by Brett White
Time Magazine got some face time with Joss Whedon to promote his new film, “Much Ado About Nothing,” and the conversation inevitably ended up where convos with Whedon always end up: superheroes. That’s fine, though, because it allowed for Whedon to go into detail about the genre and how he interprets it. After giving praise for Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man,” Whedon turned his attention to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.”
“It felt to me, when I saw ’The Dark Knight,’ it was like we’d gone past [the superhero film],
says Whedon. “It was like, ’We understand superhero movies now, I’m going to make ’Godfather’ with superheroes. [It was] the post-superhero era. And I was like, ’Whoah, wait a minute! I still want to see the hero part. I feel like the great superhero movies have yet to be made, so let’s not deconstruct them completely just yet.”
“Marvel’s the Avengers” came across at times as a counterpoint to “The Dark Knight,” proving that a film can be as great while still embracing comic book style heroics. This quote seems to indicate that this very notion was on Whedon’s mind while he crafted his first superhero film. Whedon also talks about growing up in a family full of television writers, his reputation as a character killer (one he’s tired of, BTW), what makes vampires an everlasting pop culture phenomenon and much more in this info-packed interview. Check it out below.
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