Johns in August 2011
January 25, 1973
|Alma mater||Michigan State University|
|Employer||DC Entertainment (2010–2018)|
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.
|Relatives||Courtney Johns (sister)|
Geoffrey Johns (born January 25, 1973) is an American comic book writer, screenwriter and film and television producer. He served as the President and Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of DC Entertainment from 2016 to 2018 after his initial appointment as CCO in 2010. Some of his most notable work has used the DC Comics characters Green Lantern, Aquaman, Flash, and Superman.
In 2018, he stepped down from his executive role at DC Entertainment to open a production company, Mad Ghost Productions, to focus on writing and producing film, television and comic book titles based on DC properties. He co-developed the TV series The Flash (2014–present) and Titans (2018–present), and created the television series Stargirl (2020–present). His other work in television includes writing and producing various episodes of Blade, Smallville, and Arrow. In film, he was a producer on Green Lantern (2011) and Justice League (2017), and co-wrote the story for Aquaman (2018) and the screenplay for Wonder Woman 1984 (2020).
Geoff Johns was born January 25, 1973, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Barbara and Fred Johns. He is of half Lebanese ancestry and grew up in the suburbs of Grosse Pointe and Clarkston. As a child, Johns and his brother first discovered comics through an old box of comics they found in their grandmother's attic, which included copies of The Flash, Superman, Green Lantern, and Batman from the 1960s and 1970s. Johns eventually began to patronize a comics shop in Traverse City, recalling that the first new comics he bought were Crisis on Infinite Earths #3 or 4 and The Flash #348 or 349, as the latter was his favorite character. As Johns continued collecting comics, he gravitated toward DC Comics and later Vertigo, and drew comics. After graduating from Clarkston High School in 1991, he studied media arts, screenwriting, film production and film theory at Michigan State University. He graduated from Michigan State in 1995, and then moved to Los Angeles, California.
In Los Angeles, Johns cold-called the office of director Richard Donner looking for an internship, and while Johns was being transferred to various people, Donner picked up the phone by accident, leading to a conversation and the internship. Johns started off copying scripts, and after about two months, was hired as a production assistant for Donner, whom Johns regards as his mentor.
While working on production of Donner's 1997 film Conspiracy Theory, Johns visited New York City, where he met DC Comics personnel such as Eddie Berganza, reigniting his childhood interest in comics.
Berganza invited Johns to tour the DC Comics offices, and offered Johns the opportunity to suggest ideas, which led to Johns pitching Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., a series based on the second Star-Spangled Kid and her stepfather, to editor Chuck Kim a year later. Johns expected to write comics "on the side", until he met David Goyer and James Robinson, who were working on JSA. After looking at Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., Robinson offered Johns co-writing duties on JSA in 2000, and Johns credits both him and Mike Carlin with shepherding him into the comics industry. That same year, Johns became the regular writer on The Flash ongoing series with issue 164. John's work on The Flash represents one example of his modeling of various elements in his stories after aspects of his birth town, explaining, "When I wrote The Flash, I turned Keystone City into Detroit, made it a car town. I make a lot of my characters from Detroit. I think self-made, blue-collar heroes represent Detroit. Wally West's Flash was like that. I took the inspiration of the city and the people there and used it in the books." John's Flash run concluded with #225.
He co-wrote a Beast Boy limited series with Ben Raab in 2000 and crafted the "Return to Krypton" story arc in the Superman titles with Pasqual Ferry in 2002. After writing The Avengers vol. 3 #57–76 (Oct. 2002-Feb. 2004) and Avengers Icons: The Vision #1–4 (Oct. 2002-Jan. 2003) for Marvel Comics, Johns oversaw the re-launch of Hawkman and Teen Titans.
Johns was responsible for the return of Hal Jordan in 2005 as the writer of the Green Lantern: Rebirth mini-series and subsequent Green Lantern ongoing title. Johns was the writer of the Infinite Crisis crossover limited series (Dec. 2005– June 2006), a sequel to 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. Following this, Johns was one of four writers, with Mark Waid, Grant Morrison, and Greg Rucka, on the 2006–2007 weekly series 52.
