– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Joss Whedon has always been seen as someone who writes great female characters, and who has long championed strong female protagonists for his stories. From projects like BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER to ALIEN: RESURRECTION, from FIRELY to DOLLHOUSE, and within his two AVENGERS movies for Marvel, Whedon has a history of showcasing kickass women kicking serious ass and not being treated as damsels or mere eye candy. At one point, he was even working on a WONDER WOMAN movie for DC.

Because of this pedigree, Whedon is always a filmmaker that is sought-after when it comes to discussing the state of women in film. A hot button issue as of late has been the idea of female superheroes. We live in an age where strong women have led films like THE HUNGER GAMESDIVERGENT, and even a sacred cow franchise like STAR WARS, so why hasn’t there been a comic book movie featuring a super heroine in a lead role up until now? DC’s WONDER WOMAN next June will be the first. 

Whedon doesn’t have an answer for that question, but he gives Marvel honcho Kevin Feige credit for fighting to get CAPTAIN MARVEL made. The 2019 film will be the first from Marvel Studios that has a female superhero as its star, and Whedon says Feige went all-in on getting it made.

Kevin Feige fought a mighty fight to get her on the schedule. So it’s a start. You could say that should be a middle, but it’s a start,” Whedon told The Wrap. As of now, CAPTAIN MARVEL doesn’t have anyone cast in the role, or anyone sitting in the director’s chair for it. Some might say that Whedon would be a great fit for that project, but he’s currently laser-focused on his original script at the moment.

When asked about what he’s working on, the writer-director was fairly tight-lipped. “It is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable sh-t,” he said. “And that much is all I can say.

It is an original screenplay that is very different from everything I’ve ever done except for that it’s exactly the same,” Whedon added. “It’s the first time in my life I’m writing without a sort of studio audience rating — without a plan,” he said. “I’m just writing about something I care about, so it’s a little terrifying and it’s taking a little longer. But I think it will be good!”

Lastly, Whedon also gave some insight into the kind of super heroine tale he would want to tackle if he ever returned to the world of comic book movies. When asked if he would do some sort of all-female AVENGERS movie, Whedon said, “Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the JESSICA JONES-ey kind of stories than the delightful SUPERGIRL stories that my daughter wants.

SOURCE: The Wrap

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.