In his edition of DC Round-Up, Arrow’s Marc Guggenheim discussed process; The Flash’s Dominic Purcell discussed Heat Wave; and Viola Davis discussed her role in Suicide Squad.
To say Marc Guggenheim and his wife, Tara Butters, are a comic book family would be an understatement. Guggenheim, currently an exec producer on The CW’s Arrow, has written scores of Marvel comics (and DC feature Green Lantern). Butters and her longtime writing partner, Michele Fazekas, currently showrun ABC’s second-year drama Resurrection and Marvel’s high-profile Captain America TV spinoff Agent Carter.
The Hollywood Reporter enlisted Guggenheim to get the inside scoop from Fazekas and Butters. During that conversation, Guggenheim answered their questions about his process…
Fazekas: How much interaction do you have with DC when you’re doing Arrow? Are you getting notes from them? Are you getting cut notes? How much are they involved in your show?
Guggenheim: We have these semi-regular meetings where throughout the season we’ll take them through the next chunks of episodes and say, “These are the big 10 pulls, here are the big moves that we’re making.” We plan the season out all in advance, so at the beginning of the season they know where the midseason finale is going to be, who’s going to die and who’s going to become a superhero. That’s usually when we discuss which characters from the DC universe we want to bring in and which ones we can bring in. Obviously DC has a lot of different projects both in TV and film and we want to make sure that we’re not stealing characters slotted for other avenues. Episode by episode, they’re on all the studio notes calls and the calls for the cut. The only time we actually get notes are in the script stage. They actually produce a handy little document for us that is usually no more than two pages long with notes and thoughts. It’s very democratic and offered for our consideration. We always say we’ll take a good note from anywhere, and usually their notes are really quite good.
In a video interview with Buddy TV, Dominic Purcell talked about his role as Heat Wave on The Flash. Highlights from the interview:
•Heat Wave arrives with a “bang” and is immediately involved in the action.
•He’s not introduced as the man behind the Heat Wave persona initially.
•The experience was like “doing a comic book movie each week.”
•Miller and Purcell will be returning to The Flash after this episode.
•They target The Flash because “they just don’t like good guys.”
•Captain Cold “is in charge” and has to rein in Heat Wave. They do have a moral code.
•Purcell doesn’t consider Heat Wave to be “evil.”
•Heat Wave has a tragic past. He was severely burnt.
•It took a couple hours in make-up to create the burned look. It’s “payback” for the time Miller spent in the chair on Prison Break.
In an interview with Nerd Report, Viola Davis discussed her role as Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad…
Davis told me she’s still working it out and has not begun reading comic books for research yet. “Not yet,” Davis said. “I have not started reading them yet. I’ve read up about her but I’m working out my schedule for Suicide Squad.”
However, she clearly loves the character and said she can’t wait to delve in. “I’m fascinated by her. I’m fascinated by her in this world of superhero-ness because she is not a woman that you would expect. I think that she is a massive contradiction. She’s this big powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will. I’m fascinated in exploring her psychology, just put it that way. And I’m excited to pick up a gun.”