joss whedon interview
It’s been six months since Marvel, Joss Whedon and their super team feature film The Avengers dominated the market, proving once and for all that good things do indeed come Whedon. It wasn’t an easy road, as the director can attest to, but thankfully all the highs and lows have paid off.
Back before the heyday of “Whedon Fever”, the man now known for bringing a million women to the feet of Tom Hiddleston was just that one guy behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now he’s one of the biggest figureheads for the creative aspect of Hollywood. Marvel has signed him to write and direct The Avengers 2 and he’s also the creator/executive producer for the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. Check out what Whedon had to say after the jump.
Anyone who scans the daily geek-news knows that Joss Whedon positively loves to talk about his projects. As a consequence, people love to interview him and pretty much every word he speaks in the presence of another human being is recorded and placed within the vastness of the Internet. Here’s a little more of what Whedon has to say about why Wonder Woman projects seem to be cursed, as well as his thoughts on possibly returning some already used characters to the S.H.I.E.L.D. television show.
When asked about the last incarnation of Wonder Woman (courtesy WB and David E. Kelley) and why it tanked:
I don’t think that was a match. I just don’t. I don’t think that he needs to write about superheroes. You need to need to write about superheroes to write about superheroes. If that’s not in your vernacular, you may bring something new and interesting to it, but at the end of the day, if you don’t have that burning desire to talk about these people who have these insane powers, then some other agenda is going to come forward and you might accidentally turn off the dark.
And when asked about whether Lizzy Kaplan and Jesse Bradford will make their way to the new S.H.I.E.L.D. production because of their appearance in Item 47, a short film slotted to be included on The Avengers Blu-ray:
I honestly do not think they are available because I think she is on another show. We’re building it with a new group of people. They were great and that had a lot to do with why we are making the show, but we are starting fresh.
So there you have it, the latest words of Joss Whedon. Listen, worship, obey and, most importantly, watch his television shows! Next week, Joss Whedon expresses him opinions on the viability of 1-ply vs. 2-ply toilet paper.
Read plenty more of Joss Whedon’s words over at craveonline and a special thanks to ComicBookMovie for bringing us the good news.
By now, everyone has heard that Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. organization has gotten its own television show as part of the studio’s attempt to spam all things Marvel across every medium they can manage. And while we know that ABC will be hosting the show, little else has been said about the project. In a recent interview with MTV News, Joss Whedon talked a bit more about what’s going for S.H.I.E.L.D., including his intention to not reuse old characters, instead introducing fans to a pack of fresh faces.
When asked about the project, he had this to say:
It’s new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to the MCU] but you don’t want to do a show where you’re constantly going, ‘Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.’ You want them to do their own thing.
Well, what does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don’t? And that, to me, is that they’re not superheroes. But they live in that universe. Even though they’re a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that’s interesting to me.
S.H.I.E.L.D. may not be a super hero project in the traditional sense, but with Joss Whedon in charge and working in television (where, in my opinion, he does his best), it will be interesting to see what comes of it. Since he won’t have the same looming threat of cancellation that has plagued previous creations, we may get a fully developed Marvel universe centered around something other than the people with the crazy powers.
Plus, since it’s S.H.I.E.L.D.’s job to deal with the worst of threats, it gives Whedon the chance to bring in all sorts of super villains to fight or other super heroes to help out when needed. Given his track record, let’s hope that Whedon can pull off something great with his huge budget and newfound ability to throw his weight around and get things done the way he envisions them.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
Now that Joss Whedon has time to take a breath and think about his future instead of madly running the circuit to promote The Avengers, he was able to sit down and talk about some of his projects, both present and past. In a recent interview with Vulture, Whedon speaks on the Avengers sequel, the new S.H.I.E.L.D. television project and the how and why of his deciding that joining Marvel for many years to come was a good idea.
He talks about why a certain wraparound sequence was left out of the final Avengers cut:
Two factors. One: The movie was three hours long. Two: Audiences didn’t respond to it as well in the movie as I think they would as a DVD extra… The rollout to the Avengers getting to Loki was so gradual that people were getting restless.
About whether his newfound super-mega-stardom, post-Avengers has really sunk in:
It never really has, but when it does, I’m going to become such an enormous dick. [Laughs.] I’m going to have a personal dog polisher and the biggest posse ever. I’m going to be insufferable — well, I mean more insufferable than I already am. You know, at some point, the numbers become meaningless. They’re large, and you can’t really count that high. I felt like I had a particular mission in making what I felt was a slightly old-fashioned movie, because I grew up wanting to make summer movies and wanting to make superhero movies, and I got to do both at once.
On why he decided to chain himself to Marvel projects for the next three years of his life:
Every writer loves the idea of being able to go in and fix a problem and then leave without obligation. It’s fun! I also love these characters and the Marvel universe, and I grew up reading the books, and I’ve been going back and reading the old books and realizing that they shaped my storytelling way more than I give them credit for. Now I’m starting up a TV show, which is something I really wanted to do, but I thought it wasn’t going to be a part of my life for the next several years. It’s like a tapas menus of projects that excite me, in addition to the Avengers sequel, which I’m excited for because I’m incredibly excited about the next story that I’m going to tell. For me, it’s a huge win.
And about his involvement in the S.H.I.E.L.D. project and the big change it presents from his other, often less-well-received television work:
Good support is wonderful, but it’s not a hill of beans, because they may give us all this support and then decide, “Eh. Yeah, it’s Friday.” They might give us all the support and then not do that, but then audiences might go, “Yeahhh … no.” You just can’t be sure.
And so the great Whedon has spoken! But he did have a little bit more to say, so feel free to head on over to vulture.com if you have the urge to read the rest of it.
Until next time, thanks to our loyal readers and thanks to vulture.com for letting us pillage their interview.
The name Joss Whedon has resonated among geek culture for some time and this icon has recently made a world-wide name for himself by directing the massively popular (and profitable) Avengers movie. As most know by now, he’s signed up to direct the sequel. Apparently, he’s also signed on to do a lot more with Marvel Studios. While doing his rounds to promote Avengers in Japan (where it only recently released) some Japanese online news-types managed to pin him down and get an interview.
The translation is a bitch (my translator only turns out a mish-mosh of vaguely intelligible sentences), so we’re relying on our pals over at screenrant (thanks guys!) who managed to pull some of the juicy bits out.
Here are the general highlights of what Whedon had to say about the future of Avengers and other Marvel projects:
1) While he wants to do something more personal for the Avengers sequel and is looking to spend more time exploring the characters, he’s still upping the number of team members (one addition that he says he’s already decided on) and is planning on keeping the story just as epic as the first.
2) Avengers 2 will be stand-alone in the way he plans on putting it together, so even those that don’t keep up with all the ‘part 2s’ of the coming years won’t be lost walking into it.
3) He’s going to be heavily involved in putting together all of the next run of sequels for Marvel Studios, using his powerful geek-brain to act as a consultant.
4) Marvel Studios plans on using the Avengers brand name to help promote Whedon’s upcoming Marvel TV series (which remains a mystery thus far).
So there you have it folks – Whedon is shackled to Marvel Studios for many years to come and seems rather eager about the whole situation. Hopefully, his touch will be evident in upcoming productions and we can expect a good deal of continuity along with some more kick-ass super hero flicks.
Thanks to screenrant once again for the heads-up.
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!
Thanks to geektyrant and The Hollywood Reporter for the heads up on this one.