Comic-Con: Joss Whedon wants you to ‘cry and hug and riot’

July 20, 2013 | 9:44 a.m.
Joss Whedon

Writer-director Joss Whedon, who held court at Comic-Con. (Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

Joss Whedon is a busy guy, but his fans would love for him to do more. In fact, judging by the questions asked during the Dark Horse Joss Whedon panel, fans would prefer if Whedon did everything there is to do — from revisiting a Wonder Woman movie to Shakespeare to Broadway to more comics.

Scott Allie, head of Dark Horse Comics, was introduced Whedon to a rousing ovation. The vibe at the panel was celebratory, even reverent. “Thanks, Joss Whedon, for looking at me” was one of the greetings the filmmaker received when he opened the floor up to questions, which was right away.  There were no updates from Whedon or long speeches about the industry — he knows his crowd and knows that they most likely already know what he’s doing.

“I’m not here for your entertainment,” said Whedon playfully. “I’m here to make you learn and grow and cry and hug and riot.”

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From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to his post “Avengers 2” plans, questions both intensely focused (“Why didn’t Giles fly in to attend Xander and Anya’s wedding?”) and grand (“If you could have as much money as possible and could pick any property anywhere, what would you do?”), and all were asked with differing measures of awe.

Whedon took it all in stride with insightful, humble and often hilarious responses. A majority of the questions were about his thoughts or intentions on writing/directing one property or another. Here are a sampling a questions and responses, starting with his delayed sequel to his Web wonder “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog.”

“Well, it was supposed to happen this year, then I went and did “S.H.I.E.L.D.” We definitely want to do it. Everybody’s on board and everybody wants to do it, but everybody’s really busy for the next couple of years. And I don’t have a plan after May of 2015 cause I will have died… Desperate to do “Dr. Horrible,” but not as desperate as I am to do something that I haven’t done before.”

Which death scene was your favorite to write? (This question started with the proclamation “We all know that you like to kill people…”)
Fred’s (from “Angel”). It was my favorite to write, and my favorite to shoot.

On if he’d ever found a property that wasn’t his that he really wanted to make: “The last time I read anything and said ‘Oh my God, I have to try to make this’ was when I read “Global Frequency” ”

Joss Whedon at the Saturn Awards in Burbank in June 2013.

Joss Whedon at the Saturn Awards in Burbank in June 2013. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

If you could describe “Avengers 2” in one word, what would it be? “Movie.”

How did you make “Avengers,” and the group itself, work in the movies?: I think that the idea was that they didn’t work… My whole childhood, these heroes were there; they were in my vernacular. It always worked for me. I think that director as a lot of movies, that don’t necessarily work as well, have to talk themselves into it. ‘I guess I can find my way into this “Green Lantern” character and try to translate it.’ For me, that step is eliminated.”

On others questioning his ability to be a feminist since he’s not a woman: “I think there’s a perspective that I can never have, and I’m fully aware of that, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting half of the world’s population treated as equals to the other half.”

And on the question of unlimited funds/unlimited access, what do you make?: “I think I’d have to bring back the crew of Serenity.”

— Jevon Phillips


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3 Responses to Comic-Con: Joss Whedon wants you to ‘cry and hug and riot’

  1. Wanda says:

    Just want to know if the guys from the Big Bang Theory could have an adventure in the genre they propose to love, Sci Fi and Will Wheaton?

  2. Wanda Gass says:

    The Big Bang Theory show really alerted me to comic con and Joss so I just wondered if there are any plans for a movie or new appearance as a made for tv movie. It would be a nice blend since Howard has returned from a space mission and the other guys would be ripe for a new adventure.

  3. Wolf says:

    Joss Whedon, you ass…Making me cry those Browncoat tears while I'm at work…BRING BACK FIREFLY/SERENITY!

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