Geoff Johns lands WB deal, out as DC Entertainment chief creative officer; Jim Lee in

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Feb 26, 2020, 3:48 PM EST (Updated)

Since Justice League came and went without superheroic box office numbers, there have been major changes at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Those changes keep coming, and today’s moves are a couple of doozies. 

After his boss, Diane Nelson, exited last week as DC Entertainment's president, now we're finding out Geoff Johns is leaving his post as chief creative officer and president, and entering into an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. and DC. Within the same DC Entertainment press release, we're also learning that DC co-publisher — and superstar comics creator — Jim Lee is moving into Johns’ old job.

With an eye on creating films, television, and comic books for current DC properties as well as new and re-imagined IP, Johns is launching Mad Ghost Productions. The move allows Johns, a superstar comics creator in his own right, to spend a whole lot more time creating instead of exec-ing. And one of his first projects will be Warner Bros. Pictures' Green Lantern Corps., based on Johns' long-running and bestselling series. 

Johns will also continue to have his development mitts in a slew of big-name WB super projects, including (but perhaps not limited to) Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2, and Shazam! on the movie side and Titans and Doom Patrol on DC's new streaming service. And let's not forget his publishing duties, which will include continuing work on Doomsday Clock, an upcoming Shazam! series, Three Jokers with artist Jason Fabook, and a new pop-up slate focusing on lesser-known DC Universe characters and titles called The Killing Zone.

“I took on a role at DCE because I love the characters and this universe more than anything. 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,” said Johns in the release. 

Meanwhile, Lee will take over Johns’ old role, while remaining on as DC’s co-editor, the responsibility he’s shared with Dan DiDio since 2010. Lee announced the news on Twitter in a series of gracious tweets:

With a reputation in the comics business that spreads far and wide, Lee's greater influence on the moving pictures side of things can only help right the ship in the DCEU.

What do you think of this latest shakeup?