JOHNS on DC Comics TV Slate: ‘Well Past Time There’s a Female Superhero Out There’

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Geoff Johns had an extensive, if not particularly news-filled interview with Buzzfeed about the behind-the-scenes on WBTV’s ever-expanding DC Comics and Vertigo slate. While the interview didn’t reveal too much about what’s to come, it did give an overall sense of the way DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer looks at their TV and film productions. “It’s well past time there’s a female superhero out there, both in film and on television, and it’s awesome that we’re on the forefront of that. It’s super-great,” Johns said of the in-development Supergirl and female leads. He said that while some of their shows exist in the same universe, he wants each of them to be “very different;” hence, shows like Supergirl and Lucifer are in development at the same time.

As to the general approach, Johns, who helped bring back the DC Comics multiverse, describes their approach to film and TV the same way.

“We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it’s about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through,” he said.

Johns did praise Marvel and their properties, saying he really appreciates that, “we’re [both] trying to embrace the material.”

When it comes to developing new properties, “The last thing in the world that we want to do is say no to something,” Johns said. He cited Firestorm’s role in The Flash as an example. “For us, we’d rather expand than contract.” There haven’t been any cases of DC/Warner execs saying they don’t want a character to show up on TV, he said, just a matter of where and when. That means while it’s not likely any time soon, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman could show up on any existing TV shows in the future. “I can’t think of something where we’re flat out, ‘No. We’ll never do that.’”

While the TV and Movie universes are two (or more) separate entries in the live-action multiverse, Johns won’t rule out the possibility of a TV/Movie crossover… someday. “You never say never. Maybe one day we’ll link a show to a film if it makes sense,” he said. But don’t hold your breath. “The creative process we’re going through right now is to let the stuff live and breathe and be its own thing and own it.”

Johns confirmed that the appearance of Dr. Fate’s helmet in the pilot of Constantine is an example of the rapid growth of the TV side of the DC Multiverse. “That wasn’t just an easter egg. I prefer all our easter eggs actually lead somewhere, that they’re foreshadowing. So a lot of the things we’ve planted in these series are there to lead to and introduce new characters.” That should make fans’ easter egg hunts, finding things like Waynetech referenced on The Flash and O.M.A.C. on blueprints on Arrow suddenly carrying a lot more weight. He confirmed that Gorilla Grodd will appear on The Flash, and his cage wasn’t just a throwaway reference.

As far as the near future, Johns is excited about next week’s episode of The Flash. “Oh man, there’s a sequence in Episode 4 that I’m partial to because I love Captain Cold [Wentworth Miller] — there’s a sequence at the end that is so insane, that I’m like, “Are we actually going to be able to pull this off?” And they did. It feels like a movie.” He teased that Fish Mooney could make the jump from TV to comics the same way John Diggle did. He also confirmed that Supergirl will feature a fully-powered and flying Kara.

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