Former DC Films Co-President Geoff Johns Allegedly Opposed Superman Having A Black Grandfather In KRYPTON

Former DC Films Co-President Geoff Johns Allegedly Opposed Superman Having A Black Grandfather In KRYPTON

Former DC Films Co-President Geoff Johns is said to have "vetoed" Superman having a Black grandfather in the now cancelled Krypton because he felt the character should look like "a young Henry Cavill."

Yesterday, Zack Snyder's Justice League star Ray Fisher finally opened up about his issues with Joss Whedon and Geoff Johns. The Avengers director has been painted in a terrible light, and the odds of him working in Hollywood again seem pretty slim. As for Johns, he continues to work on various DC films, TV shows, and comics, but his future could also be in question. 

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Krytpon's creators were keen to bring some diversity to the DC Universe, with Bridgerton breakout star Regé-Jean Page among those who auditioned for the role of Superman's grandfather. Johns, however, allegedly contended that the Man of Steel could not have a Black grandfather, and also "vetoed" Adam Strange being gay or bisexual. 

Johns' rep argues that "Geoff celebrates and supports LGTBQ characters, including Batwoman, who in 2006 was re-introduced as LGBTQ in a comic-book series co-written by Johns." They also point out that the comic book scribe felt fans expected the character to "look like a young Henry Cavill."

The former co-President of DC Films has come under fire from Krytpon writer Nadria Tucker on social media as well, and she tells the trade that one argument saw Johns object when a Black female character's hairstyle was changed.

"I said Black women, we tend to change our hair frequently. It's not weird, it's a Black thing," she pointed out. "And he said, 'No, it's not.'"

To that, Johns' spokesperson argues that he can't be racist...because he was once married to a Black woman and his second wife is Asian American. 

Throw in what Fisher has said, and it's getting hard to see how Johns could have a future at DC.

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