As Joss Whedon continues to work on his script for his first post-Marvel project, the filmmaker has been chatting to Complex about the comic book movie genre, weighing in with his thoughts on Marvel and DC, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman movie – a project he spent several years attached to back in the mid 2000s.
“I did not see Suicide Squad,” said Whedon. “I saw Batman v 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.”
“I want it to be good”, Whedon continued, when asked how it feels to see a Wonder Woman movie finally being made. “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.”
Whedon was also asked whether he had any interest in getting back into the franchise game, responding that he would be keen on directing a Star Wars spinoff movie:
“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 One a while ago and I was like, ‘I want to do that.’ To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.”
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