Joss Whedon directing The Avengers
Joss Whedon confirmed that he is set to direct The Avengers, the ensemble superhero film that will gather together the likes of Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, along with some secondary superheroes, you know, just to fill up the cast.
I still think this film is a risky proposition, there's the first problem of ensuring that every superhero character in The Avengers already has their origins explained so you don't have to waste time in the film, then there's the very tricky aspect of bringing these characters together, for it's quite a stretch to make it work on film.
Captain America and Iron Man are the easiest to bring together, I think it gets a lot harder with Hulk and even more so with the mythical Thor, one thing Kenneth Branagh's film has to do is bring the character to a point that this is possible.
Joss Whedon is not in for an easy ride, although The Avengers is looking like a much more viable idea than it was a few years ago, it's still going to be difficult to have all these lead characters and their different personalities work on screen.
When Whedon announced at Comic-Con through The Hollywood Reporter that he was set to direct, he revealed that this is one of the aspects that could make the film and is something that excited him about the idea:
"I will say the thing I love about it, the thing that made me excited to do it, is how counterintuitive it is. These people shouldn't be in the same room -- and that is the very definition of family."
Well that is true, and it's an interesting take, looking more at the characters and their interactions than the action, perhaps dare I say it, something a little more intelligent than the average superhero film.
He didn't have much more to say on The Avengers other than that there doesn't appear to be a story yet.
"I am still writing an outline. I'm still in that stage."
Not even a treatment completed, could we see something similar to the Wonder Woman story? Whedon delivers his outline, then his script, then the studio decide to go all action and blockbuster and it's onto a new writer and director?