Geoff Johns is the new co-chief of DC's Superhero Movies division, in a move that has nearly everyone feeling optimistic following some maybe not so optimistic feelings after Batman v Superman.
Johns' co-chief in replacing Zack Snyder at the top of DC films' totem pole will be Warner Bros. VP Jon Berg.
First off, Johns is a Michigan native. He's a Michigan State University alumnus and has written some of the most successful, transcendent and critically acclaimed comic books in the modern age.
Don't believe me? Read Green Lantern: Rebirth, Flash: Rebirth, Flashpoint, Justice Society of America 5-77, the list goes on and on. You see his name on the cover, and that's a book that I'll recommend wholeheartedly.
He's had his hands on Smallville, Arrow and The Flash in the TV universe and owns the retailer, Earth-2 Comics in California. He also loves Bulldogs, if you follow his Instagram.
He has served as DC's Chief Creative Officer since 2010, in which some of the most fantastic books in the 21st century have been published under his leadership. I'm not going to go into a list, but the rebirths of Hal Jordan and Barry Allen, in addition to the amazing Batman New 52, yeah.
We're optimistic, but you know what else is really important?
So is Geoff.
In an article from Vulture through The Hollywood Reporter reports. Johns said the things that all DC fans (comic fans) want to hear about Superman. Say what you will about Superman, but the movie universe is clearly designed to run through him. Here's what the new co-chief had to say:
What's so special about Johns, is that he values the past in such a way that he knows how to make these characters, settings and storylines transcend time. No one could have brought Hal Jordan or Barry Allen back the way he did.
What's funny about it, is the fact that there isn't some hidden, flashy layer to his writing style or prose. It's his attention to detail and his obvious connection to what fans want to read, how they want to read it, what they want emphasized, the speed they want it to happen ... I could go on and on, but in the journalism field it's referred to as news judgement.
Johns not only has comic book news judgement, he's mastered it. He is the Ra's al Ghul of story judgement, he is the master of his domain.
Now, comic books are a different medium than the movie universe but this is someone who has helped usher Flash and Arrow into commercial success and really solid TV shows. You want someone to sell you on Geoff Johns, just shoot The CW an email and ask how valuable he is to them.
He's done games, wrote TV episodes, helped with Robot Chicken, is writing a damn Batman movie with Ben Affleck.
This universe is in good hands. Hands that understand it. Hands that have proven they know how to make it work across multiple mediums. Hands that not only care about the characters, their lineage, their future and so on, but hands that care about the comic book fans.