Joss teases Whedonverse comics future, hints at Avengers – now with extra transcriptyness!

Joss WhedonWhedon looked out to the audience for questions, covering his eyes to the glare, “Oh wow, you’re all here! The lights are very bright, and sometimes I think you are my imaginary friends.” The audience roared, and as people shouted from their seats, Joss continued, “And sometimes my imaginary friends interrupt me. Why would they do that? No… I love you. And I am your boss.”

In response to the first question, whether he would have a snarky writer commentary for the recently announced Blu-ray version of the original Buffy movie, Whedon said, “Snappy, snarky… it’s a fine line. No, actually I didn’t even know about it.”  He sing-songed, “They didn’t call me. They had a DVD party and I wasn’t invited.”

“Yes, feel sorry for the man who has everybody cheering for him. If I can get your approbation and your sympathy, what a day!”

The next questioner asked if Buffy and Angel had continued on television, would Whedon have written them the same way as the comics— which elicited a definitely snarky reply: “There’s no way you could have done on TV– certainly for the money that we were being given to make the show– what we did. And also, you couldn’t have had an entire episode of them having sex. Well, maybe. That could never happen, except in season 6.”

But Joss admitted that this freedom had a price: “Kind of the point of Season 8 for me was that hey, it’s a comic, and we can do these things and we could not have done on television, and I think that ultimately became a little bit of an albatross for us. The kind you’ve already killed. Not the cute kind, that’s like River. Because people were more interested in her life than they were in the fact that we could draw bigger things. So that’s why I’m excited about Season 9. Because, having discovered that I can do it differently than the television show, I’ve discovered that I don’t really want to.”

An audience member who got into comics due to Astonishing X-Men wondered if Whedon planned to do any other “big name comic titles,” to which Joss again hinted at his big-screen Avengers project, “I don’t think any of my work upcoming has anything to do with big comic titles. I’m thinking…”

“I have actually no plans at this time to wrestle with a big title. I would like to, but after making this movie maybe not so much. Just from sheer exhaustion?”

He did point out, however, one book close to his heart: “The X-Men of all the titles, of all the books I could have written for was really the Grail. They’re definitely things that I would love to do. Brian Hitch and I always go ‘we should do some Spider-Man!’ And, I’m like,  ‘ That’s great… what can we do that hasn’t been done? Let’s not do Spider-Man.'”

He joked, “Although, I am going to do a Spider-Man reboot movie in a year. It’s going to be Justin Bieber  and Elle Fanning. I think it’s going to be really bad.”

As to whether he wrote the Buffy TV series with a big finale in mind, or on season-to-season basis, Joss explained: “Every season was designed for us to be cancelled. Something I didn’t prepare for with Firefly… weird. But it is an uncertain life. And every season we wanted to go out with just enough so that we could say that if we never come back we have a sense of closure. That’s why we never did cliffhangers, because we were never sure. In fact, the first time I did a cliffhanger was season 3 of Angel.  I came back and was like, ‘oh, the first episode is so much easier to write now!’ The first episodes were almost always our weakest because we sort of closed everything out. It didn’t have to be big, like the last episode of season 4, with the dream, which was really just a coda and not a giant climax, but it always had to be enough.”

When asked what he saw in Lila and Wes that made him want to get them together, Whedon quipped, “Well, let’s see: they hate each other, they agree on nothing, they are diametrically opposed, and they’re both super sexy. I don’t know what made me think we should get them together. Yeah, they had quite the chemistry. When you get people who can’t stand each other in bed together, fun ensues.”

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