Celebrated writer Geoff Johns will step down as DC’s chief creative officer, Deadline reports. Now, he will assume a producing position at Warner Bros. He will continue producing DC’s slate of live-action films.
Johns, along with superstar artist Jim Lee, helped kick off the company’s New 52 continuity with the wildly popular Justice League series. He has also contributed to Aquaman’s revival, with his 2011 Aquaman book (drawn by Ivan Reis) garnering praise from fans and critics alike. His 8-year tenure as a creative executive brought with it tectonic changes to the way DC Entertainment operated. Johns is currently writing Doomsday Clock, a 12-issue limited series bringing together the Watchmen and various superheroes. Artist Gary Frank serves as the book’s artist.
Comic works aside, Johns has produced many films in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) and co-wrote the story for the Jason Momoa-led Aquaman, set for release in December 2018. Johns served as the “Kevin Feige” of DC, a position many hoped would spell good news for the franchise but ended up with mixed results.
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