DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns is leaving his position to start a new company. "It's a dream job on dream projects, reaching even deeper into DC's vast pantheon of characters", said Johns. As part of this deal, he will segue from his executive post as President and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment to focus on creative matters full-time.
Johns has had a significant hand in much of DC's television projects, including the upcoming Titans, which will debut on the DC Universe streaming service. Under his new deal, one of Johns' first film projects will be "Green Lantern Corps", which is based on a bestselling series that he oversaw. In January, Warner Bros., DC's corporate sibling, promoted Walter Hamada to oversee its comic book movies. DC Entertainment Publisher Jim Lee will expand his role to include the Chief Creative Officer title and responsibilities, and will continue to act as Publisher together with Dan DiDio as they have since 2010.
Geoff Johns is already quite busy as he's working as a writer and producer on the Wonder Woman sequel. He also has a co-writing and executive producing credit on this year's Aquaman.
Johns also commented on the move in a press release, as well as on Twitter. But if you're a Johns fan, then fret not, because he will be stepping into a more hands-on role in some of the creative stuff that's coming out of DC. film. He is also writing and executive producing the second installment of the "Wonder Woman" franchise. Johns will also be writing a Shazam! comic book series scheduled to be out in the fall. But it sounds like Johns was itching to get back to being a pure creative, and in addition to his movie projects, he has even more DC projects in the works. Additionally, Johns will write a new Shazam! comic book series, the first in a decade, and continue on the now unfolding Doomsday Clock 12-issue series, illustrated by Gary Frank, and the previously announced Three Jokers, illustrated by Jason Fabok. "I'm also excited to continue to work with the incredible team at DCE and my colleagues at Warner Bros".
As one of the most successful comic book writers of his time, Johns has built his career on re-inventing dormant characters to commercial and critical successes as seen with "Green Lantern", "Aquaman", "Teen Titans", "The Flash" and "Shazam!", among others.
The Hollywood Reporter explains that Johns will no longer serve as an executive at DC Entertainment, but he won't be stepping away from the comic book world - in fact, he's taking a more prominent creative role in getting projects off the ground.