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Recently, Marc Guggenheim sat down with Comic Book Resources for an in-depth talk on his upcoming projects within the rapidly growing DC Universe on television. After the executive producer sat down to discuss the upcoming season of Arrow, he spent some time discussing the next installment of the small screen franchise: [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021).

I have to be careful, because the nature of the Internet is, "Marc says that all the DC characters are fair game on Legends!" And then I get an angry phone call. I will say that it's certainly the craziest show I've ever been involved with.
I mean, the show is nuts. It's got time travel and superheroes and super villains. It's a great deal of fun. And we always try to write and produce these shows for people who love the comics but also for people who don't read comics.

For many new comic book fans, that statement holds true: the crowd has grown quite a lot in the past ten years, and that credit can be partially given to the boom in superhero media.

And I think the challenge of the show is -- and we said this with "Arrow" back four years ago -- we know people who love the comics and who are going to want to see the show. No one's ever done a superhero team-up show on television before. So I figure they're okay. We also have to make sure that people -- what makes "Flash" and "Arrow" successful is because it appeals to people who don't just read the comics. And "Legends" has to attract that same non-comic book fan audience.

But beyond the open-armed welcome to potential new readers in viewership, the show takes a stride further, pulling former villains and adversaries from Arrow and The Flash to create a team that has -- well -- some work to do when it comes to learning about one another.

When it came to making villains into heroes, Guggenheim reflected on a popular "what if" scenario in the Marvel universe:

It's almost like, if you did Avengers but you made Loki an Avenger. Can you imagine how much fun that would be? And that's what it is. It gives you so much more story to tell. So you've got great actors, and you get a chance to use them in a way that is so interesting and so challenging.

As far as the cast goes, Guggenheim couldn't be any more pleased. Familiar faces that extend past the likes of DC's current TV slate are being brought to the forefront, including Brandon Routh, who -- before suiting up as The Atom -- wore the blue and red spandex of Superman.

... on "Legends," [fans will] come for the spectacle and fun of seeing all these characters on the screen together, but they're going to stay because we have the likes of Victor Garber and Wentworth Miller and Brandon Routh and everyone bouncing off of each other, and getting to know those characters.

On top of multiple television shows, Guggenheim has kept himself busy writing comics for Oni Press and Legendary, and will write for the upcoming season of [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) as well, which is certainly one way to fill the time until Legends of Tomorrow's highly anticipated 2016 premiere.


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