Joss Whedon Discusses Those Pesky RDJ Rumors And His Love Of Strong Female Characters
Joss Whedon has been making the rounds the past few weeks to promote his take on Shakespeare‘s Much Ado About Nothing. The film stars some of the Whedon cavalcade of characters from shows like Buffy and Firefly, as well as the always loveable Clark Gregg. While Whedon has been getting a lot of questions related to the project at hand, most all of the interviewers have worked in a few Marvel questions. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Whedon talks about those pesky RDJ rumors as well as how he’s pissed off there aren’t any female superhero movies.
We all know the Robert Downey Jr. rumors. His contract with Marvel was finished with Iron Man 3. He’s allegedly negotiating to appear in Avengers 2 and 3 but not another standalone Iron Man film. That, coupled with the rumors about the rest of The Avengers cast wanting more money, has had a few people worried about the upcoming sequel. Whedon was asked about RDJ not officially being signed on for the sequel that starts filming early next year:
He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can. The day he was cast, I went up to [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige and said, “You brilliant son of a bitch.”
Feige and Whedon have really been pushing the Bond comparisons lately. Whedon mentioning RDJ is like Sean Connery really drives the point home that they’re using these buzz words to get people comfortable with the fact the role might be passed on to a new actor. It may happen tomorrow or it may happen 10 years from now, but in all the recent interviews they’ve been sure to bring up the James Bond comparisons. I’m sure he’ll be back for Avengers 2, but what happens after that remains to be seen.
Before Whedon was known as the Marvel godfather and the true king of the nerds, he was the guy that wrote really strong female characters. He attributed his fondness for heroines to the fact he was raised by a “hardcore feminist” and that he was a smaller kid who was bullied by his brothers. He said he identified with that “feeling of helplessness.” Here’s what he had to say when the question was pitched to him why he thought there was a lack of female superhero films:
Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, “My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,” and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.”
Whedon went on to say that after Avengers 2, he’d like to do something like a ballet or maybe getting around to fixing that female superhero problem. He says it doesn’t have to be him that does it, but it could be and he’d like to get it fixed soon. You can read the interview in its entirety by clicking here. So RDJ will more than likely be back. Whedon says he does want him to come back, but he could still go on if the unexpected happens. The there’s that whole female superhero bit. Maybe he’s overseeing a female driven Marvel movie as he does his Marvel godfathering duties? What do you think?
Source : The Daily Beast