Geoff Johns is stepping down from his position as president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment but will be taking on Green Lantern Corps for the DCEU, the studio announced on Monday. He is leaving his current post to focus on his writing and creative responsibilities. DC Entertainment’s Jim Lee will take over for Johns as the chief creative officer while continuing to act as publisher along with Dan DiDio.
Johns’ departure announcement comes less than a week after DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson stepped away from her post following a long sabbatical.
Notably, Johns has entered into an exclusive writer-producer deal with Warner Bros. and DC through his newly launched production banner Mad Ghost Productions where he will create comics, TV content and film.
Based on DC’s intergalactic police heroes, Green Lantern Corps movie will be one of the first projects to be made under the Mad Ghost Productions banner. Johns will write the script as well as produce the movie which is tentatively scheduled for 2020. DC characters Hal Jordan and John Stewart will be the lead in Green Lantern Corps.
Back in January, David S. Goyer assured fans that Green Lantern Corps project was still in the works. The news of Geoff Johns joining the team gives fans double confirmation.
Geoff Johns is already writing and producing Wonder Woman 2 and has a co-writing and executive producing credit on James Wan’s Aquaman which is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 21, 2018. Both Aquaman and Shazam! movies are based on Johns’ New 52 run.
He will also continue to work as a writer for DC Comics. He will write and curate a DC pop-up label under new banner called The Killing Zone which will focus on new and obscure DC properties. Johns will pen a new Shazam! comic series scheduled to hit this fall and a comic titled Three Jokers, drawn by Jason Fabok. Johns will also continue writing Doomsday Clock.
“I took on a role at DCE because I love the characters and this universe more than anything,” Johns said on his move. “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. I’m also excited to continue to work with the amazing team at DCE and my colleagues at Warner Bros.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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