Geoff Johns’ role at DC Comics and Warner Bros. is changing as he transitions out of his role of President and Chief Creative Officer at DC Entertainment and refocuses his work on creative projects for the company. With Johns exiting the role, Jim Lee will take over the vacated post while also continuing his position as the co-publisher of DC Comics alongside Dan DiDio. Part of the move for Johns includes him creating his own production company called Mad Ghost Productions. While on the outside of WB, Warner Bros. was sure to keep Johns around by locking in an exclusive with the newly formed production house.
One of the first new projects that Geoff Johns will oversee is Green Lantern Corps film, based off his nine-year run on the comic series. Johns will act as a producer on the film while also writing the script. Green Lantern isn’t the only film property that Johns had a hand in as he also co-wrote Aquaman as well as the upcoming sequel to Wonder Woman.
Also on Johns’ plate is Titans which he serves as a writer and executive producer on. The show is set to release this year on DC Universe, the streaming platform for the company, as well as the Titans spin-off featuring the Doom Patrol. Previously he worked to launch the CW slate of superhero shows including The Flash, Supergirl, and Arrow.
On the comic side of things, Johns will oversee “The Killing Zone”, a new pop-up imprint of comics which focus on new and more obscure DC characters. Of particular interest to Batman fans is Johns’ writing work on Three Jokers. The storyline has been hinted at since the start of Rebirth. While very few details have been revealed for the series, on the new site a brief synopsis addresses what readers might be able to expect as well as confirming that Jason Fabok is attached to the project.
Illustrated by the brilliant Jason Fabok, “Three Jokers” is a mystery unlike anything the Dark Knight has faced. One that will shed a new light on The Batman and those closest to him as everything he’s ever believed about The Joker comes into question.
Also listed on the website is the long-awaited third volume to Batman: Earth One as well as the continuation of Doomsday Clock.
“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. “I’m also excited to continue to work with the amazing team at DCE and my colleagues at Warner Bros.”
With Diane Nelson previously leaving her role at DC Entertainment and now Geoff Johns also stepping down it’s clear that there is a major behind-the-scenes shakeup going on at the company. The upside is that Johns is a celebrated creative force at DC, so staying with the company and focusing his work on telling stories can only lead to good things.
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