Back in July, Joss Whedon stepped back into the limelight he tried to leave behind after disappointing reactions to his Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. At Comic-Con, Whedon talked a bit about his new film project, an historical fiction / horror script set during the World War II era. We still don’t know too many details about the movie, but in a chat about his recent political projects, Whedon did shed a little more light on its progress.
Whedon talked with Complex about a wide variety of things, starting with his support for Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton, his current feature film that he’s writing, and the possibility of him returning to television during the time of Peak TV. Whedon also weighs in on the “Marvel vs DC Comics” debate when it comes to recent movies, his reaction to seeing the first Wonder Woman footage, and where he falls on the Buffy/Angel/Spike relationship. Oh, and how he would be interested in directing a standalone Star Wars movie. The interview is a must-read for Whedon fans, but we’ve put together the highlights for you below.
Here’s a bit on Whedon’s current screenwriting status:
I’m in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about, and I am going to be extremely passionate about it again on November 9. It’s definitely a departure from the things that I’m known for. It’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written … It’s a historical fiction slash horror movie about a time when the world was going insane, World War II. I got to tell you: I was in Germany and Poland doing research for this movie and I was seeing so many parallels [to the U.S.]. And I know it’s a shopworn thing to compare the orange guy to the little guy with the mustache, but you see things, indelible things in terms of propaganda, the state of the country, and the parallels are eerie as fuck.
And for those of you who like to engage in Marvel vs DC discussions, here’s some more fuel for the fire:
I did not see Suicide Squad. I saw Batman vs. Superman. Everybody’s got their own method. I think Marvel has been more successful systematically. DC has been more cinematic—their stuff looks amazing—but I feel like Kevin [Feige, President of Marvel Studios] is a really good storyteller. He really cares about coherence, and I feel like style never defeats substance at Marvel, but a little style creeps in. Ant-Man had some, Doctor Strange might be funky, and they are doing very fun things on TV. The Marvel-Netflix thing is working really well. DC’s decision to have their shows on TV with different actors playing the same characters at the same time as their movies, is a little interesting.
Whedon on Wonder Woman:
How does it feel to see a Wonder Woman movie finally being made?
I want it to be good. The trailer was just wonderful. I’ll probably be disappointed, me more than anybody else, because I’ll be like, “Wow, my version…” or whatever, but I can still get myself up for it. The trailer had her shield and her fire hammer and yep, I’m good, this will be fine, everything is good. Such an image.
Could Whedon ever tackle another film franchise? Like, say, Star Wars? It’s not exactly out of the question:
So what’s in your future, after Nov. 9 and the World War II script? Would you get into another franchise?
I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine. So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, “I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?” But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, “I want to do that.” To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.