Geoff Johns was born in Detroit, Michigan, on the 25th of January 1973. Born to Barbara and Fred Johns, he was brought up in the suburbs of Clarkston and Grosse Pointe. While growing up, Johns and his brothers stumbled upon an old box of comics at his grandmother’s house with copies of Batman, Green Lantern, Superman, and the Flash from the 1960s and 1970s. Later, he got interested in comics, and he would often frequent one of the comic shops in Traverse City, where he would buy and exchange the comic materials. His continued collection of comic books and films drew him closer to DC Comics before later developing an interest in Vertigo.
Education Background & Career Growth
In 1991, Geoff graduated from Clarkston High School. He later enrolled in Michigan State University, where he pursued film production, film theory, media arts, and screenwriting. He completed his university in the year 1995 and then moved to Los Angeles in California. While in Los Angeles, he contacted Richard Donner seeking the position of an intern. He began working on copying scripts before being hired as Richard’s assistant. In 1997, while working on Conspiracy Theory, a film produced by Donner, Geoff met DC Comics’ Eddie Berganza in New York City and re-developed his interest in comics.
Geoff Johns later made tours at the DC Comics establishments. Here, he pitched ideas on the Stars and S. T. R. I. P. E series. In the year 2000, he was offered an assignment to work as a regular writer on The Flash. In the same year, he wrote a Beast Boy together with Ben Raab. He later wrote a series of films, including The Avengers in 2002, The Avengers Icons in 2003, and Hal Jordan in 2005. After writing and producing a couple of other films in the subsequent years, Geoff Johns was appointed the Chief Creative Officer at the DC Entertainment franchise.
During his time at DC Entertainment, he began film production. He was an executive producer in the movie Batman V Superman, released in the year 2016. In 2017, he co-produced Justice League together with Jon Berg. He has also written the eight episodes of the series Legion and the eleventh episode of Smallville. Geoff Johns’ work as a film producer, screenwriter, and comic book writer continued with creating characters in Superman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern.
2010-2018 Serves as DC Chief Creative Officer
Between the years 2010 and 2018, he acted as Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. He also served as the firm’s President between the years 2016 and 2018. Geoff Johns is one of the founders of DC Films, and he is also a former co-chairperson of the industry. In addition, some of the other films that Geoff Johns has acted as an executive producer include Justice League, Batman vs. Superman, Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, and Shazam.
DC Extended Universe has amassed over $5.7 billion at the box office. The Aquaman movie remains the highest-selling film up to date, with gross revenue of more than $1.15 billion.
2018 — Steps Down To Focus On Creative Projects at Warner Bros. and DC
He stepped down from his administrative role in DC Entertainment in 2018 to start his firm called Mad Ghost Productions, a film production company. Despite exiting the executive position, Geoff Johns continues to write and produce films with Warner Bros.