After a prolific career writing for DC Comics, Geoff Johns moved his way up into the executive corporate side of things. Now he’s ready for a new change.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Entertainment has announced that Johns is stepping down from his positions as DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer in order to enter an exclusive writer-producer role with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Current DC Entertainment Publisher Jim Lee will step in to take over the Chief Creative Officer position that let Johns oversee the production of various DC related TV shows, movies and more over the years.
As part of his deal, Johns will create a new banner known as Mad Ghost Productions that will let him work on various content in the world of TV, movies and comic books including various new & reimagined concepts for DC.
This move takes Johns out of the executive role and places him firmly back into the creative side of things where he had thrived previously, giving him much more time to focus on the various comic book and other projects that have been sidelined by his workload on the executive side of things.
“I took on a role at DCE because I love the characters and this universe more than anything. But, I want to spend my days writing and on set. I’m thrilled to get back to a more hands-on creative role. It’s a dream job on dream projects, reaching even deeper into DC’s vast pantheon of characters,” said Johns in a statement.
Publishing-wise he will be creating a new pop-up label for DC, one of many that the publisher has been growing as of late, known as The Killing Zone that will focus on new and some lesser known or obscure characters that will get some revitalization work done to them. Alongside that, he will write a brand new Shazam! comic book series, after doing some work with the character in the New 52 reboot stage of things years ago, this fall as well as a series called Three Jokers with art from Jason Fabok that picks up on a revelation in 2016’s DC Universe Rebirth #1 that there are three versions of the Joker running around the DC Universe.
On the movie side, one of Johns first projects will be writing and producing the Green Lantern Corps film starring Hal Jordan and John Stewart and will likely pull from some of the various stories Johns wrote in his almost ten years writing Green Lantern comics. Previously he has written and produced Wonder Woman and Aquaman for Warner Bros. along with the upcoming Wonder Woman 2.
“Geoff is a super talented writer and truly embedded in the DC Universe and its characters,” said WB. Group Chairman Toby Emmerich. “We’re thrilled that he’s returning to his passion and his roots as a writer and producer. And, it’s even better that he’s staying in our Warner Bros. family. We look forward to working with him on ‘Green Lantern’ and other projects going forward.”
Johns will also continue his work writing for and producing the upcoming DC Universe streaming series Titans, Doom Patrol and more.