Fifty Five Questions with Greg Johnson
Greg Johnson is the head writer and a producer for X-Men: Evolution. Recently he answered questions from Evolution fans here in the Beyond Forum. Here you can find some of the most frequently asked questions about the Evolution characters and series. Thank you Greg! Personal questions are located here on the first page, select a link for more questions and answers.
Personal - Show Production - Character - Plot - Miscellaneous
"One issue I'd like to address. Several people have voiced an opinion that the "over 12" fans are being ignored by us. First of all, the fact must be accepted that this show is geared for the 6-11 age group. And fans in that age group make up the majority of our audience, and that is who advertisers covet on Saturday Morning. So certain aspects of the series must be dictated by that target audience, because that is the business the network is in, and that is what they require. Boyd Kirkland, Craig Kyle, and I, however, spend a lot of extra energy in trying to tell stories that all other age groups would enjoy. It's a balancing act. For every "Impact" we do, we must also do a "Cruise Control" or "No Good Deed" or even "Walk on the Wild Side" (which is a particular favorite with young girls).
We do read the forums, and we do take into consideration people's opinions. But a lot of factors go into the decisions we make."
Did you have any other careers before writing? Or was writing something that you always wanted to do?
I've always wanted to be a writer. I've always loved cartoons. It was inevitable that I'd end up here. But.... the journey into this profession is not a straight path.
Does the fact that your freedom is limited ever frustrate you?
Yes. But the challenge is to work within those limitations and still create something you're proud of.
What types of episodes do you like to write? What do you think is your specialty (comedy, drama, etc.)?
Well, that can be an involved question. My role on the show is as Head Writer. If someone else writes an episode, it's because I hire them to do it. In that regard, I have some writers who are stronger in comedy, and some who are stronger in action. So once Boyd, Craig, and I work out the story, I hand it off to someone best equipped to handle it. I personally enjoy writing the dramatic action episodes... but they all have veins of comedy in them.
How much speculation do you usually read on message boards like Beyond Evolution? Are you aware of the discussions that happen after stories air and use this feedback/speculation for "fuel"?
Speaking for myself, due to time constraints, I can't really spend much time reading all the different threads on every active Evo forum. I usually check out the reactions to specific episodes, and if a subject heading looks interesting, I might glance through it. All feedback is taken into consideration.
Do you think an X-Men Evolution movie would be a hit and would you want to be a part of it?
I absolutely think it would be a hit, and I'd love to do one. Unfortunately, the decision to do one doesn't rest with me.