Geoff Johns Lays Out Plans For DC Universe Original Shows

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Legendary DC Comics writer Geoff Johns was able to tease fans recently about what is planned for all of the original series on the DC Universe digital streaming service.

Johns took some time to talk with CBR recently to talk about his plans for Stargirl. He believes that this original series will lead characters like S.T.R.I.P.E. and the Justice Society of America in a new direction, which means that the series will both honor and deviate from the source material in a similar fashion to it’s DC television predecessors Smallville and the Arrowverse shows.

“Much like, you know, Arrow reimagining Green Arrow or Smallville, I’m taking a brand new direction on Justice Society.

It’ll be, I think, more closer to the lore. I wanted to kind of do a brand new re-imagining of it for Stargirl.”

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During the interview Johns was able to confirm that S.T.R.I.P.E. will make his big television debut in Stargirl. This confirmation was followed by another confirmation surrounding the upcoming Titans series starring Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, which Johns is writing. He was able to state that the series would deal with Dick’s past with his estranged mentor Batman and will feature him making a quick visit to the Batcave. However, it was not specified if the Dark Knight would make an official appearance in the series.

“You can’t do Stargirl without S.T.R.I.P.E., yeah he’s in there. It’s cool because, I have to say, with Titans and with Doom Patrol, Warner Bros. has given us the ability to build Robotman and we’re doing Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane and Negative Man and, in Titans, there’s great scenes with Dick Grayson in the Batcave.”

Johns also was able to talk about what it’s like to bring challenging characters like Robotman and S.T.R.I.P.E. to the silver screen, which is going to be an accomplishment similar to what The CW’s The Flash has been able to accomplish with characters like Gorilla Grodd, Solovar, and King Shark.

“Really, I think, with the budgets and the time and the creative has pushed this stuff to be closer to lore and celebrate the lore and I think that’s going to be a lot of fun. So making S.T.R.I.P.E. is hard, like Gorilla Grodd, you know?

Greg Berlanti and I were talking the other day and he was like, ‘You know, when we started doing Flash, in the pilot we put in the gorilla cage that was bent open and we had the Grodd thing there and was like, oh, Gorilla was affected by the explosion, and, at the time, people were like , how are we ever going to do Gorilla Grodd? How are we going to do Gorilla Grodd? And they were like, well, we want to try. We want to try.’ I think Grodd is kind of this great–he was like the first thing, and now you look at everything that’s happening like, ‘Yeah we could pull off S.T.R.I.P.E.’”

Since 2012, DC has remained the undisputed champion of cable television with the Arrowverse being widely well-received by fans for their ability to take characters from across the DC Comics world into new directions while still embracing the source material. With the upcoming launch of the DC Universe digital streaming service it is clear that DC wants to find new ways to push it’s characters beyond their limits with exclusive original shows such as Titans, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn, Stargirl, and Young Justice: Outsiders. Titans is set to make its world premiere at this year’s New York City Comic Con on October 3rd before it’s big debut on October 12th on the DC Universe.

The DC Universe digital streaming service is set to launch on September 15th to coincide with the annual Batman Day.

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Simeone Miller
Simeone has been involved in popular culture journalism since early 2015 as the co-founder of the highly successful Up Your Geek news organization. He specializes in covering DC, Marvel, cinema, and gaming. He is a political science major minoring in sociology and plans to be a lawyer.