Joss Whedon is a busy boy, what with finishing up and promoting his two movies this year – Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods. Add to that the birthing stages of the Dr. Horrible sequel and God-knows-what-else he’s got his hands on, and you’d think he’d prefer to spend his time sleeping or drinking mass quantities of stress-relieving alcohol.
But this is not the case. Ever consumed by a devotion to his fans, Whedon took some time out the other day to answer an onslaught of questions to answer questions and address concerns via Reddit.
He was bombarded with all sorts of questions, about both new properties and old, all of which can be seen on this page. Here, however, we’ll just look at a few of the more interesting ones, like:
What’s up with Firefly? Is there a chance it will return?
“Step 2:Cancel Castle. Step 3: Cancel Homeland. Step 4: Generally destroy everybody’s careers. Step 5: Avoid Step 2.”
How’s work going on the new Dr. Horrible?
“We’re not shooting right now, we’re still in the early stages of writing. But we hope to make a great deal of progress this summer. And you can expect the death of someone you love…
Yes, the original cast will be back for Dr H 2, but Penny will be… um… I don’t want to say ‘decomposing…”
Is there a feature-length musical on the horizon?
“Full scale musical? The biggest non-spaceship-involving dream of my life. But it’s a huge life commitment…”
What’s up with always killing off characters, especially ones that the fans love?
“I actually find it refreshing… delightful…. vaguely arousing….
Actually, I’m, no offense, very tired of being labelled as “the guy who kills people”. Shakespeare (he’s this hot new writer) does it way more than me, and everyone’s all excited about how he, as it were, holds a mirror up to nature, while I’m like the Jason Voorhees of the writing community. Unfair.
Also, probably Buffy’s Mom.”
And, Joss’s favorite characters he’s written thus far?
“Favorite characters? Jeez. Spike, Andrew,Illyria, River, Captain Hammer, Loki, the Cheese Man… hell, I love them all, or I wouldn’t write them. But I tend to the left of center.
The hardest was always Angel. How to make a decent, handsome, stalwart hero interesting — tough. Angelus, on the other hand…”
It’s nice to see a writer/director/geek-deity so eager to share some face-time with his fans. Personally, I’m looking forward to both Avengers (May 4th) and The Cabin in the Woods (tomorrow!) and will be watching pretty much whatever this man puts out.
All hail, Joss Whedon, Lord of Sci-Fi!
Category: Nerd Culture