Whedon writing and directing Avengers
Roars of excitement spread across the internet as it was announced that Joss Whedon could well be directing The Avengers superhero film, and that was followed by roars more that he would also be rewriting the Captain America script.
While all that sounds interesting, I do wonder what causes the great excitement of Whedon directing the film, after all, his directing career hasn't exactly been amazing.
Joss Whedon directed three episodes of Firefly, twenty-two of Buffy, seven of Angel, two of the American Office, three of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, three of Dollhouse and one of Glee, and all on television.
Feature film wise we've seen Serenity (Filmstalker review) and Commentary! The Musical. Now I don't know about you but I've only seen Serenity, and I really liked it, but is it worth all the excitement and screaming that people have for him directing The Avengers? It certainly wasn't a box office success.
Can he do it? I think he could. Serenity was a great film and brought together a number of characters, but then he wrote them all and had full license to do what he wanted with them. Here he's in the Marvel confines and will have to adhere to someone else's script, even if he can refine it.
For the other news of him rewriting the Captain America script, I'm much more excited, for he is a well proven and accomplished writer, even if his projects sometimes do falter – Firefly, Dollhouse, Wonder Woman, have all fallen through. Wonder Woman was perhaps the most annoying for it would have marked his first excursion into the superhero world, but it was not to be.
Don't get me wrong, I am keen to see him direct, and I do wonder why it took so long for another feature film to come to him, but he still only has one film under his belt and two pulled shows. Yes I know Buffy and Angel were long running, but they're long gone now, aren't they?
I think it's going to be a hell of a task for any director to bring together all those superhero characters, some of which haven't even had their origin stories yet, so he's got to tie that into the film as well as getting the characters together on their big adventure story. It's a big task for any director, especially one with one feature film to his name.
Do you think he's right for directing The Avengers? What about writing Captain America?