It sounds like a wild Marvel/DC crossover of a fanboy’s crazy fever dreams. Joss Whedon? The guy who made Avengers and Age of Ultron switching teams to the Distinguished Competition to write and direct a Batgirl movie? That can’t be real, can it?
Just yesterday news broke that Joss Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct and produce a solo Batgirl movie for Warner Bros. as part of the DC extended universe — great news for many reasons, and if it weren’t for Whedon’s proven track record, I’d be a lot crankier about WB choosing him instead of a woman. The biggest question, of course, is which version of Batgirl will Whedon choose to adapt? As it turns out, the obvious answer may very well be the correct one.
Hey Wonder Woman, you’ve got company — good company. Joss Whedon is coming to save the DC movie universe from Zack Snyder’s severe aesthetic, which is like a high school boy’s trapper keeper covered in nu metal band stickers circa 2000. The former Marvel favorite and Avengers director is returning to the superhero genre to write, direct and produce a standalone Batgirl movie for Warner Bros., a much-needed blast of optimism for their dreary DC franchise.
We’re still actively awaiting whatever project brings Joss Whedon back to the limelight, but as Buffy the Vampire Slayer reaches a 20-year anniversary, it’s impossible to ignore how TV consumption has changed. If ever Joss plotted a TV return, streaming options like Netflix would leap at the chance, though the Avengers director says of the all-at-once model “I would not want to do it.”
Unfortunate news for fans of Firefly and accomplished film and TV actor Ron Glass, as the Emmy-nominated Barney Miller star has passed away at age 71. Glass had also appeared in everything from The Twilight Zone to Friends, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It feels like forever and a day we’ve been dividing ships of one dystopian and/or supernatural couple or another, but certainly Joss Whedon deserves credit for Buffy the Vampire Slayer cementing the trend. Over a decade later, fans are still torn over which en-souled vampire marks Buffy’s one true love, but Joss Whedon has formally made his choice. Sound the alarm, and get out your stakes.
Joss Whedon may have disappeared from social media (for a time), but the Avengers director and TV icon is back in more ways than one. Not only is Whedon back on Twitter, but he’s working on a new horror film set during World War II, and — despite his self-admitted exhaustion from working with Marvel — he’s ready to direct another big franchise film. Ideally, he wants to make one of those big Star Wars movies.
Joss Whedon is open about his politics, never one to shy away from letting us all know whom he supports for this upcoming election. Just last week, he and a few of his Avenger pals posted a PSA to launch his new organization Save the Day, urging Americans to make sure they’re registered to vote. On Friday, Whedon also hosted a Facebook Live chat to promote Save the Day, in which he answered some fan questions, including which of the Avengers he’d pick to run the country.
Joss Whedon quit Twitter back in 2015 after he decided that the social media platform’s pervasive negativity, anger, and outright hatred was too toxic to endure. (Where could he possibly get that idea from?) But this morning, like a phoenix or vampire slayer rising from the ashes, Whedon returned to Twitter with a new handle, and a new project: A get-out-the-vote campaign called Save the Day.
You probably know that Joss Whedon’s production company is named Mutant Enemy. But did you know where the name comes from? Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly is a huge fan of the prog rock group Yes, and he supposedly chose the title as a nod to the band and their song “And You and I.” That’s just one of the facts featured in the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!