Though a year separates audiences from the release of “Green Lantern,” Heat Vision reports work is already underway on a sequel. “The studio has hired Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, all of whom worked on the ‘Lantern’ screenplay, to write a treatment for the second installment,” they write.
The group will also write a new treatment for “The Flash.” Though, notes Heat Vision, “Under the deal, they would then go on to write the screenplay for one of the two projects, though which one has not been determined.”
After years of development and a run-in with a more comedic version of the project slated to star Jack Black, “Green Lantern” has become an important film for Warner Bros and the reorganized DC Entertainment. The project leads DC’s presence at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas with images of Green Lantern Hal Jordan placed as prominently in group shots as Batman and Superman. Prospective licensees are told in marketing materials “anyone can be chosen.”
It would appear “The Flash” will be the next chosen. According to the Heat Vision article, “The ‘Flash’ film will take inspiration from [Geoff] Johns’ recent work and will feature the Barry Allen incarnation of the character.” A “Flash” feature has also been long in development, but control of the property reportedly returned to Warner Bros late last year.
Moving so quickly into the “Green Lantern” sequel is unusual, but the studio is accustomed to long-term franchises thanks to the success of the “Harry Potter” series. With the duo of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” films bringing the end of that franchise, the DC superheroes are primed to take its place.
The first “Green Lantern” film is still in production. It is slated for release on June 17th of next year.