Joss Whedon Says Thanks



In an open letter to everyone, Joss Whedon has thanked you.

Despite being the writer and director of a movie that made more money then the nominal GDP of The Grenadines this weekend, and stands to completely trounce Dark Shadows at the box office this weekend, Joss Whedon remains the same self effacing, sarcastic, classy guy he always has been. As he says:
"What doesn't change is anything that matters. What doesn't change is that I've had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of -- I'm not even gonna say fans. I'm going with "peeps" -- that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I've had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y'all."
Moments like this probably go a long way towards helping to forget moments like his Batman pitch, which we now know would have contained the following really kick ass scene:
"And he’s like this tiny 12-year-old who’s about to get the shit kicked out of him. And then it cuts to Wayne Manor, and Alfred is running like something terrible has happened, and he finds Bruce, and he’s back from the fight, and he’s completely fine. And Bruce is like, ‘I stopped them. I can stop them.’ That was the moment for me. When he goes ‘Oh, wait a minute; I can actually do something about this.’ The moment he gets that purpose, instead of just sort of being overwhelmed by the grief of his parents’ death."
Keep in mind that the same day, literally hours after having this pitch for what eventually became Batman Begins turned down, FOX cancelled Firefly. That's a bad day. But this is a very good day. And hopefully, there will be more good days to come. Whedon would be the first to admit that there is always work to do, and that the next project might go differently. In fact, he does, saying:
"There may be new ideas realized -- I always leave myself open to that -- but my commitment to Wastelanders and Dr H.2 does not waver."
What does Whedon consider to be the greatest accomplishment of The Avengers? Proving that a team based film can work on a large scale? Giving the creative forces behind a movie the freedom to make the movie that needs to be made, and not fussing with it based on 'market research'? Making people see that superhero movies don't have to be soul crushingly depressing to be good? Nope. In Whedon's words:
"Getting "mewling quim" out there to the masses. Also, Hulk."
Thank you, sir. Stay shiny.

Via Whedonesque and /Film.
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