From Shazam! series to Killing Zone, deciphering Geoff Johns’ next steps

At times it’s hard to sort through all the PR spin on a guy being re-assigned/stepping down from a position. I know I was excited about Geoff Johns being named the president and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. Who better than Johns to fill that DC Entertainment role that’s worked out so well with Marvel Studios with Kevin Feige?

But that actually didn’t work out too well for DC Entertainment. After Justice League failed to capitalize on Wonder Woman’s box office success, heads had to roll and Johns was on the chopping block.

Johns is the latest casualty of a massive restructuring. Jim Lee will now take Johns’ role as DC Entertainment CCO and president. Johns announced he’s launching Mad Ghost Productions along with an exclusive writer/producer deal with Warner Bros./DC Entertainment. This will essentially allow him to do what he’s been doing with comic books, TV and films.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing however as Johns has been one of DC’s strongest creative forces in the last two decades. As evidence by Doomsday Clock, Johns hasn’t lost a step. He’s going to be focusing more on comics as well with a new banner, The Killing Zone, to spotlight lesser known DC characters. Considering what he did before, unleashing Johns on characters that might have fallen out of favor with readers is a great idea.

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‘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’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,’ Johns said in a statement.  ‘I’m also excited to continue to work with the amazing team at DCE and my colleagues at Warner Bros.’

Just as important though, Johns is going to be writing the Shazam! series set for this fall. With a Shazam! film set for 2019, putting Johns on the title was a smart move for DC. Also, Johns will be collaborating with artist Jason Fabok to pay off the unresolved mystery from their Justice League with the upcoming Three Jokers.

three jokers coming from geoff johns and jason fabok

In other likely good news, Johns is working on Green Lantern Corps, essentially adapting his acclaimed run on the title.  Johns also has his hands on the upcoming slate of DC Entertainment films as the co-writer/executive producer of Aquaman and writer/executive producer on Wonder Woman 2.

Johns also co-developed and wrote the Titans, the first DC Universe digital service series. One of those episodes features the Doom Patrol, which is also getting its own 13 episode run.

‘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,’ DiDio and Lee said in a statement.  ‘The new publishing projects we are working on together will be instant fan-favorites.’

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