In 2006, Johns and Kurt Busiek co-wrote the "Up, Up and Away!" story arc in Superman and Action Comics. He then reunited with Richard Donner on the "Last Son" storyline in Action Comics with Donner co-plotting the series with his former assistant. The Justice Society of America series by Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham began in February 2007 and six months later, he and Jeff Katz launched the new Booster Gold series. That same year, Johns helmed the critically acclaimed "Sinestro Corps War" storyline in the Green Lantern titles. He wrote the "Final Crisis" one-shot Rage of the Red Lanterns with artist Shane Davis and collaborated with Gary Frank on Action Comics. Johns and Frank produced the "Brainiac" storyline in which Superman's adopted father Jonathan Kent was killed and retold Superman's origin story in 2009's Superman: Secret Origin.
Also in 2009, Johns teamed with artist Ethan Van Sciver on The Flash: Rebirth miniseries, which centered on the return of Barry Allen as the Flash and wrote the Blackest Night limited series. Commenting on Johns' creation of such concepts as the Blue Lantern Corps, the Red Lantern Corps, and the Indigo Tribe, DC Comics writer and executive Paul Levitz noted in 2010 that "One of Johns' sharpest additions to DC mythology is the notion that the Green Lanterns are but one color within a rainbow spectrum, and that the other hues have their own champions. Folding in old concepts and inventing new ones, Johns has established limitless story possibilities."
President & CCO of DC Entertainment
On February 18, 2010, Johns was named the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, which was established to expand the DC Comics brand across other media platforms. Johns stated that the position would not affect his writing. He then co-wrote the Brightest Day series with Peter Tomasi. He and Marv Wolfman were the principal writers of DC Universe Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game released in 2011.
In September 2011, following the conclusion of Johns' mini series, Flashpoint, and the crossover storyline of the same name, DC Comics instituted a program called The New 52, in which the publisher cancelled all of its superhero titles and relaunched 52 new series with #1 issues, wiping out most of the then-current continuity. Johns and artist Jim Lee, DC Comics' Co-Publisher, launched the line with a new Justice League series, written and illustrated by Johns and Lee, respectively. The series' first story arc was a new origin of the Justice League, which depicted the return of DC's primary superheroes to the team. Johns' contributions to The New 52 include a serialized Shazam! (Captain Marvel) backup feature in Justice League that began with issue #7, as well as the relaunched Aquaman and Green Lantern monthly titles.
Johns and Gary Frank collaborated on the Batman: Earth One graphic novel, an out of continuity story, released in mid-2012, which served as the first in a series of graphic novels intended to redefine Batman. In 2013, after writing Green Lantern for nine years, Johns ended his run with issue 20 of the New 52 series, which was released May 22, 2013. DC Comics' All Access webcast announced on February 4, 2014 that Johns would be writing the Superman series which would be drawn by John Romita Jr. The Johns/Romita Jr. team was joined by inker Klaus Janson. In May 2016, Johns was promoted to President and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and reported to Diane Nelson, the President of DC Entertainment.
As of 2017, Johns and Gary Frank are collaborating on Doomsday Clock, a limited series featuring Superman and Doctor Manhattan. Johns and Richard Donner co-wrote "The Car" chapter in Action Comics #1000 (June 2018) which was drawn by Olivier Coipel.
In June 2018, Johns stepped down from his executive role at DC Entertainment and entered into a writer and producer deal with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. He opened Mad Ghost Productions, a production company that works on film, television and comic books based on DC Comics properties.
Johns was an executive producer on the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Following negative critical reception to the film, Johns and Jon Berg were named to jointly run the DC Extended Universe and a newly established Warner Bros. division, DC Films, in May 2016. They served as producers on the 2017 film Justice League. Johns also co-wrote the story for Aquaman with James Wan and Will Beall, co-wrote the story for Green Lantern Corps with David S. Goyer and co-wrote Wonder Woman 1984 with Patty Jenkins and David Callaham. In January 2018, after Justice League underperformed at the box office, Jon Berg was replaced by Walter Hamada as the head of DC Films, with Johns still working "closely" with Hamada on future productions.
"Recruit", a 2005 episode of the Superman prequel series Smallville, on which Johns' studio mate Jeph Loeb was a writer-producer, featured a villain by the name of Geoff Johns. In 2008, Johns wrote "Legion", the eleventh episode of the eighth season, in which he introduced the three core members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. At the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, he announced that he was writing another Smallville episode, titled "Society," based on the Justice Society of America. The success of his first episode and the ambitious nature of his follow-up episode enabled the producers to transform it into a two-part story, which subsequently aired as a feature-length episode titled "Absolute Justice".
