Geoff Johns at the NBCUniversal portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour.
Photo: Frederick M. Brown (Getty)

As DC Entertainment’s president, Geoff Johns has had a hand in the production of some of the company’s most stellar television, film, and comics projects in recent memory, including The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Doomsday Clock. Now, though, Johns is stepping into a new role that will give him more time for creating content.

Today, DC and Warner Bros. announced that Johns‚ÄĒwho was serving as president and chief creative officer‚ÄĒplans to step down from his executive position in order to have a more hands-on role in future projects as a writer and producer. In a press release about the latest shakeup, Johns explained the decision came from a personal desire to get back to his creative roots:

“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‚Äôm thrilled to get back to a more hands-on creative role. It‚Äôs a dream job on dream projects, reaching even deeper into DC‚Äôs vast pantheon of characters. I‚Äôm also excited to continue to work with the amazing team at DCE and my colleagues at Warner Bros.‚ÄĚ


What does this mean for your favorite WB/DC creations? After publisher Jim Lee becomes DC Entertainment‚Äôs new chief creative officer, Johns will enter into an exclusive writer/producer deal under his newly named banner Mad Ghost Productions, which will have him working on WB properties as well as new properties of his own creation. The biggest news is that Johns will write WB‚Äôs Green Lantern Corps film, based on a franchise the creator is well familiar with from his comic book past. He‚Äôll also produce; no update on a release date was given however, the Mad Ghost Productions website says ‚Äúthe film will feature Hal Jordan and John Stewart.‚ÄĚ

Despite (or perhaps because of) his title change, Johns still very much has his hand in a lot of the things DC has in the works for the immediate future. In the comics realm specifically, he‚Äôs writing a new Shazam! series, a book titled Three Jokers with illustrations from Jason Fabok, and starting a new comics ‚Äúpop-up‚ÄĚ under the larger DC umbrella called ‚ÄúThe Killing Zone‚ÄĚ that will focus on ‚Äúlesser known‚ÄĚ characters.


Between all of that, his involvement in Wonder Woman 2, and writing the Doom Patrol episode of the upcoming DC Universe show, Titans, it’s not really like Johns is leaving DC. If anything, his voice is only getting stronger, clearer, and more influential on what’s next to come from the company.