HBO Max’s Green Lantern series has found its first Green Lantern: American Horror Story’s Finn Wittrock will be playing Guy Gardner.
Wittrock’s Guy Gardner/Green Lantern is a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered in the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. And yet, Guy is somehow likable.
In the comics, Guy Gardner is a top member of the Green Lantern Corps, and the second one to be chosen from Earth. His sheer willpower and his complete refusal to back down from any fight have made him one of the greatest warriors in the universe. This has also given him a notorious reputation in the superhero community as an obnoxious butthead. Despite the disapproval from his peers for his unrelenting offensive tendencies, he has always kept his chin up and refused to let the opinions of others stop him from doing what he knows is the right thing.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Berlanti Productions 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.
Additionally, 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 THR sources, will be the most expensive show that Arrow-verse architect Berlanti has produced in his career.
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 (Wittrock) and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns — from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes.
Writers Berlanti, Guggenheim and Grahame-Smith executive produce with Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, David Madden and David Katzenberg. Elizabeth Hunter and Sara Saedi co-executive produce.