DCU’s ‘Lanterns’: Plot, Cast, Release Date & Everything We Know So Far

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DCU has plenty of projects in the works under the watchful eyes of James Gunn and Peter Safran. The projects closest to us are the ‘Creature Commandos’ animated series and ‘Superman’ scheduled for a 2025 release, still plenty of live-action shows focusing on the most notable DC characters are in the works.

Based on the recent updates, the show focusing on Green Lanterns has gotten significant development news, this is why we decided to summarize everything we know about it in this neat guide. So, let’s go.

The show is set to be a cosmic detective story

Geoff Johns originally had a script for a Green Lantern Corps film set in the DCEU, scheduled for release by the end of 2019. However, plans shifted when it was announced in April 2020 that Johns would produce a Green Lantern Corps series for HBO Max, suggesting a change in direction. Efforts have been made to distance the series from the CW’s Arrowverse, possibly to appeal to those disinterested in the Arrowverse’s lower-budget productions.

Nothing was heard about the show until James Gunn took over the DCEU and rebooted it alongside Peter Safran, during their first presentation ‘Lanterns’ was among the first shows they announced. Not much is known about the show except for the fact that it will be a cosmic detective story.

Recently, James Gunn confirmed several rumors via Instagram post and we know who will be headlining the bible.

Yes, it’s true. The Lanterns DCU series is putting together a crack team of writers, based on a wonderful pilot script and bible by Chris Mundy, Tom King, and Damon Lindelof. A hearty welcome to Chris and @damonlindelof as they join the DC Studios family (no welcome necessary for old @tomking_tk, who has been here nearly since inception).

On June 25th ‘Lanterns’ was officially greenlit (no pun intended). HBO, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Television and DC Studios, has ordered an eight-episode drama series titled ‘Lanterns’, based on the iconic DC title. Chris Mundy will be the showrunner and executive producer, with Damon Lindelof and Tom King co-writing and also serving as executive producers.

The series follows new recruit John Stewart and veteran Lantern Hal Jordan, two intergalactic cops who investigate a murder in the American heartland, uncovering a dark, earth-based mystery.

“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.”

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Only 1 cast member is known

Three notable Green Lanterns will be appearing in the show, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and Guy Gardner, with only Nathan Filion being confirmed to play Guy Gardner. The question of who will play John Stewart still remains unanswered. There are some rumors however that point in the direction of the studio wanting a big-name star as John Stewart, and the recent reports indicate that it’s going to be a younger name, possibly an actor in his 20s which aligns with Gunn’s previous statements that he wants a younger cast in his DCU, possibly due to the longevity of the projects. This was also one of the alleged reasons why Cavill couldn’t keep his Superman role in the DCU.

New casting details for the upcoming series suggest it will feature a seasoned Hal Jordan and a younger John Stewart, as previously reported. DC Studios is now actively seeking white actors aged 43-49 for Hal Jordan and black actors aged 27-35 for John Stewart. Nathan Fillion’s obnoxious Guy Gardner will be joining the series in a supporting role.

The show currently doesn’t have a release date set

No release date is currently set for the show but we can only assume that it’s a long time away from entering production. This is due to Gunn being reluctant to start shooting without the finished script.

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