Geoff Johns Leaves DC Entertainment Leadership Role

by Erik Amaya

 

The shakeup at DC Entertainment continues.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns will be stepping down from his role in the company’s leadership hierarchy to write and produce content exclusively for Warner Bros. Pictures with an emphasis on DC-related projects. Johns’ new production company, Mad Ghost Productions, will develop “films, television and comic books, and have his hand in current DC properties as well as new and reimagined creations.”

DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee will take Johns’ place as chief creative office with the rest of the structure remaining in tact for now.

Johns’s departure from the executive structure comes just days after DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson announced her departure from the DC and Warner Bros. In a statement, Johns wrote, “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.”

THR reports his first hands-on role will be taking the creative reigns over Green Lantern Corps, the-long in development, but short on details DC Films universe reboot of Green Lantern. The film was originally scheduled for release in 2020, but has seen little movement since it was announced in 2014. Johns will write and produce the film, which features a set of characters near and dear to his heart. Johns reinvigorated the GLC in the comics and may do so for feature films.

His writing credits on upcoming DC films include Wonder Woman 2 and December’s Aquaman.

But his departure from the executive structure suggests further changes to DC Entetainment’s top level management may continue as Warner Bros. looks for a new person to lead the company.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.