Johns and David S. Goyer co-wrote the pilot for the Spike TV drama Blade, which premiered in June 2006. Johns served as one of the writing staff on the television show. Later that year, Johns teamed up with Matthew Senreich of Robot Chicken fame to write the screenplay for a holiday family-friendly movie titled Naughty or Nice for Dimension Films. Johns and Senreich are billed as directors of the movie, with actor/producer Seth Green set to provide a lead voice as well as serving as voice director on the film. This association led to Johns contributing material to the fourth season of Robot Chicken.
In 2012, Johns joined The CW's Green Arrow origin series Arrow, as a writer. He first contributed to the first-season episode "Muse of Fire," which served as the introduction of The Huntress, the teleplay for which he co-wrote with executive producer Marc Guggenheim from a story by co-creator Andrew Kreisberg. Later in the season, Johns wrote the sixteenth episode, "Dead to Rights". The episode was directed by frequent Johns' collaborator Glen Winter.
On July 30, 2013, it was announced at the summer TCA tour that Johns and Arrow co-creators Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti would be introducing Barry Allen in the second season of the show, with the potential of a spin-off for the character with the 20th episode acting as a backdoor pilot. CW executives were so pleased with the handling of the character that they forwent the backdoor pilot, in favor of a full-fledged version. In May 2014, The Flash was picked up to series, to premiere later that year. Johns serves as co-developer and executive producer. He co-wrote, with Kai Yu Wu, the episodes "Going Rogue", which introduces the villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold to the series, and "Revenge of the Rogues", which brought the rogue Heat Wave to the series fully after being introduced off screen in "Going Rogue".
In July 2018, Johns announced that he would be writing and executive-producing a DC Universe television series about Courtney Whitmore, a character that he created, titled Stargirl. The series premiered in May 2020.
In a 2010 interview, Johns named Steve McNiven as an artist he would like to collaborate with, J. Michael Straczynski's run on Thor as his then-favorite ongoing comic book, and The Flash as his favorite of all time, stating that he owns every issue of it. He credits reading James Robinson's The Golden Age as the book responsible for his love of the characters featured in the book, and for his decision to accept writing duties on JSA. He is also a comic book retailer who co-owns Earth-2 Comics in Northridge, California, with Carr D'Angelo and Jud Meyers.
- Legends of the DC Universe 80-Page Giant #2: "Passenger 15B" (1999)
- Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0–14 (1999–2000)
- Silver Age: Showcase (one-shot, 2000)
- Beast Boy #1–4 (2000)
- Impulse #61 (2000)
- The Ravager #1/2 (2004)
- Day of Judgment collected as Day of Judgment (tpb, 160 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-3795-9)
- Day of Judgment #1–5 (1999)
- Day of Judgment Secret Files (1999)
- Justice Society of America
- JSA Returns: Star Spangled Comics (one-shot, 1999) collected in JSA Omnibus Vol. 1 (hc, 1224 pages, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4012-4761-4)
- Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1: "Sorrow Ever More!" (1999) collected in JSA Omnibus Vol. 1 (hc, 1224 pages, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4012-4761-4)
- JSA #6–77, 81 (2000–2006), Annual #1 (2000) collected as:
- JSA: Our Worlds at War (one-shot, 2001) collected in:
- JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice (one-shot, 2002) collected in:
- JSA: All Stars #1–8 (2003–2004) collected in:
- JSA Classified #1–4 (2006)
- Justice Society of America vol. 3, #1–26 (2007–2009), Annual #1 (2008) collected as:
- Vol. 1: The Next Age (hc, 144 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1444-4)
- Vol. 2: Thy Kingdom Come: Part 1 (hc, 160 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1690-0)
- Vol. 3: Thy Kingdom Come: Part 2 (hc, 192 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1914-4)
- Vol. 4: Thy Kingdom Come: Part 3 (tpb, 224 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2167-X)
- Vol. 5: Black Adam and Isis (hc, 160 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2530-6)
- JSA Omnibus Vol. 3 (hc, 1248 pages, 2015, ISBN 978-1-4012-5530-5)
- Teen Titans
- Sins of Youth: Starwoman and the JSA Jr. (one-shot, 2000) collected in Young Justice Book Three (tpb, 408 pages, 2018, ISBN 1-4012-8510-4)
