After the shakeup that was Geoff Johns demoted to a solely advisory role in DC Films with Walter Hamada being made head of the studio, we’re now seeing another massive shift as Johns has stepped down from being President and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment.
Brent Lang of Variety reported,
Geoff Johns is stepping down as DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer… He will be transitioning to a new role and will be given some sort of writing and producing deal with DC Comics and Warner Bros….
This is coming off the heels of Justice League‘s “bomb” at the box office, which Johns had a huge hand in (especially) after Zack Snyder‘s stepping down due to a tragedy in his family. It actually raises my antenna, as we’ve got a taste of what he’s bringing to the DCEU, and saw it didn’t fly for the most part (outside of Wonder Woman).
I expect that we’ll hear more of this transition come San Diego Comic Con, but what could be an equally as surprising twist in this whole slew of events is that Jim Lee (Co-Publisher of DC Comics) will be taking on the duty that is Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment.
Lang also went on to say,
Following [Geoff] Johns’ departure, DC Entertainment Publisher Jim Lee will expand his role to include the chief creative officer title.
As Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character, Calvin Candie, said in Django Unchained, “Gentlemen, you had my curiosity… but now you have my attention.”
Lee played a huge role in the construction of DC Comics’ reboot back in 2011, which is more well-known as the NEW52. This has me questioning whether or not we’ll see a return to the “dark and gritty” tone (along with the collars). I, for one, was a huge fan of both and look forward to seeing how this unfolds.