The question then comes of how this series’ writers, producers, and other creatives will achieve this feat. It may be a tad odd to introduce multiple timelines and to not have the respective characters converge at some point, so it is likely that they will not leave the characters separated for very long. This could indicate the presence of time travel in the series, allowing the Lanterns to cross temporal boundaries to meet with one another. Time travel is not typically a Green Lantern story trope, but its inclusion would make sense in the context of the DC universe. This would also allow for multiple Lanterns to occupy Sector 2814, the part of the universe that Earth resides in, at once.
The Direct has exclusively learned that the Green Lantern series for HBO Max will feature multiple time periods as a part of its plot.
Sources indicate that the show will feature the 1940s, the 1980s, and the modern day as settings. How the series will alternate between these time periods is currently unknown.
Alan Scott is also mentioned as being included in the series as a gay man, who has to traverse 1940s America whilst hiding this fact from the society around him. Meanwhile, Guy Gardner will be featured in the 1980s as a hyper-masculine and abrasive character, similar to his portrayal in the comics.
Multiple time periods featured in this show will make for an incredibly ambitious storytelling device for the Green Lantern series. Having a variety of different temporal settings allows the narrative and its visual counterpart to be diverse, being able to feature various iconography and address relevant social issues specific to the time periods. These specific settings also also line up with the Golden Age, Silver Age and Bronze/Modern Age of comics, allowing the series to cover a lot of ground in Green Lantern’s history.