“Stonewall” actor Jeremy Irvine eyed for role as gay superhero Green Lantern in HBO Max series

DC Comics' Green Lantern on the back cover of Green Lantern Season 2 Issue #12
DC Comics' Green Lantern on the back cover of Green Lantern Season 2 Issue #12 Photo: DC Comics/Screenshot

Jeremy Irvine, the actor who played the lead role in Roland Emmerich’s 2015 film Stonewall, is reportedly being considered for the role of Alan Scott in HBO Max’s upcoming Green Lantern series.

The character is one of the higher-profile gay superheroes in the DC Universe.

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Emmerich’s movie was widely criticized for erasing the role of transgender people and “whitewashing” the Stonewall riots by casting a white man in the starring role instead of a person of color.

Scott was the first Green Lantern when the comic was introduced in the early 1940s. When the comic was rebooted in the 60s, Hal Jordan was the new Green Lantern and explained away by moving Scott to a parallel universe. Scott’s character was reimagined as a gay man for his return in 2012.

Finn Wittrock, who has starred in numerous seasons of American Horror Story including gay characters, will portray Jordan.

The show will span decades, starting with Scott in the 40s and adding in Jordan and other Lanterns in other episodes.

Greg Berlanti, the out producer behind several DC Comics television and movie properties, will be in charge of the show. He also co-wrote and co-produced the Green Lantern film that bombed at the box office in 2011.

Berlanti created CW’s “Arrowverse” of DC Comics shows, including Supergirl, the first show to feature a transgender superhero. Batwoman, who has her own show also produced by Berlanti, is a lesbian.

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