DC Comics has shared updates on three of its series, including HBO Max’s upcoming Green Lantern, The CW’s Naomi, and Titans Season 3.
Green Lantern, the upcoming series that will bring the full breadth of the Green Lantern Corps to the small screen for the first time, has found its first recruit. Two-time Emmy nominee Finn Wittrock has been cast in the rough-and-tumble role of Guy Gardner.
According to the show’s official character description, Guy is a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered in the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. And yet, Guy is somehow likable.
Guy has a long and storied history as a member of the Green Lantern Corps as well as a DC comic book character. Technically the third Green Lantern to be introduced, he was the second after the Green Lantern title’s Silver Age reimagining.
Originally introduced as the second choice by Abin Sur’s ring after his death, Guy’s larger-than-life persona came about in the 1980s, when the original pretty vanilla character was given a hyper-macho reinvention—a personality that still endures today. Rough and hot-tempered, but loyal and ultimately heroic, Guy can be seen as the Green Lantern Corps’ resident tough guy.
The series promises to tell a story that spans decades and that features a number of well-known Green Lanterns, including Alan Scott, Simon Baz, Jessica Cruz, Kilowog and more.
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 is known for his Emmy-nominated roles in America Horror Story and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. He also made a memorable appearance last year in the Netflix series Ratched.
The CW has also revealed a first look at Kaci Walfall in Naomi. Naomi McDuffie is the adopted, small town high schooler at the heart of both the Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell comic and the adaptation. Fans of the series likely recognize that as a homage to the Campbell-illustrated cover for Naomi #1, the bestselling comic that introduced Naomi to the world.
Naomi also stars Alexander Wraith as Dee, Cranston Johnson as Zumbado and Camila Moreno as Lourdes. The series is executive produced by Ava DuVernay, Jill Blankenship, Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes, and produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The third season of HBO Max’s Titans will see Dick Grayson and his team of heroes make their way to Gotham City where they’ll tangle with one of Batman’s most terrifying foes – the Scarecrow. Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser will take on the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane, who will start the season as an inmate at Arkham Asylum.
Previously seen in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and on TV’s Gotham, Scarecrow’s fear toxin has also played a key role this season on Batwoman (though the character himself has not appeared) and he’s currently the primary villain in the ongoing Batman comic.
Scarecrow will mark Kartheiser’s first role as a comic book character, though the actor has a long career in film and TV that includes noteworthy roles in genre favorites like Angel, The OA and Das Boot. He’s best known, however, for playing Mad Men’s ambitious young advertising agent, Pete Campbell – a role he embodied for seven seasons to much acclaim.
Titans Season 3 will also see the return (after a brief season 2 cameo) of Damaris Lewis’ Blackfire and Curran Walters’ debut as Red Hood.