Marc Guggenheim

Justice League Alex Ross

Sure, The Avengers being really awesome probably had a lot to do with the fact that it’s now the third most money-making movie of all time. But, more than that, the film probably has Marvel’s long term planning to thank for its extreme level of success. Instead of just making a movie about a team of superheroes, Marvel first introduced each member of the team in their own films, they dropped hints about the fact that they would all be coming together at some point, and, when it was all said and done, The Avengers finally premiered after six years of build-up and anticipation. That’s pretty unprecedented. Seeing as they own DC Comics, Warner Bros also has a fairly impressive stable of superheroes at their command. And they’ve even managed to leverage their properties into a bunch of successful animated television shows in the past. But, in recent years, the only character they’ve had any real success with in the live-action feature format is Batman. They’re not even close to doing something with DC’s premier superhero team, The Justice League, that could be on par with what Marvel did with The Avengers.

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There are at least a hundred million little green reasons not to make Green Lantern 2, but Warners is ignoring all of them. That’s as true now as it was after the film’s release. “We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” Warners President Jeff Robinov told the LA Times. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.” Forget edgy and dark. Just make a good movie. Let Reynolds have fun, stop being so mopey, and make us care about what happens to him. What they really need is a script that doesn’t have the same lack of energy or second act problems. On the one hand, it’s a dangerous financial move that doesn’t earn much fan credit because the movie was so bland. On the other, as I’ve argued before, this is another chance to get it right. Warners already has a script from Green Lantern writers Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, although they may make significant changes to it or scrap it altogether. Regardless of what they choose, the lesson they have to learn is the same one that freshman college students taking their first class in screenwriting are about to learn this fall: how to tell a story. With any luck, the box office beating that the first film took will be […]

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Green Lantern and The Flash

It’s become clear that Warner Bros. has a lot of confidence in the Martin Campbell directed Green Lantern movie. They must be seeing something incredible from the Louisiana set. Because putting money into the first film in a B-level superhero franchise is one thing, but starting work on sequel before principal photography is wrapped on the first is something different entirely.

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Resurrection

Universal Studios has optioned Eli Stone creator Marc Guggenheim’s current comic book Resurrection for further development.

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman and writer Marc Guggenheim, co-creator of TV’s Eli Stone, are working with Virgin Comics to create an original comic book series called Nowhere Man

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