DC Entertinment has announced that Geoff Johns will exit the roles of President and Chief Creative Officer. Johns will remain with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. in a creative capacity, launching his own comic book imprint as well as a film production shingle under Warner Bros.
Johns' DC imprint, The Killing Zone, will "focus on new and lesser known DC characters and titles." Johns will also write a new Shazam! series starting this fall, as well as the just-announced series Three Jokers with art from Jason Fabok.
Under Johns' new film production banner Mad Ghost Productions, Johns will executive produce and write WB's Green Lantern Corps which will be based on Johns' own Green Lantern comic book run, along with producing and writing Wonder Woman 2.
“Geoff is a super talented writer and truly embedded in the DC Universe and its characters,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group in a statement. “We’re thrilled that he’s returning to his passion and his roots as a writer and producer. And, it’s even better that he’s staying in our Warner Bros. family. We look forward to working with him on Green Lantern and other projects going forward.”
“Geoff is one of DC Comics’ most prolific writers, and we can’t wait to see what he does next now that he will be dedicating 100 percent of his time to telling the best DC stories possible across all media," added DC Comics co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. “The new publishing projects we are working on together will be instant fan-favorites.”
“I took on a role at DCE because I love the characters and this universe more than anything," Johns explained. "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. I’m also excited to continue to work with the amazing team at DCE and my colleagues at Warner Bros.”
Johns' departure from the role of CCO comes just after DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson officially left her position last week. Johns' role as CCO will be filled by current DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, who will maintain both positions.