Now that Geoff Johns has stepped down as DC Comics president and chief creative officer, he has more time for creative endeavors. Not that he ever stopped writing comics, TV shows and contributing to film scripts, but now he can dig his heels in even deeper. We already know that he is launching a pop-up imprint at DC called The Killing Zone and will be penning a new ‘Shazam!’ series as well as a project called ‘Three Jokers’. Now we have learned that his first major media project will be writing and producing the ‘Green Lantern Corps’ movie.
Johns wrote the ‘Green Lantern’ comic book for nine years, during which time it was one of DC’s best sellers. It was under Johns’ hand that the most famous Lantern, Hal Jordan, returned to life and soared to new heights in popularity. The screenplay for ‘Green Lantern Corps’, written by David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes was already believed to have borrowed heavily from Johns’ comic run, but now that bond may be even tighter. It is unclear at this point whether Johns will be building on Goyer’s existing screenplay or if he is starting from scratch with his own ideas.
Since this film was announced, it has been believed that the story would feature two Earth GLs, Hal Jordan and John Stewart and it was described tonally as “‘Lethal Weapon’ in space.” However, the latest rumor is that the film will actually highlight the newest GLs Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, two characters that Johns co-created. Indeed, if that is the case, then it makes sense that Johns would be writing a completely new script, especially if the previous draft focused on Hal and John.
Johns is co-writing the script for ‘Wonder Woman 2’ and has a story credit on ‘Aquaman’. It remains to be seen whether he will get a credit for ‘Shazam!’ too but it is known that that movie is also based on his work on the New 52 reboot of the concept. His DC Comics work has also inspired a number of the direct to video animated movies that Warner Brothers has released in recent years.
He has also written for the TV shows ‘Smallville’, ‘Justice League Unlimited’, ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Robot Chicken’ and ‘Titan Maximus’ and he is listed as the creator of the upcoming ‘Titans’.
‘Green Lantern Corps’ is still scheduled for release on July 24, 2020, but that will undoubtedly change.