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[[caption-width-right:280:''"Good. Good. Everything is going as [[MagnificentBastard I]] have foreseen."'']]

->''"I don't believe in throwing stuff away, I just believe in putting as many toys on the shelf and letting creators and other people get in there and tell great stories and add to the mythos. We should march this universe forward."''

Formerly the assistant of film director [[{{Film/Superman}} Richard Donner]], Geoff Johns (born January 25, 1973) broke into comic books in 1999. He worked freelance for about four years before signing an exclusive contract with Creator/DCComics, where he's been a major figure ever since. He writes an average of four comics a month, so he's responsible for a large percentage of DC's total monthly output.

Johns is also good friends with fellow DC exclusive writer Creator/GrantMorrison, and the two of them co-wrote the ''DC Universe #0'' one-shot as well as the best-selling weekly DC series ''52''.

Johns is largely considered to be the Mr. Fixit of comics, largely on the back of his restoration of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern. His specialty is revamping characters, especially villains, [[VillainDecay who have lost their way]] ([[HarmlessVillain or were always lame]]) into something more compelling. He's also the go-to guy for untangling a ContinuitySnarl, though he sometimes has to take [[{{Retcon}} a sword]] to the Gordian Knot.

In February 2010 he was named DC's Chief Creative Officer which basically makes him the No. 3 guy at the company after co-publishers Creator/DanDiDio and Jim Lee. In August 2016, following the success of DC Rebirth, he was promoted to President of DC Comics in addition to his role as Chief Creative Officer.

He has also served as a producer, consultant and occasional writer for DC television and film adaptations. In May 2016, he was named co-head of the newly created DC Films division of Creator/WarnerBrothers together with studio executive Jon Berg.

DC properties Johns has worked on include:
* ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' (co-written with Creator/GrantMorrison, Creator/GregRucka, and Creator/MarkWaid)[[/index]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}''[[index]]
** ''ComicBook/ThroneOfAtlantis''
* ''ComicBook/BatmanEarthOne''
* ''ComicBook/BoosterGold''
* ''ComicBook/DCRebirth''
** ''ComicBook/DoomsdayClock''
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash''
** ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: [[ComicBook/TheFlash Rogues Revenge]]''
** ''ComicBook/BlackestNight: ComicBook/TheFlash''
** ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}''
* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern''[[index]]
** ''Green Lantern: Rebirth''
** ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' (co-written with Dave Gibbons)
** ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''
** ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' (co-written with Creator/PeterTomasi)
** ''War of the Green Lanterns''
** ''ComicBook/RiseOfTheThirdArmy''
** ''ComicBook/WrathOfTheFirstLantern''[[/index]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}''
* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''
* ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''[[index]]
** ''ComicBook/TrinityWar'' (co-written with Jeff Lemire)
** ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil''
* ''[[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]'' and ''Justice Society of America'' (partly co-written with James Robinson and David S. Goyer)
* ''ComicBook/StarsAndSTRIPE''
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' and ''ComicBook/ActionComics''
** ''ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}''
** ''ComicBook/NewKrypton''
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'':
** "The Lightning Saga"
** "ComicBook/{{Superman}} [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes and the Legion of Super-Heroes]]"
** ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: [[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Legion of Three Worlds]]''
** ''Adventure Comics''
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''
[[/index]]

Creator/MarvelComics properties Johns has worked on include:
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers''
* ''[[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]]''
* ''[[ComicBook/XMen The Morlocks]]''

Properties that Johns co-created and co-own include:
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* ''Olympus''
* ''The Possessed''

Television shows that Johns has written episodes for include:
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum''
* ''Series/{{Blade}}''
* ''Series/ArrowVerse''
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
** ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]''

Television shows that Johns has co-produced include:
* ''Series/ArrowVerse''
** ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]''
** ''[[Series/Supergirl2015 Supergirl]]''
** ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''

Movies that Johns has been involved in include:
* ''Film/GreenLantern''
* ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse''
** ''[[Film/WonderWoman2017 Wonder Woman]]''
** ''[[Film/JusticeLeague2017 Justice League]]''
** Plus ''The Flash'', ''Cyborg'', ''Green Lantern'', ''The Batman'' (with Creator/BenAffleck), and other projects in development. Essentially, Johns has had a hand in every film in the DCEU except the first three -- ''Film/ManOfSteel'', ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' and ''Film/SuicideSquad''.

