Geoff Johns is exiting his role as the president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, where he oversaw the recent spate of DC comic book movies including Justice League and Wonder Woman. He will segue into an exclusive writer-producer deal with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment through his newly launched Mad Ghost Productions banner, where he will create comics, film and TV content.
DC Comics publisher Jim Lee will take over as chief creative officer of DC Entertainment. Lee will also continue to serve as DC Comics publisher alongside Dan DiDeo.
Johns’ exit from his DC Entertainment post comes days after the departure of DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson, to whom Johns reported. Warners exec Walter Hamada was put in charge of DC movies development in January.
“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 to The Hollywood Reporter.
The transition sees Johns exiting an executive role but continuing to generate content for DC Comics and Warner Bros. Johns continued creative involvement with DC Entertainment includes scripting the Green Lantern Corps movie in development at Warner Bros. Johns is uniquely qualified for that task having spent nine years writing Green Lantern books for DC Comics. Johns is already writing and producing Wonder Woman 2.
“Geoff is a super talented writer and truly embedded in the DC Universe and its characters,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in a statement. “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, according to THR, “write and curate a DC pop-up label under the moniker The Killing Zone, focusing on new and lesser known or dormant DC characters and titles.”
Furthermore, Johns will pen a new Shazam comic series due out this fall as well as Three Jokers, a new comic drawn by Jason Fabok.