DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns is stepping down from his current roles, to take up a new one – a writer-producer for Warner Bros. and DC.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johns is setting up a new production banner – Mad Ghost Productions – in order to work on content for films, television and comics. Johns’ first project will be forthcoming DC movie, Green Lantern Corps.
Johns said: “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.” He added: “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.”
With Johns heading back down a more creative route, DC Entertainment Publisher, Jim Lee will take up the position of Chief Creative Officer. Lee will take on this role while maintaining his publisher role alongside Dan DiDio.
Personally, I think this is a wise move for both Johns and DC/Warner Bros. Warner is shortly set to launch DC Universe – a dedicated streaming service to compete with Amazon/Netflix etc – so new content, specifically TV & film based content is going to become a key focus in the immediate future.
DC/Warner Bros. has stumbled with movie properties as of late, so having someone like Johns as a driving force behind some of DC’s projects means there is someone in charge who knows the comics inside and out. Hopefully this will win back fans who have felt a little underwhelmed with the recent big screen output.