DC Comics’ magical-ring-wearing hero Green Lantern will be openly gay in HBO’s live-action reboot

Patrick Kelleher

DC Comics superhero Green Lantern will be openly gay in a new live-action television series from HBO Max, it has been confirmed.

Seth Grahame-Smith was announced as writer and showrunner on the upcoming series on Friday (9 October). He will be joined in the writing department by Marc Guggenhein, co-creator of ArrowDeadline reports.

Green Lantern is actually the name of several superheroes who have appeared in DC Comics since 1940. Each one uses a magical ring that grants them special powers.

It has been confirmed that the new HBO Max series will feature Earth’s first Green Lantern, Alan Scott – and, like in the Earth-2 comics, he will be openly gay.

The series will also depict other Green Lanterns from DC Comics’ history, including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz.

It will also feature fan-favourites Sinestro and Kilowog, and is expected to introduce new suerpehroes into the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps.

Green Lantern television series will feature gay superhero Alan Scott.

The 10-part series is produced by Greg Berlanti’s production company along with Warner Bros.

Speaking at the HBO Max WarnerMedia Day Presentation in 2019, Berlanti said the series would be “unlike anything seen on television”.

“In what promises to be our biggest DC show ever made, we will be going to space with a Green Lantern television series,” he said at the time.

Meanwhile, HBO Max head of original content Sarah Aubrey told the Television Critics Association (TCA) in January that the show will span “several decades” and will focus on “two stories about Green Lanterns on Earth”.

Alan Scott became the first Green Lantern superhero when he was created in 1940 by Martin Nodell. He was later reinvented as Hal Jordan in 1959.

The story came to international prominence when Ryan Reynolds played Hal Jordan in a 2011 feature film – however, it quickly faded into obscurity following a negative response from critics and audiences alike.

In 2012, it was revealed that Alan Scott, the first incarnation of the superhero, would be reintroduced as an openly gay man in an upcoming issue.