They may be representing competing comic book companies, but Arrow showrunner and Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim sat down to interview his wife Tara Butters, showrunner of Agent Carter, and her longtime writing partner Michele Fazekas for The Hollywood Reporter.
The pair call the eight-episode run of Agent Carter “a blessing” and are very excited about a potential second season, but also talked about their connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – confirming appearances from other Marvel characters. Sadly for us, they’re keeping their lips sealed for now.
“I’ve never had such a high level of security,” Fazekas said. “I understand why they do it in this day and age — even when Tara and I worked as assistants on The X-Files where, when they did the first X-Files movie, they were printing script pages out on red paper so you couldn’t photocopy it and they were stamping everyone’s name on the script. The level of security here is really high — because they don’t want any spoilers out there — and as little as you can say, the better it is. They don’t want anyone to know anything about it other than what they have to disclose. You’re always literally looking to someone saying, ‘Can I say this or not?'”
Butters then asked Guggenheim what it’s like working for the other side, “DC is actually pretty chill,” he responded. “I will say [Arrow and Flash showrunner] Andrew Kreisberg and I tend to be the gatekeepers in terms of what’s a secret or trying to keep spoilers from leaking out. DC never really dictates stuff to us. We’re self-policing, and we always apply a story that I had heard about Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Spoiler alert: In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the Enterprise was blown up, and when Paramount cut the trailer, that scene was in the trailer. [Producer] Harve Bennett and [director/star] Leonard Nimoy went to Sherry Lansing — the head of Paramount at the time — saying, ‘That’s a huge moment for us, we don’t want that in the trailer.’ And Lansing replied, ‘Well, do you want people to be surprised or do you want them to go to the movie?’ We use that as a barometer [on Arrow and Flash]. We’re not militant but there are certain things that are absolutely secret. There was a pilot printed on red paper, and I read everything on my iPad and have a scanner on my desk for these purposes. I scanned in the script and red paper script scans in perfectly fine.”
You can read the rest of the interview here.