Joss Whedon may not be one of the ‘big wig’ names out there in Hollywood today, but he certainly should be. I have been a Whedon fan since the Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, and his work is always phenomenal. Since those days, Whedon has worked on numerous comic books and mangas; and finally turned his love for superheroes some major blockbuster hits. The Avengers, for example, has had one of the biggest box-office scores we have ever seen. Unfortunately, following Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon stated that he was done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe… for now.
In a recent interview with Complex, Whedon praised both Marvel and DC entertainment studios for all of their progress and hard work.
“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. [Kevin Feige] 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 also praised the upcoming DC Entertainment film, Wonder Woman, in his interview with Complex.
“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.”
At the conclusion of his interview, Whedon briefly talked about his personal experience with Marvel Studios and their creative processes. He said some companies will micro-manage their directors to death but that Marvel refrain from doing that to him.
“They let me make two movies that were very much mine. Ultron, I’m very proud of. There were things that did not meet my expectations of myself and then I was so beaten down by the process. Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable and a lot of that was about my own work.”
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