Inspirational Quotes from Greg Berlanti

TV’s job is to make you lean in, and a film’s job is to make you lean back.

Greg Berlanti

I love telling stories. Creating a character, a world, a whole universe out of nothing. That part I can’t get enough of.

Greg Berlanti

What I really appreciated about Obama in the last campaign was that he was not reactive, and we’re such a reactive culture… It takes a certain strength to be patient and have a plan.

Greg Berlanti

That’s part of what always fascinated me about the Flash. Yes, he had superpowers, but he wasn’t superhuman. He was vulnerable. He could be hurt or killed. He’s not getting in a jet. He actually is the jet. So he had this gift, but with it came this risk. And I think that’s what makes the character relatable.

Greg Berlanti

I think a lot of what I’ve done is about people feeling as if they are part of the world but also not part of it at the same time. I don’t know whether that’s from being a gay kid, but I definitely think that resonates with me.

Greg Berlanti

You have to always try to think about them like real people first, and not just heroes. They have to be real characters. As people do more and more superhero stuff, the characters are what distinguish it, just like in cop shows.

Greg Berlanti

There were only a couple of Marvel characters I read. I read ‘Iron Man.’ I have a lot of those. And this was the time they tried X-Factor out. I was never an X-Men person, but I was like, ‘Let me check out X-Factor.’ I was more of a DC guy in general.

Greg Berlanti

It’s one of the things that ‘Everwood’ – what makes a great ‘Everwood’ episode is when it makes you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. From the first season, we’ve always had the chance to deal with death in a very real way, in a way that a lot of other shows can’t or don’t.

Greg Berlanti

Everwood’ I think provides a unique feeling, an emotional experience. And other shows on TV don’t have the acting talent to do that. Each one of our actors can do a serious scene and a humorous scene, and can do it all within the same sequence. They can go from a heartbreaking moment to a humorous moment.

Greg Berlanti

Television is ultimately a business of failure. You try a lot of things, and most of it fails.

Greg Berlanti

Especially with DVRs nowadays, people have their roster. More and more, it’s not just, ‘I’ll watch what’s on at 9 P.M.’ They have their backlog of the shows they always watch, that they record every week, and it’s a matter of, how do you get into that list?

Greg Berlanti

For me, the romantic comedies I love are the ones that pay homage to the genre, but also find their ways to twist it and tweak it.

Greg Berlanti

We did ‘Jack & Bobby’ in the middle of the Kerry/Bush election. It hurt it a little bit. No matter what we did, everyone thought we were advocating for one person over the other. The stuff I work on is more about the people.

Greg Berlanti

For most of my childhood, even through college, there was a lot of feeling very alone. I loved TV, so when those very special episodes of anything came, or when certain characters reflected the world I lived in, I felt connected.

Greg Berlanti

I have a Twitter profile, but I avoid red carpets and all that kind of stuff. I’d rather no one talk about me ever, and I just get to do my thing. I’m an introvert.

Greg Berlanti

The thing that I probably enjoy the most and also am the best at in whatever art form I’m working in is being the protector of the emotional experience of the audience.

Greg Berlanti

I read some Marvel, but I was more of a DC guy. Particularly the Flash, Barry Allen. I latched on to him because I felt like him. You thought to yourself, ‘Well, you can’t really be Superman.’ You couldn’t really be Batman – Batman was a really dark figure. I identified with Barry Allen’s hopefulness.

Greg Berlanti

I didn’t happen to be one of those gay kids who knew definitively by the time I was 13.

Greg Berlanti

I was a DC fan; The Flash was always my favorite character. He was sort of the most average guy amongst all of these icons, even though he had super speed, you know?

Greg Berlanti

The most important decision you can make as a showrunner when you’re doing a pilot is who’s in it and who’s directing it.

Greg Berlanti

There were moments where Supergirl gets a thrashing in the pilot, where if a man in the ‘Flash’ or ‘Arrow’ pilot got beat up, people didn’t visibly wince. And I watched in testing, people in the audience really became uncomfortable by the fisticuffs and the action. But then, they were elated and cheering at the end.

Greg Berlanti

When we started ‘Arrow,’ there weren’t really a lot of superhero shows in general. And it was a burden on us because it was, ‘Are you going to fail or succeed?’ And now they’re everywhere.

Greg Berlanti

Early episodes of TV I compare to out-of-town plays. You can make them better. You don’t have all the time in the world, but you have time to make them better and improve them as you go along.

Greg Berlanti

There are a few reboots I’d love to see that I’d love to have nothing to do with! I’d love to watch just as a viewer. ‘Quantum Lea’ – someone should bring that back. I’d love to see another ‘Star Trek’ show on the air. I loved ‘Buck Rogers’; someone should do that. But I don’t want the responsibility of doing any of those things.

Greg Berlanti

In TV, in general, the more you try and please everybody, the less people you please.

Greg Berlanti

To me, there’s still nothing more thrilling than, every week, people getting to see another chapter in this story that you’re telling.

Greg Berlanti

If I had to give odds, I would say 30 percent of whatever good fortune I’ve had in this business has been luck, and 50 percent has been casting – so that’s 80 percent right there. And 20 percent is just working really hard and taking risks.

Greg Berlanti

Flash’ has a family drama element, ‘Arrow’ has a epic saga/crime element, ‘Supergirl’ has a young-woman-in-the-city and a workplace element, and ‘Legends’ is like the Dirty Dozen teaming up.

Greg Berlanti

There is nothing I’ve wanted more, or waited for longer, than to be a father.

Greg Berlanti

People don’t really see television shows and movies as different anymore. They expect the same quality.

Greg Berlanti

I can remember when there were storylines with gay characters on shows like ‘Family’ and ‘Dynasty’ and thinking, I have something in common with that person. This was way before the Internet and all the visibility that has brought with it.

Greg Berlanti