Deadline reports that Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) has been tapped to star as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern in HBO Max’s upcoming series based on the DC characters, from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Seth Grahame-Smith, 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 (Wittrock) and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns — from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes.
Wittrock’s Guy Gardner/Green Lantern is a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered in the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. And yet, Guy is somehow likable.
Not everyone on social media was impressed
Ugh they picked the worst green lantern, I guess it opens it up for Guy’s Red Lantern, Finn Wittrock will kill it in both the GL and red lantern roles
— Ty. BLM (@Ty_Away) April 30, 2021
If the reason we didn’t get to see Wayne T. Carr as John Stewart in the Snyder Cut is because they’re doing a Green Lantern series featuring Finn Wittrock as Guy Gardner, I’m about to be real mad. (No hate to Finn as I love him on AHS and he didn’t develop said project)
— Grayson Gilcrease (@most_def) May 1, 2021
They would need prosthetics to turn a pretty boy like Finn Wittrock into a blockhead like Guy Gardner. And they’d need to either give him a wig or bleach his very dark hair to dye it red, which is a level of appearance changing I cannot see them doing for a non-alien character.
— Nightwing-ology (@Nightwingology) April 30, 2021
I haven’t seen much work of Finn Wittrock, but I hope he plays Guy Gardner right. He’s more than a hyper masculine 80’s caricature (though he definitely is that too). Also, give him the red hair. #GreenLantern pic.twitter.com/FzJjWvykcP
— Anthony Meleo (@SocialMogo) April 30, 2021
Berlanti, Guggenheim and Grahame-Smith executive produce with Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, David Madden and David Katzenberg; Elizabeth Hunter and Sara Saedi co-executive produce.