- The Flash
- The Flash vol. 2, #164–225 (2000–2005)
- The Flash: Secret Files #3 (2001)
- The Flash: Iron Heights (one-shot, 2001)
- The Flash: Our Worlds at War (one-shot, 2001)
- DC First: Flash/Superman (one-shot, 2002)
- DC Universe #0: "Let There Be Lightning" (with Grant Morrison; art by George Perez, Doug Mahnke, Tony Daniel, Ivan Reis, Aaron Lopresti, Ed Benes, Philip Tan, Carlos Pacheco, and J. G. Jones, one-shot, 2008)
- Flash: Rebirth #1–6 (2009–2010)
- The Flash: Secret Files and Origins #1 (2010)
- The Flash vol. 3, #1–12 (2010–2011)
- Flashpoint #1–5 (2011)
- 9-11 Volume 2 (graphic novel, 2002)
- Superman: The Man of Steel #121, #133 (2002–2003)
- Superman #179–180, 184–187, 189, 650–653 (2002–2006)
- Action Comics #837–840, 844–846, 850–851, 855–873, 900, 1,000 (2006–2018), Annual #10–11 (2007–2008)
- Superman: Secret Origin #1–6 (2009–2010) collected as Superman: Secret Origin Deluxe Edition (hc, 240 pages, 2019, ISBN 1-4012-9516-9)
- Superman vol. 3 #32–39 (2014–2015) collected as Superman: The Men of Tomorrow (hc, 256 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5239-7)
- Adventure Comics #0–3, 5–6 (2009–2010)
- Hawkman #1–6, 8–25 (2002–2003)
- Hawkman: Secret Files and Origins #1 (2002)
- Green Lantern
- Green Lantern: Rebirth #1–6 (2004–2005) collected as:
- Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #1–5 (2005–2006) collected as:
- Green Lantern vol. 4, #1–67 (2005–2011) collected as:
- Sinestro Corps Special #1
- Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special (2011) collected in Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 3 (hc, 1104 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-4012-5820-4)
- Green Lantern Movie Prequel: Hal Jordan (one-shot, 2011)
- Green Lantern Movie Prequel: Sinestro (one-shot, 2011)
- Green Lantern vol. 5 #0–20 (2011–13), Annual #1 (2012) collected in Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 3 (hc, 1104 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-4012-5820-4)
- Green Lanterns: Rebirth (one-shot, 2016)
- Secret Files and Origins #1 (2005)
- Blackest Night
- Infinite Crisis
- Final Crisis
- Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1–5 (2008–2009) collected as Legion of Three Worlds (hc, 176 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2324-9)
- Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #1–3 (2008) collected as Rogues' Revenge (hc, 144 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2333-8)
- Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns (one-shot, 2008)
- Justice League
- Justice League v2 #0–50 (2011–2016) collected as:
- Vol. 1: Origin (hc, 192 pages, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4012-3461-4)
- Vol. 2: The Villain's Journey (hc, 160 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-3764-9)
- Absolute Justice League: Origin (hc, 360 pages, 2017, ISBN 1-4012-7437-4)
- Justice League: Origin Deluxe Edition (hc, 360 pages, 2020, ISBN 1-4012-9939-3)
- Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis (hc, 192 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4240-5)
- Vol. 4: The Grid (hc, 176 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4717-2)
- Trinity War (hc, 320 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4519-6)
- Vol. 5: Forever Heroes (hc, 168 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-5009-2)
- Vol. 6: Injustice League (hc, 256 pages, 2015, ISBN 978-1-4012-5236-6)
- Vol. 7: Darkseid War: Part 1 (hc, 176 pages, 2016, ISBN 978-1-4012-5977-8)
- Vol. 8: Darkseid War: Part 2 (hc, 200 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-4012-6341-0)
- The Darkseid War Saga Omnibus (hc, 512 pages, 2017, ISBN 1-4012-7402-1)
- The Darkseid War DC Essential Edition (tpb, 376 pages, 2018, ISBN 1-4012-8455-8)
- Justice League of America v3 #1–7 (2013) collected as Vol. 1: World's Most Dangerous (hc, 224 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-4236-7)
- Justice League v2 #0–50 (2011–2016) collected as:
- Booster Gold v2 #0–10 (2007–11) collected as:
- Aquaman v7 #0–25 (2011–2013)
- Forever Evil #1–7 (2013–2014)
- DC Universe: Rebirth Special #1 (2016)
- Doomsday Clock (2017–2019)
- Shazam! vol. 3 #1-11,13-16 (2018-2020)
- Ultimate X-Men #1/2 (2002)
- Morlocks #1–4 (2002)
- The Thing: Freakshow #1–4 (2002)
- Icons: Vision #1–4 (2002)
- The Avengers #57–76 (2002–2004)
- Les Humanoïdes Associés:
- Top Cow:
- Noble Causes: Extended Family #1 (2003)
- Aspen MLT:
- B.P.R.D.: Night Train (one-shot, 2003)
|1997||Conspiracy Theory||No||No||Assistant to Richard Donner, as Geoffrey Johns|
|Double Tap||No||No||Assistant to Mills Goodloe and Alex Collet|
