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DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns — who went from authoring comic books to having a major hand in the making of movies and television shows based on famous heroes — is stepping down from his executive post and entering into an exclusive writer-producer deal with Warner Bros. and DC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
“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 a statement.
One of Johns' first projects will be Green Lantern Corps, based on DC’s intergalactic police heroes which Johns is already very familiar with, having spent nine years writing Green Lantern comics and its spinoffs and publishing events. Johns will write the screenplay and act as one of the producers on the feature film. Johns is already writing and producing Wonder Woman 2 and will have a co-writing and executive producing credit on Aquaman, this year's only DC offering that opens in December.
“Geoff is a super talented writer and truly embedded in the DC Universe and its characters,” stated Emmerich. “We’re thrilled that he’s returning to his passion and his roots as a writer and producer. And, it’s even better that he’s staying in our Warner Bros. family. We look forward to working with him on ‘Green Lantern’ and other projects going forward.”
Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, and Jake Gyllenhaal are on the shortlist of actors DC Entertainment is considering pursuing for the role of Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern Corps,” multiple people with knowledge of the project exclusively tell TheWrap.
The casting process is still in the very early stages, and there are no talks with any of the actors as of yet. DC is considering whether Reynolds, who played Jordan in the 2011 film “Green Lantern,” should return to the role, an insider told TheWrap. His superhero stock soared last year when he starred in “Deadpool.”
Warner Bros and DC are moving aggressively on a new screen version of Green Lantern. They’ve set David Goyer to write the script with Justin Rhodes for Green Lantern Corps, with Goyer and his Phantom Four banner producing, with DC heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg exec producing. The new version is described as Lethal Weapon in space, and it’s based on a comic book origin story. The focus will be on two characters: Hal Jordan and John Stewart. The latter is an African American Marine sniper before he joined the Lantern Corps and the story very much focuses on his relationship with Jordan and the Corps. The story was conceived by Goyer and Johns.
Green Lantern on the big screen is a bit of a sore subject for Warner Bros., since the 2011 film starring Ryan Reynolds was such a disaster, both critically and financially. A reboot for the film is coming, and it’s tentatively set for a 2020 release date. But what will the approach be? One rumor suggests that multiple human Green Lanterns – including Jon Stewart, Hal Jordan, and possibly Guy Gardner – could headline a film together.
Now, some news out of the Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel – currently ongoing – seems to lend credence to that rumor. Before debuting footage for Suicide Squad and the full trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they screened a sizzle reel of all their upcoming superhero movies, and one of them was the Green Lantern reboot with a new title: Green Lantern Corps.
Shazam will hit in 2019 starring The Rock as Black Adam. Justice League – Part 2 will also arrive that year from director Zack Snyder. The cybernetically-enhanced Cyborg, a member of the Justice League in DC comics lore, gets his own standalone in 2020 with newcomer Ray Fisher starring. And finally, a Green Lantern film – yes, another – is slated to open in 2020, nine years after Ryan Reynolds donned the power ring.