‘Green Lantern’ makers slammed as HBO Max gears up for series, trolls say ‘surprised this show isn’t dead'
HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES: In an interesting new development, the global streamer HBO Max has officially revealed it is going ahead with the ‘Green Lantern’ series but in return has axed another potential DC project, titled ‘Strange Adventures'.
According to The Hollywood Reporter report of August 9, ‘Strange Adventures', an anthology series from executive producer Greg Berlanti that was to feature some lesser-known characters from the DC Universe, isn’t moving forward at the streamer.
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Filmmaker Kevin Smith, who was about to direct and write an episode, in his recent ‘Hollywood Babble-On’ podcast video dated August 7 officially announced that the show has been scrapped and flushed by makers. Smith gave an insight on his podcast that before this announcement, he had been writing his episode with Eric Carrasco, with whom he had frequently collaborated on several episodes of the Berlanti-produced ‘Supergirl’ at The CW.
Smith opened up about his stance on the ‘Strange Adventures’ fate in the recent fury invoking decision of Warner Bros. Discovery to kill its Batgirl movie, which the company said “reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max.” CEO David Zaslav suggested during WBD’s quarterly earnings call last week that the $90 million film wasn’t big enough to release theatrically, but was too expensive to release directly to streaming.
Giving an insight on the makers decision to scrap the DC series, Smith shared, “Dropping Strange Adventures kind of made sense to me — nobody necessarily knows these characters, and it sounded like an expensive show.”
For people who are unaware, ‘Strange Adventures’ was one of two projects from Berlanti Productions in which the other one had been a Green Lantern series that HBO Max announced back in October 2019, ahead of its May 2020 launch. Green Lantern received a series order at the time. ‘Strange Adventures', however, was only picked up for development, and even after receiving scripts from Smith and Carrasco and several other writers, it unfortunately didn’t move forward.
This news of HBO Max going ahead with only ‘Green Lantern’ series and scrapping ‘Strange Adventures' had been dropped by Discussing Films on their official Twitter handle on August 10.
HBO Max’s ‘GREEN LANTERN’ series is still moving forward. All involved are taking their time with the series to ensure they get it right.— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) August 9, 2022
Finn Wittrock and Jeremy Irvine will star as Guy Gardner and Alan Scott respectively.
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As soon as this news got revealed by the outlet, many fans turned Twitter into a live tweets fest. They slammed the makers for going ahead with a series that has been in development mode for the past three years. Many of them shared that even though they’re really happy to hear this news, they don’t want DC to create another bad series and want them to take their own time with it.
“This is not part of the 10 year plan, just a reaction to it,” shared a fan. “Surprised this show isn’t dead,” shared another fan. “It’s year 2019, the Green Lantern series is announced It’s year 2020, the Green Lantern series is still moving forward It’s year 2021, the Green Lantern series is still moving forward It’s year 2022, the Green Lantern series is still moving forward,” a fan added. “The Warner Brothers executive on its way to the #GreenLantern set to CANCEL this show 5 MINUTES after production yells WRAP! Just watch…,” a fan shared. “Why not take longer, we've been waiting 78 years,” a fan wrote.
This is not part of the 10 year plan, just a reaction to it https://t.co/CgnqBRHwh8— Carlos 0101101010101010 The Bot010 Digital 0101010 (@BobDigi69) August 9, 2022
Surprised this show isn’t dead https://t.co/FXqVTSyvEV— Mr. Venom (@BatFamNerd) August 10, 2022
It’s year 2019, the Green Lantern series is announced— Tony (@Tony_CBT) August 9, 2022
It’s year 2020, the Green Lantern series is still moving forward
It’s year 2021, the Green Lantern series is still moving forward
It’s year 2022, the Green Lantern series is still moving forward https://t.co/zwxiCVGpWz pic.twitter.com/jpeVC6lE2l
The Warner Brothers executive on its way to the #GreenLantern set to CANCEL this show 5 MINUTES after production yells WRAP! Just watch… https://t.co/SlbMJkra5j pic.twitter.com/eGroOxivQj— minhteahoney® (@guapodelhomo) August 9, 2022
Why not take longer, we've been waiting 78 years. https://t.co/g0hsscOQ8c— Superwise (@SuperwiseJohn) August 9, 2022
Other DC shows under the Berlanti umbrella, including the final season of 'The Flash', Season 3 of Superman & Lois and newcomer Gotham Knights at The CW, are seen moving ahead as planned.
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