[Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a now removed and replaced tweet on the new HBO Max twitter account that seemd to provide a contradictory desciption of Strange Adventures. A new tweet with copy consistent with the description of the series in the press release was posted subsequent to its removal.]
Just hours after Variety reported Warner Bros. would likely produce DC-based feature films for the upcoming streaming service HBO Max, it was officially announced Greg Berlanti is developing a pair of DC series and Elizabeth Banks is executive producing a half-hour comedy based on DC characters for the May 2020-launching service.
Berlanti - the mega-producer behind all of The CW's comic book-inspired series including the DC Arrowverse shows - is set to executive produce an adaptation of Strange Adventures as well as a "Green Lantern-inspired" series.
Strange Adventures is described as a "DC super hero anthology that will feature characters from across the DC canon. The one-hour drama will explore close-ended stories about the intersecting lives of ordinary humans and superhumans."
Details on the Green Lantern series were not revealed.
“Both of these original DC properties we’ll be creating for HBO Max will be unlike anything seen on television,” said Berlanti. “An anthology series of cautionary tales set in a world where superpowers exist, and, in what promises to be our biggest DC show ever made, we will be going to space with a Green Lantern television series, but I can’t reveal any more about that just yet.”
Berlanti previously co-wrote the much-derided 2011 Green Lantern feature film starring Ryan Reynolds.
Green Lantern Corps was also once announced by Warner Bros. as being developed as a feature film in the Justice League DCEU. It was to be written and produced by Geoff Johns based on his long-running DC series and once had an official release date of June 24, 2020.
According to Variety, Strange Adventures had been in development at the DC Universe streaming service before being moved to HBO Max.
Strange Adventures is returning as a 2020 DC comic book title starring Adam Strange by the creative team of Tom King, Mitch Gerads and Evan "Doc" Shaner.
Berlanti also currently executive produces Titans, Doom Patrol and the upcoming Stargirl for DCU. Doom Patrol, which has been renewed for a second season, will stream on both DCU and HBO Max.
Both Strange Adventures and Green Lantern will be produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
DC Super Hero High is a half-hour comedy series executive produced by Banks (Charlie’s Angels, Pitch Perfect) "which follows a group of students experiencing the fun and drama of adolescence at a boarding school for gifted kids. These teens are just trying to navigate the pressures of high school, but none of them realize that someday they will become legendary DC Super Heroes."
It was not revealed if DC Super Hero High will be based on DC's Super Hero Girls franchise which stars teen versions of female DC heroes who attend Super Hero High School together. DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High was an 2016 animated special that aired on Boomerang as an expansion of a then-animated web series.
The series has since beeen rebooted as DC Super Hero Girls on Cartoon Network.
DC Super Hero High is produced by Brownstone Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
[editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a now removed and replaced tweet on the new HBO Max twitter account that seemed to provide a contradictory desciption of Strange Adventures. A new tweet with copy consistent with the description of the series in the press release was posted subsequent to its removal.]