|1998||Lethal Weapon 4||No||No||Assistant to Richard Donner, uncredited producer|
|2011||Green Lantern: Emerald Knights||Yes||No||2 segments|
|2013||Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||No||Executive|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||No||Executive|
|2017||Wonder Woman||No||Executive||Uncredited script work with Patty Jenkins|
|2018||Aquaman||Story||Executive||Wrote story with James Wan and Will Beall|
|2020||Birds of Prey||No||Executive|
|Wonder Woman 1984||Yes||Executive||Post-production|
Wrote screenplay with Patty Jenkins and Dave Callaham, story with Patty Jenkins
|2005–2006||Justice League: Unlimited||Yes||No||1 episode|
|2006||Blade||Yes||Consulting||Writer (4 episodes), consulting producer (12 episodes)|
|2008–2009||Robot Chicken||Yes||No||5 episodes|
|2009||Titan Maximum||Story||Yes||Story by (8 episodes), co-producer (9 episodes)|
|2009–2011||Smallville||Yes||No||Writer (3 episodes), actor (1 episode)|
|2010||Robot Chicken: Star Wars III||Yes||No|
|2012||Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special||Yes||Executive|
|Metal Hurlant Chronicles||Yes||No||1 episode|
|2014||Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise||Yes||Executive|
|2014–2018||The Flash||Yes||No||Developed with Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg|
Writer (4 episodes)
|2015||Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship||Yes||No|
|2018–present||Titans||Yes||Executive||Created with Akiva Goldsman and Greg Berlanti|
Writer (5 episodes)
|2020–present||Stargirl||Yes||Executive||Also creator and showrunner|
Writer (2 episodes)
Awards and recognition
- 2002 Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent (for The Flash)
- 2005 Wizard Fan Award for Best Writer (for The Flash, Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern and Teen Titans)
- 2006 Wizard Fan Award for Best Writer (for Infinite Crisis)
- 2008 Project Fanboy Award for Best Writer
- 2009 Project Fanboy Award for Best Writer
- 2009 Spike TV Scream Award for Best Comic Book Writer
- 2010 Spike TV Scream Award for Best Comic Book Writer (for Blackest Night, Brightest Day, The Flash and Green Lantern)
- Cronin, Brian (August 5, 2010). "Comic Book Legends Revealed #272". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011.
- "Geoff Johns Conquers the Universe". Comic-Con Magazine. Winter 2010. pp. 7–11, 19. Archived from the original on March 7, 2010.
- Johns, Geoff (2012), Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (1st ed.), DC Comics, p. Inside back flap, ISBN 978-1401234614
- Reardon, Wendi (June 15, 2011). "Clarkston grad sees green". Clarkston News. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
- Phillips, Jevon (January 15, 2009). "Geoff Johns brings the Legion to Smallville". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014.
- Henrickson, Eric (August 30, 2011). "Metro Detroit native Geoff Johns talks DCnU". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
- Bao, Robert (February 20, 2012). "Geoff Johns: The New 52". Michigan State University Alumni Association. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014.
- Sands, Rich (January 12, 2009). "Future Tense". TV Guide: 39.
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
Geoff Johns showed his love for the obscure corners of the DCU with his title Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E..CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 288: "James Robinson left the title in the capable hands of [David] Goyer's new writing partner, Geoff Johns."
- Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 294: "Beast Boy...found himself in deep trouble during his first miniseries, courtesy of writers Ben Raab and Geoff Johns, with art by Justiniano."
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 306: "Scripted by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Pasqual Ferry, the story delivered an emotional punch as Superman and his father were reunited."
- Geoff Johns at the Grand Comics Database
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 310: ""None [of the Teen Titans series] had reached the heights of the Marv Wolfman and George Pérez era until writer Geoff Johns and artist Mike McKone's relaunch."
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 315: "Writer Geoff Johns took one of DC's greatest heroes to the top of the bestseller list with Green Lantern: Rebirth."
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 320: "After successfully bringing Hal Jordan back as the Green Lantern in Green Lantern: Rebirth, writer Geoff Johns remained at the helm for Hal Jordan's further adventures."
