Geoff Johns (born January 25, 1973) is an American comic book writer, screenwriter, director, and producer. In June 2018, he stepped down from the position of Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of DC Entertainment to focus on producing and writing.
Geoff was close to his sister, Courtney who died in 1996 due to the TWA flight 800 disaster. She was eighteen at the time and was on her way to France to be a foreign exchange student. Three years later in 1999, Geoff sold his first comic book proposal to DC Comics. He called it, "Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.". It starred Courtney Whitmore, the second Star-Spangled Kid, later known as Stargirl, alongside S.T.R.I.P.E.. It was a story about how a family is created by bond, not blood. Stargirl was named after and inspired by his sister, Courtney. It is her spirit and optimistic energy that he wanted to put back in the world with Stargirl.
Creating Stargirl TV Series
In July 2018, Geoff Johns announced a series, where he, along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, would pen and executive produce the show for the OTT DC Universe service. For casting, he wrote the role of Pat Dugan specifically for Luke Wilson, and mailed him a copy of the script along with a personal letter. They spoke about the role and Luke eventually signed onto the project. After landing Brec Bassinger as the titular character Courtney Whitmore, he sat down and spoke with her for hours on his plans for Courtney and the series. He admitted to having four seasons completely mapped out already, with ideas for a fifth or more.
- Before Stargirl, Geoff was approached about an idea for Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., however, they couldn't include Pat Dugan's signature S.T.R.I.P.E. armor. Geoff felt it was inaccurate to tell the story without the armor and refused. This is one of many reasons why he enjoyed making the 2020 series, Stargirl. They were able to stay true to the source material in a realistic way.
- From the first moment he thought of live-action casting for Pat Dugan, Geoff envisioned Luke Wilson in the role. So much so, that he wrote the script with Luke in mind, mailed the Pilot to Luke with a letter, and met with him to speak about it. Geoff explained that Luke had that, "grounded, trying-to-do-the-right-thing-but-maybe-not-always-capable-of-doing-it" thing that captured Pat Dugan.
- He attended the 2020 DC FanDome panel event.
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