DC Entertainment Names Its Top Execs

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 19th, 2010 at 7:58 am,

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Ever since we heard that DC Comics and Warner Bros. were forming a new venture called DC Entertainment, a lot of us have been wondering one thing: what’s the new game plan going to be?

Well, we’re still waiting to hear announcements from DCE about some of our favorite superheroes’ chances of being on the big screen, but today we’re at least getting a clearer picture of who will be making the decisions that put them there (or not). And some of these names are ones that comic book geeks know all too well…

Thanks to Deadline, we now know that on the creative side of things, Dan Didio and Jim Lee have been named co-publishers of DC comics, while Geoff Johns has been named Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. On the business side of things, John Rood has been named as DCE’s Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Business Development, while Patrick Caldon has been named Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration. Each of these new positions will report to Diane Nelson, the current President of DCE.

Said Nelson about the new appointments:

“DC Entertainment’s new executive team is a creative ‘dream team,’ with accomplishments and talent unrivaled in the business…This announcement continues and underscores DC’s legacy as the ultimate destination for creators. We’ll benefit enormously from the deep experience this team represents, while re-energizing the direction and focus of the company. I’m excited and honored to have each of them with me at the helm of DC Entertainment.”

Any comic book fan knows the work of Jim Lee. He’s probably one of the best known (and loved) comic book artists ever, who catapulted to fame in the 90s by working on Uncanny X-Men and helping Marvel launch its sister title, X-Men. Lee left Marvel in 1992 to join other former Marvel writers/artists in the creation of Image Comics; under the Image banner Lee created Wildstorm Productions, which he sold to DC Comics in 1998. Lee has drawn iconic art for just about every popular superhero around, and has ushered more than a few new characters into the limelight.

Green lantern jim lee DC Entertainment Names Its Top ExecsGreen Lantern as written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Jim Lee

Any serious comic book fan of the 2000 era is equally familiar with Geoff Johns. Johns came aboard DC Comics in 2000, co-writing the JSA comic book along with Batman Begins/The Dark Knight screenwriter, David S. Goyer. From there Johns broke loose and put his own stamp all over the DC Universe. He “rebirthed” both the Silver Age Flash (Barry Allen) and Silver Age Green Lantern (Hal Jordan); he made the latter one of the most popular comic book superheroes of today, with epic events like “The Sinestro Corps War”, which recaptured old-school superhero adventure while updating campy mythology with a more sensible modern edge.

Most recently, Johns penned the Smallville television event “Absolute Justice,” which was a ratings monster and featured the JSA. Before this official promotion, Johns has been working behind the scenes as a consultant on just about every DC/WB movie project in the works, including Green Lantern and The Flash.

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Geoff Johns Brought the JSA to Smallville

Dan Didio, who got his start in television, has been the Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of DC in the 2000 era. His name most recently appeared on our radar when it was rumored that he has been considering giving the green light to spinoffs/prequels/sequels to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, which is currently the bestselling title in DC history. With his new title will Didio push a Watchmen sequel through? Time will tell.

John Rood spent a decade working as SVP of Marketing for Disney ABC Television Group; before Disney he worked for Warner Bros. Consumer Products, negotiating advertising deals often using DC characters. Patrick Caldon has a long career working various VP positions for both Warner Bros. and DC Comics.

DCE’s mission statement has been clear: to develop all future DC and/or WB superhero projects under a united banner with multimedia development as the ultimate goal. After all, why plan a new Superman comic book when you can plan that same project as a comic book/movie/cartoon/video game/merchandising venture?

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Forgetting Didio, Rood and Caldon for a moment (the suits), I’m so glad that Diane Nelson and DCE has tapped Jim Lee and Geoff Johns to sit in the big chairs. Lee and Johns are some of the greatest things to happen to comic books since the 80s era (which gave us Alan Moore, Frank Miller and “dark Batman”) and both men are certainly two of the best minds DC has on its roster.

So what can we expect from this new “dream team?” Well, I for one expect Lee and Johns to continue as they have (for the most part): bringing kick-ass ideas to the table which both reinvent – and at the same time preserve – the greatness of DC superheroes. Rood and Caldon I expect to work with Lee and Johns, turning their ideas and concepts into big-budget realities (more TV movie events, more Dark Knight-quality movies, more awesome animated features, toys, video games – the works).

Didio? Well, as editor of DC in the 2000 era he has allowed creative innovators like Lee and Johns to flourish. If Didio steers clear of this Watchmen sequel business, he’ll have my confidence; if he doesn’t, then he will know my wrath (which basically amounts to an angry blog post icon neutral DC Entertainment Names Its Top Execs ).

