Arrowverse writer Marc Guggenheim says he ‘wasted his time’ with DC after James Gunn era disapproval

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Arrowverse writer Marc Guggenheim has said he “wasted” his time after being turned down by new DC bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran.

Arrow co-creator Guggenheim shared a new post where he talked about the sacrifices he made to bring The CW’s big “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover to life a few years ago.

However, after being told his phone would “ring off the hook” after the ambitious project, the writer shared his disappointment with how things turned out, especially after the recent shake-up in DC.

“The project, a live action adaptation of a groundbreaking comic book series that made a deep impression on my psyche, was more than a labor of love – it was in every way a work and a project that I spent every ounce of capital on.” d amassed developing DC Comics-related shows for Warner Bros. over an eight-year period,” he wrote on Substack.

“I called in every favor. I used every chip. I burned every bridge. I even spent $10,000 of my own money.”

Guggenheim went on to claim that “my phone didn’t actually ring after that. ‘Off the hook’ or otherwise”, adding: “Yeah – and I don’t mean to belittle this in the slightest – fans loved what we had tweets, there were posts, there were memes, there was a lot of discussion.

“Which I was all very grateful for – and remain -. While working on these shows, we always reminded ourselves that the opposite of love wasn’t hate, it was apathy, and no matter what, there was never any apathy Except, well, Hollywood.”

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The writer talked about Gunn and Safran’s takeover of DC and expressed disappointment that he didn’t get at least a “talk” during their plans.

“James Gunn has announced that he has put together a ‘writer’s room’ to help map out what the new ‘DC Universe’ will be under his and James Safran’s leadership,” Guggenheim wrote. Suffice it to say I am not in that group.

“I’m not particularly surprised. In fact, I assumed they would collect 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 met at least.”

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“No job, mind you. A meeting. A conversation. A small acknowledgment of what I had tried to contribute to the great tapestry that is the DC Universe. After all, I had only toiled in that vineyard for nine years. “

He went on to say that he’s faced “a lot of setbacks, challenges, and personal sacrifices” while working for DC, adding, “Simply put, the Arrowverse hasn’t led to any other appearances, so it feels – at least on a career level – that I really wasted my time.

Digital spy has reached out to Gunn representatives for comment on Guggenheim’s claims.

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