You’ll have to excuse me, I’m fanboying so hard.
I have a tendency to be able to go on and on about The Hero of Wesleyan, the man they call Joss Whedon ’87. Besides being the school’s 2013 commencement speaker, the Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel/Firefly/Dollhouse/Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long-Blog/Cabin in the Woods/The Avengers writer and director also put together his own, modern-day movie adaptation of the play Much Ado About Nothing, by that one famous old British writer.
The film, shot in October 2011 at Whedon’s own house over the course of less than two weeks, is set for a June 7 theater release, but we finally get a taste of what it will look like. It’s shot in mostly black and white, with the trailer set to an upbeat, jazzy tune, and we can see some of the promised all-star cast, many of whom Whedon has put in his other films and shows.
Representatives of the Whedon Army here include Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Cabin), Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, The Avengers), Reed Diamond (Dollhouse), Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Buffy, Dr. Horrible’s), Clark Gregg (Avengers), and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, Cabin), among many others. I’m guessing it’ll be better than the original.
In a recently published article in The New York Times, alum Joss Whedon ’87 weighs in on “the decadent state of contemporary Hollywood entertainment” while also promoting his “giant, tentpole, franchise, action, summer movie,” joking that the contradiction “doesn’t make me a hypocrite, it just gives me layers.”
The Avengers, described by the NYT article’s author as “comicdom’s equivalent of the Dream Team or the Wu-Tang Clan”, sounded like a “fun” writing project to Whedon, because they were “broken and tortured and strange”.
The article features Whedon and his colleagues reflecting on some of his past work; click through to have a read. For now, I’ll leave you with some wise Whedon words that you thesis-writers (congratz, seriously) might have found solace in, especially over the last few weeks: “You have to believe in your work to the point where you can get your heart broken,” he said, “or you wouldn’t have the energy to do these things.”
The Avengers [trailers here], the multimillion (where multi = > 220) and multi-superhero movie from Marvel Studios, is written and directed by Whedon and will be out in cinemas May 4 (the same day that our own fucking film series is screening The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Watch out, nerdz, we’re gonna have SO MANY FEELINGS).