Some big news dropped today when The Hollywood Reporter announced that Geoff Johns was leaving his position at DC Entertainment to take up a writing and producing job with Warner Bros. and DC. This is pretty big news all around, but, as usual, there are some interesting details that are hidden in the details. One of the big ones is that the Green Lantern Corps. movie isn't as dead a people thought it was. Toby Emmerich, group chairman, says how excited they are to have Johns and his new production banner, Mad Ghost Productions, working on DC projects.
"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."
Green Lantern Corps. was one of the movies announced when the DC Extended Universe first became a thing, but it's also one of the ones no one is really talking about. The last movement we had on it was back in January of 2017, and it seems that Johns is taking on a key role in the production.
Johns, a huge Green Lantern and specifically Hal Jordan fan, started the series Green Lantern Rebirth to bring back Jordan after he was killed in 1994. The Rebirth series didn't just bring back Jordan but also introduced the various other colored rings and introduced the concept of black and white lantern rings.
If Johns was looking for a story to bring in not just one Green Lantern but a lot of them at once, this might be the one since it features Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner all as Lanterns. It's a story that's well liked among fans and would be an easy way to not only introduce the Lanterns but expand on the space side of the DC universe along with explaining the idea of "yellow" as a weakness. It would take a little fancy footwork in the beginning to make Jordan falling at all work, but Johns could likely find a way to write around it. People have been working on the script for years, so maybe the 2020 release date isn't an implausible as once thought.
Johns is also getting a writing and producing credit for Wonder Woman 2 and co-writing and executive producing credit for Aquaman. The DC Extended Universe has needed a guiding hand for a long time now, and it looks like Johns got offered a deal to do just that. Maybe there is still hope for these movies after all.