muppets.
Doomsday8888 - 6/26/2024, 3:50 AM
Big mommy issues, yeah. :P
bkmeijer1 - 6/26/2024, 5:17 AM
@Doomsday8888 @Beer85 - okay yeah true, he definitely has a problem writing women. There are indeed much better writers Gunn could've picked indeed
HashTagSwagg - 6/25/2024, 4:18 PM
I had thought (hoped) that Damon Daddy issues Lindelof would only be responsible for the pilot. Now my hopes for this show are crushed.
Gambito - 6/25/2024, 4:23 PM
@HashTagSwagg - yeah I actually liked his Watchmen show but I’ll never forgive him either
DannRamm113 - 6/25/2024, 4:21 PM
What's the real difference between being on HBO and being on MAX? Just the primetime airtime?
Madman - 6/25/2024, 4:50 PM
@DannRamm113 - If I had to guess, HBO series probably have higher budgets since they have airtime + streaming.
Superspecialawesomeguy - 6/25/2024, 4:23 PM
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(Still wish King wasn't involved tbh lol).
Milklander - 6/25/2024, 4:30 PM
Is this shift a good thing or a bad thing? I'm confused
kg8817 - 6/25/2024, 5:19 PM
@Brondern - It’s great: HBO shows have the prestige of the name behind them, and also have higher budgets.
Apophis71 - 6/25/2024, 5:20 PM
@Brondern - I know little but it SOUNDS like an upgrade as will still BE on streaming but also primetime airtime now suggestive of a likely bigger budget OR at least confidence in what they are cooking that is is strong enough for primetime as is.
NinnesMBC - 6/25/2024, 5:30 PM
@Brondern - We won't know until it debuts sadly. HBO is good but also very overrated, not everything they pull out is golden all the time. Their current handling of S2 of House of the Dragon is subpar at best with the amount of creative liberties they've taken. And more importantly, a DC SUPERHERO show about two objectively earnest GOOD guys like Hal Jordan and John Stewart trying to do good in solving a murder shouldn't be on a medium that's all about anti-hero led franchises and moral ambiguity.
Ryguy88 - 6/25/2024, 4:31 PM
"The series follows new recruit John Stewart and Lantern legend Hal Jordan, two intergalactic cops drawn into a dark, earth-based mystery"

That actually sounds pretty cool!

"Damon Lindelof"

Th3Batman - 6/25/2024, 4:31 PM
DC so far has been making all the right moves. Let's hope all these projects stick the landing.
TheVisionary25 - 6/25/2024, 4:34 PM
Cool though I’m surprised it didn’t have a series order already honestly…

I’m still not sure if a True Detective-esque take on GL with it being a dark earth based mystery is a good idea but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued , especially with the creative team involved.

Also definitely seems like we are getting a younger, rookie John and an older , veteran Hal which could make for a fun dynamic.
Goldboink - 6/25/2024, 4:42 PM
@TheVisionary25 -
That's a trick he picked up from the MCU. They are making a detective show but with superpowers. It gives a predictable structure to the show that they can then play with and subvert a bit.
TheVisionary25 - 6/25/2024, 4:48 PM
@Goldboink - oh I’m cool with that and it makes sense since they are space cops

I just don’t know if a Dark True Detective-like tone and it being earth based is the right direction this it gives me a bit of concern but could work too.
Goldboink - 6/25/2024, 5:12 PM
@TheVisionary25 -
One would imagine that the earth based threat in one of the flyover states leads to some cosmic mumbo jumbo. He was originally earth based and was just beating up bad guys so there's some precedent.
TheVisionary25 - 6/25/2024, 5:15 PM
@Goldboink - fair enough.
tmp3 - 6/25/2024, 4:35 PM
One of the most exciting writers in the medium of TV re-teaming with HBO for GREEN LANTERN? Holy [frick]
tmp3 - 6/25/2024, 4:39 PM
Still shocked they can get such big names for the small screen but the flash dude is doing batman lol
FireandBlood - 6/25/2024, 4:46 PM
@tmp3 - This one is BIG
tmp3 - 6/25/2024, 4:51 PM
@FireandBlood - Getting promoted to HBO from Max too? Imagine something with the scope of GOT and the story-telling of Watchmen… and to think this started life as a Berlanti show haha
NinnesMBC - 6/25/2024, 5:33 PM
@tmp3 - His take was gonna be an anthology show and had earned enough good faith after the success of Superman and Lois. It's not like Lindelof has a clean-slate of no misses either. (Prometheus, Lost, World War Z)
tmp3 - 6/25/2024, 6:31 PM
@NinnesMBC - Lost has some of the best episodes in the history of TV, so I feel like throwing the whole thing under the bus for a few lack-luster seasons seems a little myopic. I feel the same way about GOT and the office too though, so maybe i’m just someone who doesn’t hinge a whole show on how it ends lol
But also, Berlanti’s show was going to be significantly smaller than this will. Would have been shocked if it was any bigger than doom patrol or superman & lois. That just isn’t even in the same ballpark as a big budget HBO show from one of my favourite show runners in the medium
DeadClunge - 6/25/2024, 4:35 PM
The lanterns deserve a movie!!

We need to erase the first green lantern from cinema history 😭
FireandBlood - 6/25/2024, 4:45 PM
@DeadClunge - HBO with this creative team? Nah this is way better.
DeadClunge - 6/25/2024, 5:02 PM
@FireandBlood - idk man I want to see Lanterns on the big screen!

Maybe it's because I ain't watched watchmen yet but demand a movie man
FireandBlood - 6/25/2024, 5:15 PM
@DeadClunge - Watchmen show > most CBMs

It’s that good, up there with the best
Apophis71 - 6/25/2024, 5:25 PM
@DeadClunge - Yes, Lanterns do deserve a movie but feel this will be better for a reintroduction of them which can lead to a movie so...

...we'll see
DeadClunge - 6/25/2024, 6:02 PM

I'll give it a try!

And @Apophis71 yeah you're probably right, hopefully. I wanna some big screen lantern shit!
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