Green Lantern Animated Series On The Way

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:36 am,

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[Note: The images in this post are NOT from the upcoming Green Lantern animated series - but you get the idea.]

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Cartoon Network will be unveiling Green Lantern: The Animated Series in 2011, coinciding with the live-action Green Lantern movie, which will hit theaters in June of that same year.

The Green Lantern cartoon series represents yet another facet of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ plan for total brand-expansion. Yesterday we reported on DCE/WB’s latest plans for their slate of upcoming superhero movies.

The immediate question I have about this GL animated series is will it be set within the continuity of the Green Lantern movie, or will it be its own separate show?

If the animated show follows the movie continuity, it kinda limits the story possibilities (gotta save the sweetest stuff for the movie trilogy!); on the other hand, it’s easy enough to understand why DCE/WB would want to spread their fledgling movie universe across multiple media platforms. If comic book geeks already buy multiple issues of a series in order to follow one story, why wouldn’t they watch a movie, a cartoon series and (inevitably) play a video game to follow a story?

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As for what the animated series will focus on: no official details have been released as of yet, but you don’t have to be a genius to guess that it will follow Green Lantern playing super-cop across the universe. And while DCU’s recent animated feature Green Lantern: First Flight wasn’t my favorite, it was still epic enough to be entertaining. Green Lantern – with all his intergalactic travels and crazy power ring effects – is in some ways best suited for a cartoon series. I will be watching.

The final question I have is: which Green Lantern will we be getting in the animated series? Logically the first (and best) guess is Hal Jordan, who will be the focal point of the movie. That’s what I’m going with, though I suspect Green Lanterns Guy Gardner, Jon Stewart and Kyle Rayner will all be making appearances, along with many characters from the comic book continuity.

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I do hope the show functions as its own separate universe from the movie. Batman: The Animated Series was released in the Fall of 1992 following the Summer release of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, and while the Bats animated series had a Burton-esque feel to it, it still stood apart as its own universe. The results were pretty great.

What do you guys think of this Green Lantern cartoon series? Should it follow the movie continuity or should it be its own thing? Will you be tuning in?

Green Lantern: The Animated Series is expected to premiere on Cartoon Network in the Fall of 2011.

Sources: THR via Superhero Hype

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  1. It should be it’s own thing. Obviously there is enough mythology and seperate adventures for the GL to explore that he shouldn’t be limited by a potentially poor movie. I’ll tune into the first few episodes for sure though.

  2. They should definitely give the show it’s own continuity. I think that it’s kind of unlikely that Guy Gardener, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner will get more than cameos in the films, as actually introducing any of them would mean that Hal has to disappear for a while. It would be especially hard to bring in Kyle, as the Parallax story would be too big to put on film. The cartoon, however, can freely use these characters without having to worry about taking Hal out of the picture.

  3. They (WB) did this with Batman and speed racer and it sucked.

    Nickelodeon did it with spiderman, ironman, wolverine (that one i actually liked) but for the most part any revamped cartoon series release just to go with the movie has been terrible.

    they should just save money and make fans happier by replaying the old cartoons from the 90s that everyone loved.

    I know green lantern hasnt had a tv show before but going by the history of other cartoon movie rip-offs, its probly going to suck.

    (I did also like the Justic League show that played a few years ago, so i’m not a total synic)

  4. I think they should use one of the other Green Lanterns to establish the cartoon series as seperate from the movie. I think the Green Lantern has an advantage that Batman and Superman don’t in the sense that there have been different people with established stories in the title role, whereas Batman has always been Bruce Wayne and Superman has always been Clark Kent/Kal El. Why not take advantage of that?

  5. I think they should use one of the other Green Lanterns to establish the cartoon series as seperate from the movie. I think the Green Lantern has an advantage that Batman and Superman don’t in the sense that there have been different people with established stories in the title role, whereas Batman has always been Bruce Wayne and Superman has always been Clark Kent/Kal El. Why not take advantage of that?

  6. is it Timm-related..?

  7. It should do its own thing like batman and superman tas. Create your universe. Ill watch it but I think it needs to be about Jon Stewart because I dont see him enough except for the Justice League!

  8. It will have to stand in comparison to the “Green Lantoorn” episode of “Duck Dodgers.” Still the best adapatation of the Green Lantern Corps.

  9. If this animated series is done anywhere near the quality of both the Batman and Superman Animated Series it will be a huge success.

  10. If this animated series excists in the same Timm-verse as Batman: TAS, Superman: TAS, Justice League Unlimited series then id be overjoyed and willing to bet it would be a success if done in that same universe. As we all know,we, seen Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Someone who resembles Guy gardner in the episode ( In Brightest Day), and of-course seen other Green lanterns and the Gaudians of OA & villains like Sinestro, Star Sapphire & Despero. Even Hal Jordan made a quick Cameo in JLU, not to mention his plane that said COL. Hal Jordan in the episode above. All it would take is a good introduction of Hal Jordan since Abin Sir passed off his ring to Kyle Rayner in Superman: TAS. But obvious that could be ignored if John Stewart is known to be Jordan’s back-up. Not to mention we could see Carol Ferris before she becomes Star Sapphire on Justice League. And of-course of heroes could maybe make guest appearances. I really would hope the show takes place in the Timm-verse, it would be nice since JLU has been canceled etc. This could be one show to bring that goodness back again.

  11. I heard that this new GL animated series will be in 3D, CGI like Iron Man: Armored Adventures.

  12. WB could do a quasi-continuity, kinda like Batman TAS did with the Burton movies (i.e. Joker and Penguin are alive, but don’t show their origins). I agree that the latest Batman series are horrible (The Batman and Brave&Bold).

    I liked First Flight, but as most of the animated DVD features it felt rushed.

  13. Honestly? I think they should turn the entire comic book series into cartoon form P_P

  14. No John Stewart and keep Hal Jordan around please!!!!!!!!

  15. My humble wish is that it’s a stand-alone series, not linked to either of the movies [First Flight, Emerald Knights or the live-action movie with Ryan Deadpool Reynolds].

    And also, I’d prefer to see a lot of female characters in the main rooster, since any superhero cartoon usually lacks female protagonists.

  16. my question is. When does the show start? Thats what i googled but i gets the run-a-round. ugh

  17. Hal Jordanis the best green lantern for sure it would be stupid to use another one

    • Kyle Rayner is the best GL! He was Eon, and is called in by the guardians as pretty much speacial forces, when things get to tough they call in Kyle. Hal is not the best and not the first either. I would love to see an Alan Scott GL even! And I’ve seen enough John Stewart!

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