DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns recently sat down with Buzz Feed in a lengthy discussion talking all things DC TV and movies.
Check out some highlights, which includes mention that Johns describes the separate DC TV and movie universes more as a “multiverse” and when it comes to having a cross-over between the two says “never say never.”
Johns also teases about using other DC characters now that technology has caught up with them, and also mentions the Justice League movie, Batman and Ben Affleck.
Confirms Supergirl and Lucifer in development:
Everything we talked about, even since, is about how the shows can be very different. Like we have Supergirl and Lucifer in development, and they’re both very different than everything we’re doing now. It’s well past time there’s a female superhero out there, both in film and on television, and it’s awesome that we’re on the forefront of that. It’s super-great.
iZombie was like this dark horse than showed up because Susan and Rob Thomas had been talking about doing something new and we had been talking to Susan about iZombie, and she helped champion that. I give her a lot of credit for iZombie because that was a great surprise in that it’s so different.
On the separate TV and movie universe:
We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it’s about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through. I think the characters are iconic enough.
There’s been discussions over the years for both, obviously. You never say never. Maybe one day we’ll link a show to a film if it makes sense, but the creative process we’re going through right now is to let the stuff live and breathe and be its own thing and own it.
On Easter Eggs and confirms Dr. Fate in Constantine:
Like on Constantine, we already have Jim Corrigan, we put Dr. Fate’s helmet in the pilot; that wasn’t just a easter egg. I like the term easter egg, but I prefer all our easter eggs actually lead somewhere, that they’re foreshadowing. So a lot of the things we’ve planted in these series are there to lead to and introduce new characters.
Confirms Gorilla Grodd in The Flash:
Like, I can’t believe Gorilla Grodd’s gonna be in a Flash TV show. That’s insane.
On the Marvel brand:
I’ll just say this on the Marvel side, and I have tons of friends who work there, I think we’re [both] trying to embrace the material. We’re just embracing ours in a different way.
Regarding allowing which characters to be used:
We don’t want to be policemen. The last thing in the world that we want to do is say no to something. The best thing we can do is work with the producers and try to be additive and collaborative and try to figure out how to expand it.
That’s so fine with me. We live in a day and age where you can’t control that stuff from happening and so you just have to embrace the best part of it, and, for us, it’s that people are interested and they care. If they get a picture of someone on set and they’re talking about it, that’s great, because they’re excited. We can’t get too upset about that stuff. You have to let the world evolve.
On using the comic characters in film and TV:
We’re trying to utilize as many characters as we possibly can, but there is a conscious effort to explore the DC universe.
On the Justice League Movie:
We’re going to have a freakin’ Justice League movie! How crazy exciting is that? To see all this stuff happen, it gets me really, really excited.
The great thing about the potential of Gotham is exploring characters like Oswald Cobblepot. The focus isn’t on a guy in a Batman costume. Which is great. Everyone loves Batman, we want to see Batman — and you will on the big screen; Ben Affleck will be awesome. But you’ve got an opportunity to explore other characters that haven’t gotten this kind of attention.
Possibly teasing a new super hero they might be using (my guess: Green Lantern as we were told a GL/Flash TV movie/series is being planned):
I’ll say this: Arrow was a step, Flash was a step, Supergirl is kind of the next step because she flies! Like, Supergirl flies! How can we do that on television? But, Greg’s super confident in that. If we can make a guy run at superspeed and have a guy create a tornado, we can probably make somebody fly.