More shuffling is coming out of the Warner Bros. camp today.
The studio has announced that Geoff Johns will exit the roles of President and Chief Creative Officer at DC Entertainment. However, he will remain with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. in a creative capacity, launching his own comic imprint and film production company with the studio.
DC Entertainment publisher Jim Lee will assume the chief creative officer position, taking on the duties while continuing to act as publisher alongside Dan DiDio.
Johns will now write a brand new Shazam series for DC Comics beginning this Fall, as well as the just-announced series Three Jokers with art from Jason Fabok. Johns' imprint, The Killing Zone, will focus on new and lesser known DC characters and titles.
Johns will executive produce and write WB's Green Lantern Corps which will be based on Johns' own Green Lantern comic book run. He is already writing and producing Wonder Woman 2 and will have a co-writing and executive producing credit on James Wan's Aquaman.
"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."
The change comes mere days after it was announced that DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson would be leaving Warner Bros. after more than two decades with the studio.
What do you think, Infinite Earths fans?
We wish both Mr. Johns and Mr. Lee the best of luck in their new positions.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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