Joss Whedon Talks DR. HORRIBLE Sequel, the Sacrifice Necessary to Make FIREFLY Season 2, Doing a Full-Scale Musical, and More

     April 10, 2012


Though the Internet has given way to plenty of nasty and terrible things over the years, one of the most fruitful recent trends has been Q&A sessions with writers/directors/actors/etc. on Reddit.  Mr. Joss Whedon (who’s technically royalty here on the internets) participated in a Reddit AMA recently, touching on everything from a Dr. Horrible sequel to season two of Firefly, to Scarlett Johansson’s prevalence as a “sex object” in much of the marketing for The Avengers.

Hit the jump to check out some of the highlights from the conversation.

joss-whedon-much-ado-about-nothing-imageBig thanks to Heat Vision for compiling some of the key nuggets from the AMA session.  First and foremost, let’s get to the all-important Dr. Horrible sequel:

“We’re not shooting right now, we’re still in the early stages of writing. But we hope to make a great deal of progress this summer. And you can expect the death of someone you love… Yes, the original cast will be back for Dr H 2, but Penny will be… um… I don’t want to say ‘decomposing…”

Whedon also took a moment to address the fact that much of Scarlett Johansson’s appearance in the marketing material for The Avengers has been reduced to, “Look at this hot girl!”

“All I can say is that Scarlett gets to do a lot more than be hot in Avengers. It’s definitely dispiriting to have a woman play an heroic role and then be reduced to body parts by fan commentary, but that can only change slowly. And is.”

avengers-joss-whedon-scarlett-johansson-set-photo-01As someone who was also discouraged by much of the reaction to Johansson’s appearance in promos for The Avengers, it’s nice to hear Whedon take issue with that kind of objectification.  There’s recognizing that Johansson is gorgeous, and then there’s just being gross.

Addressing the prospect of starting a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a second season of fan-favorite Firefly, Whedon had some sad/funny words for diehard fans:

“Step 2: Cancel Castle. Step 3: Cancel Homeland. Step 4: Generally destroy everybody’s careers. Step 5: Avoid Step 2.”

drew-goddard-joss-whedon-the-cabin-in-the-woods-imageIf you didn’t catch the joke, resuming Firefly would mean pulling the show’s actors off of their very successful series.  No stranger to musical-themed episodes of his shows, Whedon answered whether he’d ever consider doing a full-scale musical:

“Full scale musical? The biggest non-spaceship-involving dream of my life. But it’s a huge life commitment…”

Finally, the writer/director also spoke about which characters have been his favorites to write for over the years:

“Favorite characters? Jeez. Spike, Andrew, Illyria, River, Captain Hammer, Loki, the Cheese Man… hell, I love them all, or I wouldn’t write them. But I tend to the left of center… The hardest was always Angel. How to make a decent, handsome, stalwart hero interesting — tough. Angelus, on the other hand…”

You can read the full Q&A over on Reddit.  Hopefully this is just the beginning of more writers/directors getting in touch with fans through the informative and fun AMA format, because it’s a blast to read Whedon’s responses.  You can catch The Cabin in the Woods (which Whedon co-wrote and produced) in theaters on April 13th, and The Avengers opens in 3D on May 4th.


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  • Wockerdaw

    Love this guy, no matter how the Avengers turns out.
    IMO Serenity was no where near as the great Firefly episodes (Still pretty good though), so It’ll be interesting to see how his next feature turns out.

  • Dogg

    I just saw a screening of The Cabin in the Woods. Freakin’ Brilliant! It’s not a horror movie, but a brilliant black comedy with an inspired central concept. Whendon’s influence goes to the core. I just hope his humor makes it into Avengers.

  • potterboy

    Firefly season 2 will never happen. Whedon knows it. everyone has moved on. but a Serenity second movie CAN happen. the sad part is that Firefly is meant to be this crew having different kinds of adventure from different planet every week. if you do that “movie per movie”, it just doesn’t work.

    • That Fuzz Kid

      HOW can you say everbody has moved on from the greatest sci fi series ever, dont be daft you call yourself potterboy… i rest my case

      • Lǎo tóuzi Shūdāiz

        去死 those who say we’ve moved on.
        cuz 狗娘養的 i miss this series

  • Pepe

    RIP Firefly. :'(

  • Rey T. Fox

    Just do a series set in the ‘Verse, but with a different ship and crew.

  • Skylark Thibedeau

    ‘Firefly:the Next Generation’

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  • Sturenorth

    I have Firefly going as a bed time story, I throw on a episode every now and then and fall asleep to.
    I personally think Firefly was before it´s time in some departments which was partially why id didn´t stick, I think if it would have been starting now today 2012 it would have gotten a better reception!

    I mean look at Grey Anatomy, SGU(canselled I know), random crappy CSI – Bones – Mentalist- all of which is very simple to watch with their little twists and whatnot I think Firefly would easily become the next “8seasons with several spin-offs“

  • Snowstormz

    I think they could recast quite easily and continue the story. I’d love to see many more seasons. Heck after weakening the Alliance’s Regime, I wouldn’t doubt the crew of Serenity might have to resort to a futuristic facelift so too speak. I mean with their technology they could explain the change of cast quite easily with the crew having to resort to cosmetic surgery for disguise. Either way, that was probably the most enjoyable sci fi series i’ve ever watched. Good stuff.

  • bill

    It wasn’t until a few years after it was cancelled, that I was introduced to Firefly. I loved it from the beginning and have always hoped we’d see the show resurrected. If there we’re to be another feature or series restart, they left the story off at a good point. Perhaps leading to a second war for independence? Seems Mal would have much an axe to grind.

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  • Sin

    I only managed to catch this show on dvd recently, “Serenity”, and honestly, I went nose-diving looking for the series. It is just AWESOME and full of meaningful reference to many things in life and society. Sad thing is, there is only season 1. I do pray Joss will consider reviving the “Firefly” series… with all the original casts. I don’t care how they look now but their chemistry is irreplacaeable. They are the colours of the series and Joss’s master strokes had done a fine job.

  • Emma10001

    They should definitley revive Firefly, personally I think they should keep the original cast as they had a chemistry which might not be found with a new cast alot of things where done wrong with the first series which resulted in it being cancelled, it actually looked a little like sabatage – for example baad time slot – competeing against another good tv show as well as airing episodes out of order, I hope they bring a seond film out as well as reviving tv show but i doubt it because when do networks actually listen to what people want, they say they do but they cancel the tv shows that require thought and intelligence for reallity tv crap with people being fake thats not reality thats people being fake and stuff for a pay check – never mind all the other crap on tv yet anything smart and intelligent and witty and good they cancel and make sure the odds of success are stacked against them

  • Hundred Visions Guy

    It is a truth universal: that all nerds and geeks love Firefly and would give anything to bring it back.