Cartoon Network Planning ‘Green Lantern’ Animated Series

As if a live action Green Lantern movie featuring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan wasn’t enough, now word comes that Cartoon Network is planning an animated Green Lantern TV series. The announcement came during Time Warner’s annual “Investors Day”, which took place in New York yesterday. See, Time Warner owns Cartoon Network, just in case you didn’t realize that. Okay, moving on.

Slides of the new show, dubbed Green Lantern: The Animated Series (clever, right?), were shown to the crowd during the event by TW’s CEO of Turner Networks Unit Phil Kent. In addition, Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer also mentioned the show later in the day as an example of  “increasing collaboration and coordination between his unit and Turner.” So many jokes right now but I’m going to leave that alone.

The show will reportedly be based on both the DC Comics character and Warner’s Green Lantern movie, which is currently scheduled for a June 17, 2011 release. The TV series is expected to launch in the second year after the film release. So, that’s a long time from now. Presumably, if the movie does poorly we probably won’t ever see the series at all. Still, it could be fun so let’s hope both end up coming to fruition.

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