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DC Studios' 'LANTERNS' Adds Writing and Producing Team

Updated: May 25

Though the only official responses we’ve received regarding the Lanterns series have been emojis from DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn, the show is rapidly taking shape behind the scenes. It has been previously reported that Chris Mundy was writing the series and serving as the showrunner (first reported by r/DCULeaks), and Damon Lindelof was in talks to produce (reported by Daniel RPK). We’ve now uncovered that the following names are officially attached to the Lanterns series thanks to their WGA profiles, and while the specific roles of these names are not yet confirmed, we can make some educated guesses:

Update on 25.05.2024: James Gunn has confirmed some of the names we've listed alongside Tom King.

Chris Mundy. ©IMDB

Since it is officially confirmed that Chris Mundy is attached to Lanterns, this supports earlier reports about Mundy being the showrunner and a writer for the series. Mundy has previously served as a showrunner on the crime drama Ozark, and as an executive producer on crime series Criminal Minds.

Damon Lindelof (top) and Justin Britt-Gibson (bottom). © Getty Images & Alamy

Damon Lindelof, known for his work on The Leftovers and Lost, is another significant addition to Lanterns. This isn't Lindelof’s first venture with DC and Warner Bros. Television; he previously served as the showrunner for the critically acclaimed series Watchmen. Since the previous reports line up with his addition to this series, it is likely that Lindelof will be a producer on the series. Whether he will also write for Lanterns remains unclear, as his specific roles haven't been listed.

Justin Britt-Gibson, known for writing Counterpart and Into The Badlands, is likely to be a writer for Lanterns as well.

It’s notable that Lindelof and Britt-Gibson were initially brought in as screenwriters for a Star Wars project, but departed in March 2023, according to Deadline. This departure seemingly paved the way for their involvement in Lanterns.

Breannah Gibson(left) and Vanessa Baden Kelly (right). © IMDB

Breannah Gibson, one of the story writers on DC's The Penguin, is likely to take on a similar role in Lanterns.

Vanessa Baden Kelly, executive story editor of Max's The Sex Lives Of The College Girls, is another addition to the Lanterns series. Kelly is likely another writer/story editor for the series given her past credentials.


Even though much remains under wraps, James Gunn has said Lanterns is part of DC Studios' Chapter One: Gods and Monsters slate:

We call it Lanterns and it is starring two of our favorite Green Lanterns — Hal Jordan and John Stewart. It’s going to be with HBO Max, as all of our series are that we’re going to talk about today. It is more of a True Detective–type mystery with our two Lanterns. A terrestrial-based mystery.

This description aligns with Gunn's vision for the series, considering the writers and producers we've listed have extensive experience in crime dramas, sci-fi, and mystery genres. Now that the writing and producing team is officially attached to Lanterns, we can anticipate more announcements and updates in the near future.


This story is still developing.


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