The Green Lantern’s return to the live-action medium has been turbulent over the past few years. Yet things seemed to be turning around following the announcement that a new Green Lantern TV series from super producer Greg Berlanti is headed to HBO Max. Fans were likely glad to hear the Arrowverse veteran is working on it but, now, they’ll also be glad to know that a DC Comics scribe will be helping out behind the scenes.
As revealed by a listing on its website, Mad Ghost Productions, a company founded by DC Comics sage Geoff Johns, will be one of the producing forces behind the upcoming Green Lantern show. This means Johns will likely have a hand in developing the project.
As a writer for DC Comics, Geoff Johns has penned dozens of comic books, ranging from Batman and Justice League to Booster Gold and Hawkman. He’s also written several Green Lantern series, which is evidence of his passion for the character.
Johns has also made a name for himself in both the television and movie spheres. He previously served as a co-producer and creative consultant on Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern in 2011 and later held writing and producing duties on various DCEU films like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. He also co-wrote the story for the long-awaited Green Lantern Corps film. During this time, he would eventually be tasked with spearheading the newly created DC Films.
After stepping down as the co-head of DC Films, he founded Mad Ghost Productions and has used the company to produce projects based on DC Comics properties. His most recent production is Stargirl, which features yet another character he’s written for. On top of this, he also helped develop DC Universe’s Titans.
It’s clear that Geoff Johns has more than enough credentials to help bring Green Lantern to the small screen. He not only understands the characters from a comic book perspective, but he also knows how to refine fantastical concepts and characters for the live-action format.
As alluded to, it’s been difficult for Green Lantern to make a live-action comeback, as 2011’s Green Lantern was met with negative reviews and poor box office reception. Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer’s Green Lantern Corps film has also been in development hell for some time now. Though Warner Bros. claims the project is still a priority for the studio.
Green Lantern hasn’t been completely absent from television, however. It had long been teased that Arrow’s John Diggle would earn a power ring and, after the show’s series finale, it looks like he could be on his way to becoming an emerald knight.
Not much is known about HBO Max’s Green Lantern series at this point, expect for the fact that it’ll feature multiple heroes. But with Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti both leading the way, this could turn out to be something special.
While you’re waiting for the series, you can check out Mad Ghost Productions' Stargirl when it makes its DC Universe debut on May 18, followed by its premiere on The CW the following day.