Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Developed by Bruce Timm
Giancarlo Volpe
Jim Krieg
Directed by Sam Liu
Rick Morales
Voices of
Theme music composer Frederik Wiedmann
Composer(s) Frederik Wiedmann
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Bruce Timm
  • Sam Register
  • Jeff Prezenkowski
  • For Cartoon Network: Brian E.S. Jones and Tramm Wigzell
Producer(s) Giancarlo Volpe
Jim Krieg
Editor(s) Joe Gall
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) DC Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network Cartoon Network
Original release March 3, 2012 (2012-03-03)[2] – March 16, 2013 (2013-03-16)
External links
Official website

Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern. The series aired on Cartoon Network, as part of their "DC Nation" television block. A one-hour[3] sneak peek aired on November 11, 2011[4][5] it ran from March 3, 2012, until March 16, 2013, with a preview special airing on November 11, 2011.[2][6] A special screening of the first episode was shown at New York Comic Con 2011 on October 15, 2011.[7] This was the first Green Lantern television series and the first CGI DC/WB series. The series was cancelled after one season due to poor toy sales from the live-action movie.[8]


The series focuses on the adventures of Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, and his partner Kilowog. Hal Jordan travels to "Frontier Space" the region of space at the edge of the Guardians' territory, where Green Lanterns are being picked off by the Red Lanterns. Atrocitus, their leader, wants revenge for the destruction of his world by the Manhunters, the now-decommissioned android enforcers of the Guardians. After defeating Atrocitus, Hal and Kilowog adopt Razer, a maverick Red Lantern into their fold. Their next great threat is the Anti-Monitor, who seeks to literally consume the Universe.


Main characters

Guardians of the Universe

Green Lantern Corps

Red Lantern Corps

Blue Lantern Corps

Star Sapphires

Orange Lantern Corps



In early stages of production, the show was conceived as a "Bruce Timm-does-CG-project".[16] Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of Time Warner's Turner Networks unit, originally announced that Green Lantern: The Animated Series would be a part of Cartoon Network's original programming.[17] A preview of the show was featured at the 2010 New York Comic Con featuring test footage, characters/story description, and art work. Bruce Timm, who produced the entire DC Animated Universe, also announced at New York Comic Con that he would be producing the show. Timm was originally reluctant to use CG instead of traditional animation, but eventually came around.[18] A total of 26 episodes had been ordered for the first season. By the time of New York Comic Con, thirteen had already been planned, and five had already been recorded.[19] The series is not intended to be an origin story, due to Warner Brothers already releasing a film based on the characters' origin.[20] The series is the first television series by Bruce Timm and the first series featuring Green Lantern to be rendered using CG.[3] The producers have confirmed that it was requested that the character Sinestro not be used.[21] This was later overturned in 2013, when Sinestro finally did appear. The producers also confirmed that if the series was a hit, other Lanterns like Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner might be introduced.[21]

Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an epic space adventure that has something for everyone, and we are delighted for fans to see it November 11 on Cartoon Network. We can't wait to show the world this fresh take on an iconic hero – one that represents not only the first Bruce Timm series to be produced in CG, but also the first time Green Lantern has been rendered in CG.
Sam Register[3]


Main cast

Additional voices

International broadcast

Region Network(s) Series premiere Reference(s)
Albania Albania Bang Bang April 7, 2013 (Official premiere)
Australia Australia GO! January 27, 2012 (Sneak peek) [28]
Brazil Brazil Cartoon Network July 30, 2012 (Official Premiere) [29]
Bulgaria Bulgaria Cartoon Network December 13, 2012 (Official premiere) [30]
Canada Canada Teletoon November 11, 2011 (Sneak peek)
March 23, 2012 (Official premiere)
Hungary Hungary Cartoon Network December 13, 2012 (Official premiere)
India India Cartoon Network November 4, 2012 (Official premiere)
Nigeria Nigeria Boing May 30, 2015 (Official premiere)
Poland Poland Cartoon Network December 10, 2012 (Official premiere)
Portugal Portugal RTP2 May 31, 2014 (Official premiere)
South Africa South Africa Cartoon Network August 6, 2012 (Official premiere)
Russia Russia Cartoon Network December 13, 2012 (Official premiere)
United States United States Cartoon Network November 11, 2011 (Sneak peek)
March 3, 2012 (Official premiere)
Germany Germany Kabel Eins January 6, 2013 (Official premiere) [33]
Netherlands Netherlands Cartoon Network January 7, 2013 (Official premiere)
United Kingdom United Kingdom Cartoon Network (UK & Ireland)
United Arab Emirates UAE and
Middle East
Cartoon Network Arabic May 11, 2014 (Official premiere)
Turkey Turkey Cartoon Network (Turkey)
JOJO (Turkish children's channel)



Green Lantern, since its first showing at the 2011 Comic Con, has received positive reviews. Chris Sims of ComicsAlliance commented that he'd never been a huge fan of Green Lantern, but rather of DC Animation Universe creator Bruce Timm, and when he heard that Timm was producing the series he began looking forward to it, saying that the one-hour premiere "does it right."[20] Tony Guerrero of Comic Vine said it was "a good first episode and definitely worth checking out."[34] Brian Lowry of Variety praised the animation style, saying that "Warner Bros. has gone full bore into the CGI dimension with a bold, sleek design that more than anything resembles The Incredibles."[35]

Awards and nominations

Award Category Result Note
39th Annie Awards Best General Audience Animated TV Production[36] Nominated
Music In a Television Production – Frederik Wiedmann[36] Nominated
40th Annie Awards Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production – Frederik Wiedmann[37] Nominated For "Into the Abyss"

Other media

Comic books

Comic books have been announced and were released throughout the broadcasting of the series. Its 32-paged[38] debut comic, Green Lantern: The Animated Series #0 was released on November 30, 2011, written by Art Baltazar with art by Dario Brizuela.[39][40] The first issue received mixed to positive reviews, with one reviewer giving a B+ stating it is "good kids material" and "a fun way to introduce new readers, especially younger readers, to the Green Lantern universe without having to worry about the violence level."[41] The issue gathered a high sales debut, with an approximate 13,500 copies sold.[42] A story from the comics was included in the DC Nation 2012 Free Comic Day comic.[38] The comic ran for fourteen issues from June, 2012 to September, 2013.

Licensed merchandise

DC Direct released two limited edition maquettes, to accompany the official release of Green Lantern: The Animated Series in spring 2012. The first maquette is Hal Jordan, sculpted by Paul Harding, and was released on March 7, 2012.[43] The other, Atrocitus, is sculpted by Dave Cortez and was released on May 23, 2012.[44] Mattel had plans to manufacture action figures based on the series in 2011, but none were produced.[45]


La-La Land Records, the record label behind the Batman: The Animated Series soundtracks, released the show's soundtrack on July 31, 2012. The label would later release a second volume of music from the series on July 2, 2013.


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