Finn Wittrock photo by Morgan Lieberman/FilmMagic
After securing an official series order from HBO Max two months ago, Greg Berlanti’s newest DC series Green Lantern has finally found its first hero in the form of American Horror Story alum Finn Wittrock. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wittrock has successfully landed the leading role of Guy Gardner, one of the many Green Lanterns that will be featured in the upcoming superhero series. The outlet also notes that the casting for Alan Scott is expected to be revealed soon as the undisclosed actor is already in the final stages of negotiations.
Wittrock’s character is being 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. This marks the official live-action debut of Guy Gardner, who was created by John Broome and Gil Kane in 1968.
The Green Lantern series will depict the adventures of a multitude of Lanterns, including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and Alan Scott — Earth’s first Green Lantern, who, true to the comics, is a gay man — and many more. The series will also include fan favorites such as Sinestro and Kilowog, and will also introduce new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps.
The show’s official synopsis reads: “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.”
Based on the character created by Alan Scott and Martin Nodell, the 10-episode series will be written and executive produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) with Grahame-Smith also set as the showrunner. Executive producers are Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, David Katzenberg, Elizabeth Hunter and Sara Saedi.
Green Lantern’s first live-action adaptation was Martin Campbell’s 2011 film where it starred Ryan Reynolds as the titular hero. However, the film was poorly received by critics and fans and was a box-office failure after only bringing in just $220 million worldwide on a $200 million budget.
Berlanti is also an executive producer on The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning for The CW. For DC Universe, he produces Titans, Doom Patrol, and Stargirl.