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However, while all this news about DCE promotions is nice, I know I (and most of you) are still waiting for the real announcement: which DC superhero movies we’ll be getting next.

Screen Rant will keep you posted.

Source: Deadline

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  1. JustIce League on the horizon with Nolan at the helm?

  2. Smallville season 10, Green Lantern being awesome, Batman 3 as the final movie of Nolan's franchise, The Flash, and Wonder Woman are all on my wishlist right now.

  3. the only thing that I don't understand is how the other characters are going to relate to the current Batman franchise. I just can't see people flying around and things like that the way that Nolan did the last 2 movies. I also can't see how he would fit into the movies that they will do in the future because he is too realistic for the other characters.

  4. THE WATCHMEN Sequel/Prequel/Spinoff and why it won't work:

    I love the Watchmen Graphic Novel, I own a complete 1st printing of all 12 issues. I even enjoyed the WATCHMEN film unlikley many, and enough so that I picked up the BluRay even though I did get it at a great price.

    The probelm with a sequeal or prequel or even spin-off of the WATCHMEN experience is that it will not work because the Watchmen is a 1 story ride and no more. Sure you can expand it some with side stories like the comic book within a comic book gimmick ( and I mean that in the best way possible) that was part of the orginal series but thats it.

    A SEQUEL: This won't work because all the main players have moved on in various ways (trying not to give any spoilers in case some who want to see/read Watchmen have yet to do so). And if you just use different herops then you might as well call it something else.

    A PREQUEL: This won;t work because when you boil it down, the Watchmen aren't really good traditional comc book characters and there not supposed to be. Watchmen was supposed to be a comic book take on real life, what it would be like if regular people put on masks to stop crime. That sounds great and noble and it is interesting at first but quickly fades when there is no super human skills or special powers to play on.

    Dr Manhattan of course is the expcetion, he is all-powerfull but he is also very, very boring. He has NO personality (by design) and so he's disconnected from the rest of teh world in a way that prevents that from changing. The rest of teh characters have some serious emotional issues that could certainly be used and played out well but in a standard human drama and not a comic book based film.

    THE SPIN OFF: There's nothing to really spin-off on Watchmen that can work independent from the core WATCHMEN novel.

    By Design the WATCHMEN novel is intended to be a 1 shot deal and it shoudl stay that way and not tarnish its image. There are far better and more deserving charcters and titles out there that could use the resources that would be put into a WATCHMEN whatever.

  5. i think this team will be one dream team one mind to push the dc heros back into top rank. i for one cant wait for a new superman movie. i liked superman returns but it was living up to much to the old films. with superman being the most amazing superhero out there can take on a hord of villians to push superman to his physical and mental limits because of the amount of destruction and chaos metropolis has been plunged into. alot of villians team up for the fall of superman. of course he will some how overcome cause hey its superman.

  6. Can you top that marvel?!?! Congrats to Jim Lee(longtime fan) and Geoff Johns.. Its good to see them rising up there. I wish DCE all the best

  7. What's there to top? Marvel are already at the top of the game and the future is very promising indeed. :-)

    We really don't need to succumb to the (who's better than who) mentality.
    What are we in junior high?

    I enjoy comic book titles and movies from both DC and MARVEL and would rather see mutual respect and professional collaboration instead of competitive spiteful rivalry.

  8. What's there to top? Marvel are already at the top of the game and the future is very promising indeed. :-)

    We really don't need to succumb to the (who's better than who) mentality.
    What are we in junior high?

    I enjoy comic book titles and movies from both DC and MARVEL and would rather see mutual respect and professional collaboration instead of competitive spiteful rivalry.

  9. i think this team will be one dream team one mind to push the dc heros back into top rank. i for one cant wait for a new superman movie. i liked superman returns but it was living up to much to the old films. with superman being the most amazing superhero out there can take on a hord of villians to push superman to his physical and mental limits because of the amount of destruction and chaos metropolis has been plunged into. alot of villians team up for the fall of superman. of course he will some how overcome cause hey its superman.

  10. Can you top that marvel?!?! Congrats to Jim Lee(longtime fan) and Geoff Johns.. Its good to see them rising up there. I wish DCE all the best

  11. What's there to top? Marvel are already at the top of the game and the future is very promising indeed. :-)

    We really don't need to succumb to the (who's better than who) mentality.
    What are we in junior high?

    I enjoy comic book titles and movies from both DC and MARVEL and would rather see mutual respect and professional collaboration instead of competitive spiteful rivalry.

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