Arrowverse co-creator says new DC bosses never reached out

Arrowverse co-creator Matthew Guggenheim thinks DC heads James Gunn and Peter Safran at least owed him a meeting…

James Gunn and Peter Safran have hit the ground running ever since taking over as co-CEOs and -chairmen of DC Studios. And while major plans have emerged from the shadows under the title Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters, some key players won’t be coming along for the ride. And no, we don’t just mean Henry Cavill…Matthew Guggeheim, co-creator of the Arrowverse, has spoken out against both Gunn and Safran, saying they should have at least sat down for a chat about the future of DC.

Not long after Gunn and Safran unveiled the slate for Gods and Monsters, Matthew Guggenheim took to his online newsletter to pen a piece titled “NO GOOD DEED”, which focused on the Arrowverse and DC In it, he laments the fact that nobody at DC reached out. “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.” He added, “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 really wasted my time.” Guggenheim says he even considered ending his newsletter for good, writing he never set out to be negative.

Considering how frequently James Gunn responds to criticism on Twitter, it’s a bit of a surprise that so few have brought up the Arrowverse to him–unless, of course, even fans recognize that there’s nothing of true substance within Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow worth expanding on in DC’s future.

In the announcement for Gods and Monsters, Safran said, “As we craft the plan for DC Studios, we are thrilled to share with fans the first 10 stories they can expect from the unified DC Universe featuring some of our most well-known characters as well as the next generation of marquee characters…Chapter 1 tells cohesive stories that highlight love, compassion, and the innate goodness of the human spirit, all designed to minimize audience confusion and maximize audience engagement across platforms.” So, no, no room for the Arrowverse at DC at this time…

What do you think? Does Matthew Guggenheim deserve a call from James Gunn and Peter Safran about the Arrowverse contributing to the future of DC? Do you think Guggenheim really wasted his time? Let us know in the comments below!

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