Joss Whedon has been on a tear of blockbuster criticisms lately. After calling out (and then apologizing for calling out) Colin Trevorrow’s potentially sexist archetypes in Jurassic World, he turned his justifiably grumpy eye to Marvel. Whedon was brought into the Marvel Universe not just to direct Avengers movies, but as a consultant overseeing the studio’s “Phase Two.” So he has a vested interest in seeing everything Marvel play out in a way that makes sense to him. And from the sound of it, things have not been making sense. As Dustin has mentioned, Joss is done with Marvel after Age of Ultron, so he apparently has no hesitation to let us all know what he wishes has gone differently. First it was the loss of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, then it was Agent Coulson’s non-death.
Now, he’s moved onto Daredevil. Specifically, how he really did not think Daredevil would work as a TV show.
I fought for Daredevil to be a film instead of a TV show. Then under the auspices of Drew Goddard and Steve DeKnight… I’m dying to see the show but they released it just as I started the press tour!Okay, so he hasn’t actually seen the show. And he does admit that, in theory, a comics-based show is a good idea.
If the show’s working, the show’s working. Comic books are serialised entertainment and a lot of them lend themselves to TV shows as much or more than they do to movies.Still— and maybe I’m imposing a tone that’s not actually there, just because I really can’t get enough of bitchy, ranting Whedon— he doesn’t sound entirely convinced, does he?
I like [Daredevil] because he’s basically Marvel’s Batman, thanks to Frank Miller basically. So for me I didn’t think they’d be able to sustain that sort of mood on TV but TV has changed so much. It’s come up so much that I think it might just be the right place.Again, maybe I’m reading too much into this, but there seems to be a “Well, if you SAY so” undertone there. I don’t want these Whedon-on-Marvel quotes to ever stop. I feel like he must have a LOT of strong Spider-Man opinions that the world needs to hear.