Today, when you hear the name Marc Guggenheim, you may very well be instilled with a measure of confidence, probably because he’s one of the chief architects behind The CW’s Arrowverse. But, like anybody, the man encountered some trials and tribulations on his way to the top.
Now, it may be easy to forget this simple factoid, but Guggenheim did actually co-write the screenplay for 2011’s Green Lantern, which, believe it or not, was originally intended to kickstart the DC Extended Universe. But when the film proved to be a flop, Man of Steel got that honor for all intents and purposes.
So, when you look at which TV series and comic books he contributes to these days, you may understandably wonder how he dropped the ball with DC’s main ringslinger. To be fair, though, the blame can’t be placed on him because, as we know, studio executives at Warner Bros. really like meddling with DC movie productions.
Fortunately, both Guggenheim and lead actor Ryan Reynolds went on to find much success elsewhere, with the former running the show for a time at Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, and the latter proving to be the perfect casting choice for Deadpool.
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Speaking of which, Wade Wilson’s latest cinematic outing, Deadpool 2, had quite the memorable mid-credits scene. In keeping with the character’s irreverent fourth wall breaking humor, the Merc with a Mouth traveled back in time and actually killed Reynolds himself just as he was about to step up to the big leagues while unwrapping the screenplay for the Green Lantern movie.
As expected, some people who worked on GL were bound to see D. Piddy’s sequel at some point – and one of them just so happened to be Guggenheim! Perhaps to the surprise for some, he seemingly took the jab in stride, posting a Tweet that can be viewed above, saying the ribbing had been “well played.”
To be fair, the studio meddled with Guggenheim’s original screenplay for Green Lantern to the point that it became a much different beast by the time principal photography had wrapped, so it stands to reason that any insults lobbed at the final product might not be taken too personally by him.