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'Green Lantern: The Animated Series' Showrunners Talk What Could Have Been

Written by Zechs on Wednesday, March 19 2014 and posted in News with Benefits

'Green Lantern: The Animated Series' Showrunners Talk What Could Have Been

Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night adaptations are just the tip of the iceberg of what showrunners Giancarlo Volpe and Jim Krieg intended if the series had gone beyond one season.

Source: Podcast of Oa Episode 64 - GL:TAS Retrospective

*WARNING!!! Reading this article might cause the reader to grit their teeth, scream, and a red ring might pop up beside you initiating you into the Red Lantern Corps. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!!*


On the Podcast of Oa hosted by Bill Giancoli and Myron Rumsey, the latest episode dealt with a Green Lantern: The Animated Series retrospective with showrunners Giancarlo Volpe and Jim Krieg. Of course, talk turned toward what could have been if the series had continued as well as why the show got axed. Here's some of points Volpe and Krieg brought up during the podcast:

-  Season 2 would again have been split up into two parts. The first thirteen episodes of Season 2 would have been about the Sinestro Corps. Of course, Sinestro's role in the series would have been expanded on.

- The later thirteen episodes would be based around "Blackest Night". For the adaptation, the show would have used the body count from the series and not of the comics.It would have been creepy and cost-saving, they joked.

- John Stewart was going to be the next human Green Lantern to be introduced.

- Alan Scott (via an alternate universe as hinted in the "Steam Lantern" episode) and Kyle Rayner were going to appear in the series as well. The later was going to appear near the "Blackest Night" portion.  Giancarlo had a great idea to set him up as a GL fanboy. If they had an additional season, the Fifth Human GL Simon Baz would have shown up.

- Of course, the very first part of the podcast was about why the series floundered. Not because of bad ratings, but due to the fact the series couldn't land a toyline thanks to markets being leery due to the live-action Green Lantern movie toyline bombing hard. So yes, the show's existence relied on toy sales. The series was costly and they hoped to make money on the sales to fund more episodes. Demographics or ratings were never the issue on why the series was canceled.

They compared their the show's demise to that of Tron: Uprising, both having been made with the assumption that the live-action movie was going to make a large amount of money. Instead, the movies flopped and the ripple effect caused both shows to be canceled.

- There was talk of animated movies (mostly on the Young Justice side of things) to tie-up loose ends and give fans something more. Executives said no and decided to incorporate the New 52 into animated movies instead. "It's all about the next thing. Not the last thing." WRITER'S NOTE: I have a feeling this revelation, might cause a lot of fans to hate these New 52 animated movies being exclusive even more now. 

- Just a little bit of the series finale was changed due to knowledge of the show not being renewed. Both Volpe and Krieg didn't go into it.

- Both Frieg and Volpe don't blame Stu Snyder for the loss of Green Lantern: The Animated Series or take any pleasure in his recent resignation as head of Cartoon Network.

- Volpe is out of Warner Bros animation department, and is currently with Riot Games. Frieg is still writing for Warner Bros Animation (having last written the Flashpoint: Paradox), along with Spooksville.

And that's it, for the most part (they do talk about other things and it's a very fascinating podcast. Consider me hooked for more episodes).  A lot of the future ideas that both Volpe and Frieg expressed seem interesting and make this reporter sad we'll never see more of them. Come on, more Ron Perlman as Sinestro would have been a good thing, and I'd be curious to see where he and the writers would take the character. Not to mention their version of "Blackest Night" seems intriguing (you know it be the reunion of Razer and his family. OH THE FEELS I can already sense them even thought the episode will never come to be).

Though it is kind of rage-inducing to know that Warner Bros Executives shot down a Young Justice movie just so they can focus on the New 52 (if there's any more reason for some to hate it for what it did for the DCU, now we have a whole new reason to hate it on an animated level). Yes, it makes sense, but to know there was a possiblity of that, just makes me fume with rage and kills my interest in Nu52-centric animated movies.

Interestingly not adressed was the question of whether they would have ever introduced the Indigo Lantern Corps, the only Lantern Corps not teased on the show (though we'll never see the execution, the seeds of both the Sinestro Corps and "Blackest Night" were laid across the only season). Then again, maybe that would have been what the "third" season would have been about. Who knows? Still, it's worth knowing all of this as well as the fact that Green Lantern: The Animated Series - Complete Series Blu-Ray set is currently out of stock on Amazon.


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