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 323: "A hugely successful, seven-part miniseries, Infinite Crisis was a sequel to 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. Written by Geoff Johns with art by Phil Jimenez, George Pérez, Jerry Ordway, Ivan Reis, and Andy Laning, Infinite Crisis was an epic crossover that revamped the DC Universe."
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 325: "The title was masterminded by writers Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid, with Keith Giffen providing art breakdowns."
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 329: "Writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham relaunched the JSA, with Alex Ross providing covers for the series."
- "Sinestro Demands More Reprints". IGN. August 27, 2007. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2007.
- Brownfield, Troy (September 17, 2007). "Best Shots: JLA Wedding Special, DD 100, New Avengers, and more". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007.
- Rogers, Vaneta (December 20, 2007). "The Lantern's Artists, I – Ethan Van Sciver". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 23, 2007.
- Cronin, Brian (October 15, 2007). "Sinestro Corps War is what World War Hulk SHOULD be". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014.
- Renaud, Jeffrey (January 9, 2008). "Geoff Johns Thinking Big in the DCU, Part 1". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014.
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 330: "The series proved to be another successful epic in the Green Lantern saga, one of DC's most popular titles since Geoff Johns' revamp of the hero."
- Rogers, Vaneta (October 27, 2008). "Geoff Johns on Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns". Newsarama. Archived from the original on February 24, 2014.
- "Gary Frank Signs Exclusive With DC". Newsarama. May 10, 2007. Archived from the original on December 29, 2013.
- Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 335: "In Action Comics story arc 'Brainiac', writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank added another definitive chapter to one of the most iconic runs in the history of the comic."
- Brady, Matt (November 28, 2008). "Geoff Johns: Telling Superman's Secret Origin". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013.
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 337: "Writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver...joined forces again to relaunch Barry Allen as the Flash."
- Rogers, Vaneta (July 24, 2008). "SDCC '08 – Johns & Van Sciver Talk Flash: Rebirth". Newsarama. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014.
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 339: "Flowing naturally out of writer Geoff Johns' legendary run on Green Lantern, the seeds of Blackest Night had been planted at the start of Green Lantern: Rebirth (December 2004) and it took an eight-issue series of its own to tell."
- Levitz, Paul (2010). "The Modern Age 1998–2010". 75 Years of DC Comics The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Cologne, Germany: Taschen. p. 698. ISBN 9783836519816.
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 340: "Publisher Paul Levitz stepped down, and co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, along with DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns, teamed up to helm DC Comics."
- Hyde, David (February 18, 2010). "Jim Lee and Dan DiDio Named Co-Publishers DC Comics. Geoff Johns to Serve as Chief Creative Officer. John Rood Named EVP, Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Patrick Caldon Named EVP, Finance and Administration". DC Comics. Archived from the original on February 21, 2010.
The new senior executive team includes Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, who have been named Co-Publishers of DC Comics, and Geoff Johns, who will serve as Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment.
- Hyde, David (February 18, 2010). "A note from Geoff Johns". DC Comics. Archived from the original on February 20, 2010.
- Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 341: "Co-written by Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi, and illustrated by Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, and Joe Prado, Brightest Day was the start of the next chapter in the history of the DC Universe."
- Thang, Jimmy (September 15, 2008). "DC Universe Online nabs writer Geoff Johns". IGN. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
- "DC Universe Online". Gamesindustry.biz. January 11, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
- Truitt, Brian (May 3, 2011). "DC Comics ready for a risky yet relevant publishing change". USA Today. Archived from the original on September 6, 2013.
- Guerrero, Tony (January 26, 2012). "Interview: Geoff Johns Talks Justice League, Aquaman, Green Lantern & 'Shazam!'". Comic Vine. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014.
- Kilpatrick, Conor (February 29, 2012). "Interview: Geoff Johns on Green Lantern, Aquaman, Justice League, & 'Shazam!'". iFanboy. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
- Truitt, Brian (April 23, 2012). "Aquaman's sea world expands with introduction of the Others". USA Today. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014.
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "2010s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 328. ISBN 978-1465424563.
The Batman mythos was reimagined in this alternate take on the hero's origin in this hardcover special. It brought together writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank for their first Batman story.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Segura, Alex (December 7, 2009). "DCU in 2010: Welcome to Earth One". DC Comics. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013.
- "Bug continues the Earth One goodness with Batman: Earth One writer Geoff Johns!". Ain't it Cool News. December 7, 2009. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013.
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