The Joss Speaks: "SHIELD", Star Wars, and Wonder Woman
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The Joss Speaks: "SHIELD", Star Wars, and Wonder Woman

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | March 12, 2013 | Comments ()


There are about a half dozen little trade news bits floating around this morning with Joss Whedon's name on them, so apparently he got chatty at SXSW this weekend. Or everyone saw him and simultaneously swore at themselves because they'd been sitting on some quote from him and kept forgetting to strap it onto a headline and half-assed intro paragraph design only to stretch the length of the article past the point where it looks embarrassingly short. *Ahem.*

The funny thing about this industry is that three years ago if someone asked Joss Whedon what he would have done with the new Star Wars films, the answer would have been completely ignored. Now he's the Avengers mogul so the answer to that question gets headlines. Says the Joss: "You know, I wouldn't go back, I'd go forward. I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that they did."

Boom, print up the "Han Is Done Shooting" t-shirts.

(source: Blastr)

Related to the hilarity of before and after Avengers success, Joss also related the story of his Wonder Woman script. The short of it? DC didn't even call him back after he submitted the second draft of his script. Presumably that sparked the training montage that included getting his "Marvel 4 Life" tattoo and culminated in the call to do Avengers. In my head, most made up stories include montages.

Finally, in more actual news, Joss confirmed that the late great Agent Coulson would indeed be in the SHIELD television series. When asked how Coulson recovered from dying in the film, Whedon said "I'll tell you guys this. Heimlich."

Joss went on with this quote, which I think perfectly encapsulates the point of view that could make this a great television series, and not just an Avengers-lite:

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.

Now that sounds like a fantastic angle for the series to take.

(source: SlashFilm)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Uriah_Creep

    Joss's quote about the Little Guy also perfectly encapsulates what I think about when watching superhero movies: "Sure, they saved the country, but they fucking destroyed New York City. What are those poor people going to do for a living now?" I may be the ultimate nerd.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    does he really have that tattoo?

  • Mrs. Julien

    "Joss" in the article title -- Joss & Main ad in the sidebar. SYNERGY!

  • TheOriginalMRod


    Yeah... so... he's alive.

    {insert obvious smart ass statement here: ______.}

  • Whedon has also said that he pitched an idea for the Batman reboot (the one that would be Batman Begins). I'm certainly not complaining with the choice they made. But I would die of nerdgasm if Whedon did Batman. And if JJ Abrams can do both Star Trek and Star Wars, I think Whedon can do Marvel and DC.

  • hater from siloam spring

    What S.H.I.E.L.D. needs is some Irving Forbush and Willie Lumpkin.

  • Wembley

    So, Whedon's going to have an episode about Tort law where 'Act of God' is changed to 'Act of a god', covering the legal battle over whether you can sue Thor for damages like you can Tony Stark?

  • Cazadora

    Well, they might be able to sue...but there might be a leeeetle bit of problem with enforcement.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Law and the Multiverse will guest star.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'DC didn’t even call him back after he submitted the second
    draft of his script.'
    Must be because Whedon's so terrible at writing women. Isn't that right, DC? You blathering cockholes.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Yeah, honestly, DC must not be serious about competing with Marvel, like, at all. Because here's what you do when you want to make a successful Wonder Woman--

    Step 1: Hire Joss Whedon.

    Step 2: Give him your checkbook.

    Step 3: ???

    Step 4: PROFIT.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    Don't care how they explain it. I just want more Coulsen in my life.

  • I'm with you. DO NOT CARE how they handwave it.

  • Cazadora

    This times a million. The way Coulsen just always quietly got the job done made him everyman as super hero and that is so worth exploring on television.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    I would pay good money to see Joss Whedon's training montage.

  • Buck Forty

    What song would they use?

  • mdm

    Walk Through The Fire.

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