The master plan does not have a master plan. Television ultimately finds itself, and after it finds itself, it finds itself changing.
I don't have a ton of enemies. I get along with people pretty well when I'm not annoying them to death.
I never give up on anything, because you come back around, and suddenly the thing you thought you'd never do is relevant.
My dad would go to work every day and write in a room full of funny people. He enjoyed it. I know great writers who find the process agonising but to me, writing has always been sheer joy.
I don't tend to write straight dramas where real life just impinges. But because I don't, when I do, it is very interesting to slap people in the face with just an absolute of life.
Wonder Woman isn't Spider-man or Batman. She doesn't have a town, she has a world. That was more interesting to me than a kind of contained, rote superhero franchise.
You learn something every time you make a mistake.
Personally, the NSA collecting data on me freaks me out. It totally freaks me out. And yet I'm from the generation that wants to put a GPS in their kids so I always know where they are.
I've had so much success. I had something to say, I got to say it, people heard it, and they agreed. That's every artist's dream. That's the brass ring.
If somebody is in a story, they need to be there for a reason, and not just to set up somebody else's story.
I would love to give you a more in-depth coherent explanation of my view of the soul, and if I had one I would. The soul and my concept of it are as ephemeral as anybody's, and possibly more so.
The secret to multitasking is that it isn't actually multitasking. It's just extreme focus and organization.
I would like to have as much going on as other people do, but my problem is I get so attached to things, and there's my kids, and I need my sleep, and then there's being married - gotta check in on that, too.
I spent a ton of time alone. I was raised by a feminist; I had a terrifying father and oppressively scary and mean brothers. We had a farm. The rule was between breakfast and lunch you weren't allowed to make a sound.
I'm not big on regret; I don't spend a lot of time on it.
I had older brothers, and I don't think there's anything worse than an older brother. They pretty much told me the end of everything they got to see before I did.
I like to think that I'm a populist entertainer, but I'm a little bit idiosyncratic, and sometimes the networks wouldn't really roll with that.
I've been in this business for a long while, but it's not like I've been waiting tables. Since I started writing, I've only worked on things that I love. I've had a lot of heartbreak, but you don't become an artist and not expect that.
I used to write chronologically when I started, from beginning to end. Eventually I went, 'That's absurd; my heart is in this one scene, therefore I must follow it.'
There are two things that interest me - and they're both power, ultimately. One is not having it and one is abusing it.
On one level, I must never lose touch with my audience. But I must, at some point, stop trying to get everybody to like me, and be true to the thing I think I need to say.
Something like 'Much Ado' happens, and even 'Avengers' happens because of the years of building connections and doing the work and proving yourself.
The musicals that I love on stage are generally meant for the stage.
I usually write things in my head before I ever write them down. When I write it out, usually I've already figured out what it is I'm trying to do.
Shakespeare's language does not require a British accent. It requires a facility with language, and that's all.
I loved working with 'The Avengers' cast and we had a great time, but it was a job, and they had other commitments during that job, so they would go off and do other things.
I don't like uncertainty. I don't play poker. I don't like bluffing.
The people who feel the most strongly about something will turn on you the most vociferously if they feel you've let them down.
I always believe in just have as much fun as you can so that when you're in the part that you hate, there's a light at the end of the tunnel, that you're close to finished.
The fact is some people really love my work, some people not so much, but at the end of the day, I don't want anybody coming out of the movie thinking about me.
The problem for me is that 'Watchmen,' one of the great comics of all time, is a look at superheroes that has gone beyond the concept of or necessity for superheroes.
I've often said there's no such thing as a track record in TV. I seen people who created things much more successful than mine treated like dirt.
My first gig ever was writing looplines for a movie that had already been made. You know, writing lines over somebody's back to explain something, to help make a connection, to add a joke, or to just add babble because the people are in frame and should be saying something.
I just love language. I mean, I love it. I love stage directions. Any opportunity to write. I hadn't written in so long, I get very crazy and miserable. I - it's like not seeing my kids: I can't do it for very long.
I was never a games night guy, but at some point, social interaction starts to freak me out. So when there's a point, it's easier for me to see the people I love and hang out and try to have fun.
I have a pathological fear of confrontation. I'm working on that.
I never write anything without humor, just because I like humor, but at the same time, it is a way for anything fantastical to become relatable.
Why anybody gets my sense of humor I never know, but I do know that when they do, I keep them as close as I possibly can.
When people say to me, 'Why are you so good at writing at women?' I say, 'Why isn't everybody?'
I am not a fan of referencing your own work when it's in a different universe than what you're doing. That, to me, is a wink at the audience, and winking isn't actually cool when you're not, like, 10.