Marc Guggenheim On 'ARROW' Season 2
"It's about going from being the Hood to the Arrow to Green Arrow," says "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim. He confirms Superman and Batman characters are off-limits for now but that the big bad of "Arrow" season 2 is "phenomenally recognizable".
In the interview below, "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggeneim discusses lessons learned in the first season of the show and discusses a few details about the upcoming second season. You'll notice that the baseball cap he's wearing is for the "Starling City Rockets" which the prop department created for Diggle (David Ramsey) to wear. While discussing fictional sports teams in the DC Universe, Guggenheim states an episode nearly had a reference to the Starling City Rockets playing against the Gotham Rogues but the "Arrow" producer stated that they're not quite ready yet to reference the Batman world. He also confirmed that Superman characters are off limits too but added that those characters are only off limits "for the moment."
"This was always sort of the trajectory we planned. This has always been the first two years of "Batman Begins." In fact, last year, around October, right before the show premiered, we had a meeting with the head of the studio and we basically said, it's about going from being the Hood to the Arrow to Green Arrow. We knew all along that it would take us two years to do that. The thing that makes me worried is, the show works well because it has darkness to it. It's not gonna be all sunshine and rainbows in Season 2, I don't want people to get the wrong impression that the show is going to abruptly change, tonally. It's actually consistent in its tone even though Oliver has a more "Aspirational" mission."
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Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: (Season Two) October 9th, 2013
MPAA Rating: Tv-14
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Byron Mann,
Colin Donnell, Colin Salmon, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Roger R. Cross and Willa Holland
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Characters: George Papp (character) and Mort Weisinger (character)
"After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine."
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