Wittrock will star as Man Gardner, who’s described as a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered within the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. Wittrock is the primary actor to be solid within the present.
Primarily based on the DC Comics property, the brand new TV sequence was first introduced as being in growth in 2019 and ordered final 12 months. The story spans a long time and galaxies, starting on Earth in 1941 with the very first Inexperienced Lantern, secretly homosexual FBI agent Alan Scott, and 1984, with cocky alpha male Gardner and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a large number of different Lanterns — from comedian guide favorites to never-before-seen heroes.
Gardner was created by John Broome and Gil Kane, however the definitive model of the character was from Keith Giffen’s “Justice League” comics of the 1980s and ’90s. They featured a staff of principally B-list heroes partaking in adventures that had been extra comedic in nature than what was usually present in superhero comics of the time. The character was a parody of the hyper-macho characters that had been changing into more and more widespread, and was marked by his distinctive bowl haircut and bizarre boots. In a single well-known Gardner “Justice League” story, he challenges Batman to a boxing match. Batman knocks him out chilly with one punch.
Wittrock is greatest identified for his collaborations with Ryan Murphy, having starred in a number of seasons of “American Horror Story,” for which he earned an Emmy nomination in 2015. He later labored with Murphy on the second season of “American Crime Story,” which additionally earned him an Emmy nod. Most just lately, Wittrock teamed with Murphy for the Netflix sequence “Ratched.” His characteristic credit embrace “The Massive Quick,” “The Final Black Man in San Francisco,” “If Beale Avenue May Discuss,” and “Unbroken.”
He’s repped by CAA, Weissenbach Administration, Schreck Rose, and Related PR.
HBO Max has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of “Inexperienced Lantern.” The sequence will likely be co-written and government produced by Greg Berlanti, Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim, with Grahame-Smith serving as showrunner. Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, and David Katzenberg additionally government produce, with Elizabeth Hunter and Sara Saedi co-executive producing. Berlanti Productions will produce in affiliation with Warner Bros. Tv, the place Berlanti is underneath a wealthy general deal.