While writer/director Joss Whedon has been delighting genre audiences for decades with such TV shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse, it was in his 2012 film The Avengers that put him in the eye of the mainstream public. For a few years, Joss Whedon became one of the main architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but after the disappointing release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon went back into his creative lair. He by no means disappeared, but for the past years and a half, he’s definitely been off the radar more than usual.
The reason for that? The man’s working his creative juices on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a brand new project, as revealed in a Complex interview:
“I’m in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about, and I am going to be extremely passionate about it again on November 9. It’s definitely a departure from the things that I’m known for. It’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written … It’s a historical fiction slash horror movie about a time when the world was going insane, World War II. I got to tell you: I was in Germany and Poland doing research for this movie and I was seeing so many parallels [to the U.S.]. And I know it’s a shopworn thing to compare the orange guy to the little guy with the mustache, but you see things, indelible things in terms of propaganda, the state of the country, and the parallels are eerie as f**k.”
Of course, every few years, someone has to ask about the whole Marvel vs. DC rivalry, but now that the DC Extended Universe is underway, now’s as good a time as any to ask the man who used to be at the head of Marvel Studios:
“I did not see Suicide Squad. I saw Batman v Superman. Everybody’s got their own method. I think Marvel has been more successful systematically. DC has been more cinematic—their stuff looks amazing—but I feel like Kevin [Feige, President of Marvel Studios] is a really good storyteller. He really cares about coherence, and I feel like style never defeats substance at Marvel, but a little style creeps in. Ant-Man had some, Doctor Strange might be funky, and they are doing very fun things on TV. The Marvel-Netflix thing is working really well. DC’s decision to have their shows on TV with different actors playing the same characters at the same time as their movies, is a little interesting.“
Following the exhaustion Whedon faced with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and his apparent desire to do some smaller films, can we expect him to do any other big budget movies.
“I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine. So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, 'I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?' But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, 'I want to do that.' To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.”
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