Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers'



Word has been breaking this afternoon and everything is pointing to Joss Whedon as the director of Marvel's  The Avengers.  The other director people had been looking to was Iron Man director Jon Favreau.  He confirmed via Twitter earlier this year that he would not be directing.


Having Joss direct The Avengers is interesting and fantastic.  It's fantastic because you could collectively hear nerds around the world (me included) shout with excitement when this hit today.  It was as if George Lucas had apologized for tampering with the original Star Wars films and vowed to go back and take out everything digital.  Yes, that level of excitement.  Why?  Among the comic book and sci-fi crowd Mr. Whedon is a God.  From creating shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, to the internet sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog.  While the TV show have long left the air (some way to early) the characters have lived on in comic books.  His latest show Dollhouse was a hit with fans but sadly only lasted two seasons.  That doesn't mean that his directing cred has gone away.  Oh no.  As a matter of fact he is directing an episode of Glee this season.

Why is Joss directing "interesting?"  It's interesting because Joss has not directed any of the Marvel films of which the characters are a part of.  First we have Iron Man and Iron Man 2; then we have The Incredible Hulk.  Coming up in 2011 are Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America.  "Who are The Avengers?"  The quick explanation is that it is a rotating team of superheros fighting enemies that only one of them can not defeat.  (I'm sorry, did my geek speak just lose you?)  Thus, we'll have Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and possibly The Hulk teaming up in the same movie.  (I say possibly the The Hulk because the last movie starred Edward Norton and he did not get along with the studio.)  It's kind of the Ocean's 11 of comic movies.

The Avengers is scheduled for release in May of 2012.  I'm already in line.

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2 comments:

  1. YES, YES, YES!!!

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  2. Don't forget, Joss was attached to direct Wonder Woman until recently. DC's loss is Marvel's gain, in my opinion.

    Still, would've liked to have seen Joss' vision of the amazon princess.

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