Regardless if you enjoy the majority of recent DC films under Warner Bros. or not- there is one thing that can be agreed on. The fact that many of the creative and executive minds behind these films were at odds with each other has been brought to the public eye since the release of Justice League. Everyone can agree that some sort of studio shake-up is needed if DC films should all find the equal opportunity to prosper in the future. The first step in this process already took place when New Line Cinema producer Walter Hamada was installed as the president of all DC related films in January. DC Entertainment also lost its president when Diane Nelson stepped down just last week. The next shake-up has been revealed by The Hollywood Reporter and this could be the one that could truly get DC skeptics back on board.
Geoff Johns is stepping down from his executive position at DC Entertainment for a writing and producing deal with Warner Bros. and DC. He will no longer hold his presidential role and be the chief creative officer of the company and this is a good thing. This deal finds him shifting back into a more creative field. Fewer boardroom meetings and more time at the keyboard and on set basically.
Fans know that Johns truly never left the creative offices at DC. He has had a huge hand in launching the numerous DC television shows. He has also still found the time to write huge comic titles for publishing. He also had a hand in releasing the recent DC films. Even though this is the case, Johns’ new deal will give him an even more hands-on role. He expressed his excitement to make this shift in a statement released from the studio.
“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”
His first project will be writing the live-action Green Lantern Corps film. This is one of the only official updates that eager fans have been waiting for since the film’s announcement years ago. According to the studio, who else better to write this film than the one person who spent nine years writing Green Lantern comics? Johns does have an impressive run with these characters but having him write a film is a bold move. One should know that writing books are different than writing screenplays. However, Johns is an experienced writer so this bold move may just pay off.
Johns also has producing and writing credits on the two next upocming DC film releases- Wonder Woman 2 and Aquaman. He also developed and has producing and writing credits on Titans, the first original series for the DC digital service. In case one needs further context, the show is based on the popular and charismatic Teen Titans. The episode he wrote for Titans titled “Doom Patrol” is also getting a thirteen episode spin-off for the digital service based on the characters of the same name.
Meanwhile, Jim Lee will fill Johns’ previous seat as the chief creative officer for DC Entertainment while also still fulfilling his publishing duties for the comics division. Lee is an icon in the comic publishing world and is a great choice to take the seat. How excited are you to see a Green Lantern Corps film written entirely by Johns himself? Do you think he is the right choice for the project considering his history with the characters? Let us know on social media and make sure to stay tuned for more updates on all DC related projects!