“In the brightest day, in the blackest night no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship the power of evil beware of me… The light of the Green Lantern!” The Oath of the Green Lantern Corps is a warning of an ancient evil rising in Sector 2814, the territory of intergalactic agents Hal Jordan and John Stewart: Earth. Last week, DC Studios Co-Chairmen James Gunn and Peter Safran announced Lanterns, an Earth-set series on HBO Max that is part of the first chapter of their new DC Universe, titled Gods and Monsters. In this “earthly, real detectivetype of mystery,” the power ring-wielding warriors will investigate a whodunit connected to an overarching story in film and television.
Lanterns”leads to the overall story we tell in the various movies and TV shows,” Gunn said during DC’s slate presentation.” We find this old horror on Earth, and these guys are basically super cops on ‘Precinct Earth’.
Jordan and Stewart are among the Corpsmen serving the Guardians of the Universe, an ancient alien race that oversees the peacekeeping force they established on the planet Oa. But in Lanternswill the Green Lanterns of Earth’s space sector unravel a mystery on their own planet that “plays a big part” in a story that could cross over with other announced projects like the live-action feature films superman: legacy, Supergirl: Woman of TomorrowAnd Swamp thing.
“The story will go back and forth between the movies and the television shows,” explains Safran. “Peacekeeper is a great example of how that works, and that’s what we’re going to do with this big overarching story that we’re telling.”
Safran added Lanterns is “a very important show to us” and a revamped version of the since canceled one Green Lanterns TV serials that was in the works at prolific Arrowverse producer Greg Berlanti’s streamer. Gunn and Safran’s series is partially inspired by “Sinestro’s Law” series started in 2016 Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth one time and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps issues #1-7, in which the tyrannical Sinestro and his yellow lanterns imposed their rule over the universe.
Lanterns is part of a list of five live-action feature films (Superman: Legacy, The Authority, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, Swamp Thing), and five HBO Max series (Creature Commands, Waller, Booster GoldAnd lost paradise). While Commands from creatures And Waller will reach service first, Gunn and Safran have confirmed Superman: Legacy marks the official start of the rebooted DC Universe when it opens in theaters on July 11, 2025.
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