Greg Berlanti makes TV shows. It's what he does. So today's HBO Max virtual unboxing by WarnerMedia wouldn't feel like the streaming service's big coming-out party without at least one show from Berlanti — and HBO Max will have four.
Berlanti is expanding on his DC connection (he's an EP on The CW's many Arrowverse superhero shows) with a new drama inspired by the Green Lantern comics. It's important to note that the actual character The Green Lantern wasn't mentioned in today's announcement, and HBO Max carefully chose its words "based on the characters from the iconic DC comic" rather than straight-up saying we're getting a new Green Lantern series. But maybe I'm looking too far into this.
This is Berlanti's second shot at a Green Lantern property. He previously wrote the screenplay for the 2011 Ryan Reynolds-fronted Green Lantern film, which didn't do so well at the box office or with critics.
Also from Berlanti and HBO Max, Strange Adventures is a superhero anthology series featuring "close-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans" from the DC universe. It's based on the comic series that debuted in 1950 as a science-fiction anthology and was recently revived in 2009 and 2011.
These two new series bring Berlanti's show total to four with HBO Max, and 25 total on TV. He's also working on the Kaley Cuoco drama The Flight Attendant and the LGBTQ-themed Equal.
HBO Max launches in May 2020.