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Arrowverse Creator Regrets Wasting Time in DC


Since becoming co-CEO of DC Studios, James Gunn has been vocal about the decisions he participated in that fans find difficult to accept, as well as the decisions he claims he had no involvement with. One of the aspects that suffers from the revamping of the new DC Universe is the Arrowverse. The Arrowverse has thrived on the small screen, with multiple shows, such as Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Batwoman, sharing an interconnected storyline. Unfortunately, that part of joint universes is sadly meeting its end.

In a new blog post on his site, Arrowverse creator Marc Guggenheim opened up about his experience of being behind the wheel on The CW's many superheroes shows after roughly a decade and watching his hard work go to waste. His creative work to translate a massive addition of the DC Comics legacy to screen has been put to waste, beginning with Supergirl ending early with its sixth season and being followed by the cancellation of Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow.

“I’m not particularly surprised. I assumed that they would assemble some kind of brain trust to help facilitate what I assumed — hoped — would be a vision as ambitious as the DC Universe deserves. But I’ll be honest: I would have liked to have gotten at least a meeting. Not a job, mind you. A meeting. A conversation. A small recognition of what I’d tried to contribute to the grand tapestry that is the DC Universe. I’d only spent nine years toiling in that vineyard, after all.” Guggenheim wrote.

He continued, “And then there was some other stuff which boiled down to me lamenting that although working for DC had been creatively fulfilling, it involved a lot of adversity, challenges, and personal sacrifices — none of which seem to have accrued to any professional benefit. Simply put, the Arrowverse hasn’t led to any other gigs, so it feels — at least on a career level — that I wasted my time.”

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In his statement, he also emphasized that creating Crisis on Infinite Earths was more than a labor of love, as it took everything in him. He also weighed in on how The Flash series, Smallville series, and other DC projects mainstreamed the concept of an interconnected multiverse before Marvel's 'Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness ever did.

Guggenheim co-created Stephen Amell's Arrow, where he later served as showrunner and writer for a few seasons and executive producer for the rest. He also wrote for the Arrowverse's Vixen, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, for which he was also an executive producer. He also spent years co-writing the Green Lantern movie, a Green Lantern streaming series, and comic books like The Flash, Batman Confidential, Adventures of Superman, and the Justice Society of America.

One of the Arrowverse series, The Flash's final season, can be watched every Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.


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