Joss Whedon Talks S.H.I.E.L.D., Consulting For Marvel, And DC’s Movie Efforts

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whedon bannerJoss Whedon is a super buys man. There’s not a lot you can say about him or what he’s working on with Marvel that hasn’t already been said. The director spoke with Deadline ahead of SXSW where he will present his retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. He shot that film in 12 days, in secret, and while working on The Avengers. That’s no small feat. While the conversation was about Much Ado, there were plenty of chances for Whedon to talk about his highly anticipated work with Marvel. He also got a chance to share his thoughts about DC‘s movie plans.

shieldMost likely the next Whedon project we’ll be seeing is the S.H.I.E.L.D. show later this fall (if it gets picked up by ABC that is). Whedon touched on what it was like to work on a new television show again:

That was fun to do, but again, too much work. The idea of the Little Guy is something that I am very fierce about, and there has never been a better Little Guy than Clark Gregg. That intrigued me, this world around the superhero community. It’s the people whose shop windows get blown up when the Destroyer shows up. It’s the more intimate stories that belong on television that we can really tap into the visual style and ethos, and even some of the mythology, of the Marvel movies. I think we’ve put together another really great ensemble headed by Clark. And how much it’s actually seeding or hinting or reacting to what’s going on in the movies is something we’ll let play out as we go. For me the most important thing is that people fall in love with it on its own merits, rather than constantly asking, “Is there gonna be an Avenger?” Well, there’s not gonna be a Hulk because that guy’s too expensive.

He went on to say that he will be involved with the series mostly on a story level. He’ll pop in to take a look every now and then. The TV role will be much like his movie role. Speaking of which, the Marvel Godfather spoke a little more in-depth about what his consultant job entails:

I understand what Kevin is going for and where he’s heading, and I read the scripts and watch cuts and talk to the directors and writers and give my opinion. Occasionally there could be some writing. But I’m not trying to get in anybody’s soup, I’m just trying to be helpful. Every time you work on a project it’s a little vacation from the project you’re working on the other 23 hours. That’s the thing – it replenishes you to do something else. And they’re very aware that if I’m too tired or busy to help with anything, that’s fine. But if I can help and not get in the way of the actual filmmakers, that’s what I’m going to do.

Whedon reiterated that there are no plans for a solo Hulk film and that the green giant is a hard character to get right on film. He also put the Planet Hulk related rumors to rest once and for all when he said he has never even read World War Hulk and doesn’t even know how he’d adapt it.

superman batmanThe director weighed in on DC‘s movie plans as well. You may remember Whedon wrote a Wonder Woman script at one time that was rejected by Warner Bros. He talks a little bit about that as well:

I don’t keep that close an eye on it. But I loved Batman Begins so much and thought Christopher Nolan nailed Batman in a way that nobody ever had. It couldn’t be more different from The Avengers, and the Marvel and DC universes are different animals. If they actually crack the code which has not been done in terms of creating a shared sensibilities where all the movies are interesting and come together, I’m going to be thrilled. I have no fear that we’re going to be stepping on each others’ turf.

It’s not easy. It’s not a simple trick. The Marvel properties with the exception of Batman who has often been described as the Marvel character in the DC universe are much easier to translate to a modern audience. Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern are so far above us and their powers are amorphous and that makes it 10 times harder. Even when you’re doing a fight, it’s harder to write a fight for Thor than it is for Captain America because he’s that much stronger. I loved what I was doing on Wonder Woman. Clearly I was an excited party of one. I wrote the movie, I felt good about the characters, the structure needed work, I did another outline, they read it and were done. There wasn’t even a phone call.

There was still more ground to cover with Much Ado and some of Whedon’s other pet projects. You can check out the full Q&A with Deadline by clicking here. Whedon has been hard at work on Avengers 2 for the past few months as well as directing the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. He’s stayed pretty busy, but he’ll have even more stuff on his plate as Marvel’s Phase 2 kicks off in earnest with Iron Man 3. Whedon has his finger in all the Marvel pies, so it will be interesting to see what he sprinkles in. What do you think of his comments? What about his DC related views?

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Source : Deadline