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!!Tropes associated with Geoff Johns:
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** In terms of comics, Creator/BrianMichaelBendis - Bendis actually commented on this when [[https://twitter.com/BRIANMBENDIS/status/294973436516790274 he wished Johns a Happy Birthday.]] Their books frequently end up competing with each other in sales charts, but [[FriendlyRivalry they are fond of one another]] and play video games together.
** In terms of adaptations, Creator/JephLoeb, a fellow writer and company exec who's involved in other Marvel media too.
** And as of 2016, it seems Johns is to be (one half of) DC's answer to Kevin Feige of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse for their own Film/DCExtendedUniverse. [[http://www.newsarama.com/4982-superman-the-secret-history-of-kevin-feige-geoff-johns.html The two of them actually go way back]] since Feige was the assistant of Richard Donner's spouse Lauren and the Donners served as mentors for both at the same time.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Johns is a self-confessed Silver Age Fanboy. Naturally this played a role in his writing of Franchise/{{Superman}}, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and the revivals of [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]], [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]], and [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Arthur Curry]].
** Another thing that's become the target of both criticism and jokes over the years is his love of graphic dismemberment and/or arm trauma.
* ArcWelding
* ArmedWithCanon: The fact remains he has the largest listing on this page for a single creator.
* BatFamilyCrossover: He's done ''Black Reign'' for the JSA family, ''Sinestro Corps'' for the Green Lantern Family, and ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' for the Super family.
* BloodierAndGorier: Another common lament about Johns' work. Hey, kids, who's getting which body part ripped clean off in ''this'' issue?
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Rumors abound of him being a very... unusual... person in real life. A hint of this is the [[https://data.archive.moe/board/co/image/1349/35/1349350862111.png Cereal Adventure.]]
* {{Continuity}}: He's a master of this, which makes him a {{Fanboy}} favorite. Generally, if you think you've caught a continuity error in one of his stories it will turn out to be a plot point.
** Example, long time fans were scratching their heads when Barry started talking about his father being framed for the murder of his mother as his motivation for becoming a police scientist (as he'd had a good relationship with both of his parents up to the point of his death in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''). This could have been HandWaved as being the byproduct of any of three major {{Cosmic Retcon}}s that had taken place since his death but it turned out it was Professor Zoom using TimeTravel to screw up his past.
* CrisisCrossover: ''Day of Judgement'', ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', and ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: A lot of his writing, especially post-ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Subverted, as the usual superhero-comic "Why does everyone ''stay'' in a supervillain-plagued city?" question has been dealt with a few times:
** The twin cities of ComicBook/TheFlash (Keystone and Central) are home to important industries--heavy industry and electronics, respectively--that probably wouldn't be available in many other places. In addition, the Flash rogues are not as deadly as, say, Batman's.
** Coast City ''was'' almost completely abandoned until recently, simply because the GreenLantern RoguesGallery often showed up there and ''the fact that the robot Superman had blown it up awhile back'' was hanging over their heads. In fact, the situation in Coast is a recurring motif of Johns' run.
** And it even got a reversal in the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar''. The Sinestros intended to wreck Coast City yet ''again'' to trigger a DespairEventHorizon, but the inhabitants' refusal to evacuate gave the city a reputation so badass that people started moving ''in'' in droves. They even decided to follow Green Lantern's example by nicknaming their home "The City Without Fear".
* LegacyCharacter: Likes working with these (ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, ComicBook/{{Superboy}}...) and has created a number of them (ComicBook/{{Stargirl}}, [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter Miss Martian]], [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Jaime Reyes]]...)
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: He is on record as stating that the more characters, the better.
* PassingTheTorch: A theme in many of his books like ''JSA'' and ''Teen Titans''.
* {{Retcon}}: When the ComicBook/PostCrisis Superboy was revealed to be a modified clone of the director of the Cadmus Project, a young Geoff wrote in to the comic complaining that it would have been better if he'd been a combined clone of Superman and Lex Luthor. Years later, Geoff established this as Superboy's origin.
* RoguesGalleryShowcase: His major arcs on any series tend to build towards stories featuring multiple factions of established villains duking it out or forced into an EnemyMine situation with the heroes.
* ShownTheirWork: He brings back characters that haven't been used in over 30 years and gives them a good reason for being there.
* TakeThat: Possibly gave one to infamous ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' showrunner [[ScapeGoatCreator Marc Guggenheim]]. While interviewed about DC Rebirth in 2016, Johns made comments about the show which could be very easily interpreted as displeasure with the direction the show had taken in its [[SeasonalRot fourth season]].
--> '''Geoff Johns''': Let’s say you’ve been given the position of writing Green Arrow from scratch. Clean slate. You might say, ‘Okay, I’m going to write this new character,’ and when someone says, ‘Well, what about Black Canary,’ you might say… ‘nope.’ That means you completely misunderstand these characters.
* WorldOfSymbolism: One of Johns's favourite techniques is to rebuild the world's around his characters so that everything and everyone, no matter how insignificant they seem, ties into a larger overarching theme. David Uzumeri at ''Comics Alliance'' has named this trope [[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/11/17/johnsian-literalism-geoff-johns/ Johnsian Literalism]] in his honor.
* WriterOnBoard: His DC work is the pinnacle example that [[TropesAreTools this can be a good thing]].
* WritingForTheTrade: Refused to do it early in his career at Marvel, but now tends to follow the six-part storyline himself, albeit whilst developing and carrying on larger plots.
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