Joss Whedon Interested in Directing a Star Wars Anthology Movie.


Joss Whedon – best known for directing the first two Avengers movies and producing the cult television hits Buffy The Vampire SlayerAngel, and Firefly – was a top pick by many fans to handle one of the Sequel Trilogy movies, but he expressed disinterest at the time due to wanting to take a break from large-scale projects after 2015. Now, he’s expressed some interest in taking charge of a Star Wars movie after all – but only if it’s a spin-off and not a part of a trilogy.


From Collider:

Collider: Would you get into another [movie] franchise?

Joss Whedon: I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine. So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, “I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?” But I saw the trailer for Rogue [One] awhile ago and I was like, “I want to do that.” To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.

It seemed unlikely that Joss Whedon would have jumped at the call to direct another big franchise movie so soon after Age Of Ultron took a significant toll on him from a creative standpoint, which is why it’s not surprising that he turned down a shot to direct a Sequel Trilogy movie. The relatively small-scale and self-contained nature of an Anthology movie would likely be more appealing to the kind of directorial approach Whedon is used to. It’s still interesting to see this kind of creative about-face take place in only two years’ time, though – and it certainly presents an interesting opportunity for Lucasfilm, should they make a specific story that would appeal to his strengths as a director.


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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

Grant Davis (Pomojema)

Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

95 thoughts on “Joss Whedon Interested in Directing a Star Wars Anthology Movie.

  • October 21, 2016 at 12:55 am

    While I didn’t really care for Age of Ultron, the first Avengers is one of my top 3 favourite movies. I’d definitely like to see what he’d do with Star Wars.

    • October 21, 2016 at 1:45 am

      I have to ask – and this is an honest question, not snark – what about how he handled the first Avengers did you like? I mean, I get the sandbox appeal of “HULK COULD TOTALLY BEAT UP IRON MAN! NUH-UH! NU-HUH!!!!!!”, but that would have been there regardless of who directed it. I found the movie about as exciting as watching someone else play one of those random-encounter Marvel beat-em-up fighting games. AoU was, I will agree with you there, not as good as that.

      • October 21, 2016 at 2:14 am

        I liked the idea of bringing all the heroes together, I was giddy whenever one of them showed up in the movie for the first time and got goosebumps during the scene when they united to fight the Battle of NY. It’s played now, but at the time that was the first I’d seen of it.

        Also, while the movie wasn’t the most inventive, it was enjoyable in the simplicity. The plot was clean rather than convoluted, just following a forming – storming – norming – performing path that served as the perfect team origin story in my opinion.

        All in all, it’s not necessarily the smartest movie, but I had a blast with it and managed to watch it probably ten times before it started to bore me.

        • October 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

          Agreed. The reason why the filmed worked wknders is because joss didnt let the plot get in the way of his ensemble. Something he forgot to do when crafting AOU.

  • October 21, 2016 at 12:59 am

    all right. I still want to see first a Nolan-directed star wars film. Wich will never happen, but hope is the last to die.

  • October 21, 2016 at 1:14 am

    we need speilberg first.

    • October 21, 2016 at 1:28 am

      Agreed, but ’80s Speilberg, not this pod-person who has been working under his name for the last two decades.

      • October 21, 2016 at 1:36 am

        Seems a tad harsh.

        • October 21, 2016 at 1:44 am

          Moi? Never. Perish the thought. Anyways, judging by his output, he simply doesn’t have the insanely deft touch for action adventure that he used to.

          • October 21, 2016 at 1:47 am

            to be fair he’s been doing more series stuff lately and the one action adventure he did do was heavily lucasized. lets see what ready player one looks like before we bury him for good.

      • October 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm


  • October 21, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Star Wars: Twee bickering…IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!!!!

    • October 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      You’ve really fallen off the wagon with your commentary as of late.

  • October 21, 2016 at 2:13 am

    I’ll report back when I’ve considered this proposition a mo longer
    hmm hmm hm indeed

  • October 21, 2016 at 2:20 am

    In the right ensemble piece he could do ok, maybe a Boba Fett movie with a group of bounty hunters. There have been rumors of a Fett film. Really though, he needs to stfu and get to work on the next Firefly iteration.

  • October 21, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Personally, I’d like to see a Matthew Vaughn Star Wars spinoff. However, after looking at his imdb scores none of his movies have been rated above an 8.0.

    I just really like what he did with X-Men: First Class and his movies have a nice teamwork tone that works well for me. I know I’m probably in the minority with this opinion. But I like him over Joss Whedon.

    People say they want a Christopher Nolan Star Wars, and while yes I’d like to see that too, I feel like Nolan works very well when given free reign to do what he wills with his movies. I’m not sure how he’d do if he is stuck having to adhere to the what the Lucasfilm Storygroup needs him to do. He’s very good with grounding and he’s a master at timing his edits. Almost every one of his films has some sort of elaborate time sequence. Just observations I’ve noticed with his films.

    Joss Whedon, while he’s pretty good, he’s like a more actiony JJ Abrams to me. Age of Ultron did not work well at all, and Avengers 1 was fine and did what it set out to do. I’m not expecting every Star Wars film to be god’s gift to mankind but I’d love to see quality directors at the helm of most of these spinoffs. Rogue One I think will be very good, and sure people will still have their gripes about it. I think it will have the superior story/plot to TFA but TFA will have the better character building and more memorable characters overall.

    • October 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      IMDB scores are a useless metric. Use your own eyes.

      • October 22, 2016 at 10:18 am

        I know it’s subjective, but that’s how a lot of people weigh in how good a film is. Based on what majority of people feel about a film. I still like Vaughn’s movies but there a quite a few that don’t.

        • October 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm

          A lot of people are wrong, usually.

  • October 21, 2016 at 3:32 am

    I heard some bridges burned while promoting Age of Ultron, which I’d be mad about with all the studio demands for stuff like the Thor sequence, etc.

    He seems really good with dialogue but I’ve never been too impressed by the structure and pacing of his shows / films.

    • October 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      See I personally dont really buy into the presumption that it was marvel’s fault for AOU’s problems. If you listen to the commentary for AOU, whedon talks about the fact that it was his idea to include the twins into the story even though he already had ultron and vision, Understandably, the studio initially felt resistant to the idea due to there being already two villains in the story. Why would you want to basically go through the trouble of introducing two charcaraters that will (a) remove alot of the dramatic and thematic weight as well as participation that the villain of the piece can have and (b) detract and create narrative stretching by creating a totally pointless action scene in Seol Korea because you cant develop and juggle your already huge cast of like 10 people and give them all a dramatically satisfying arc? (Still maintain that everything up until the avengers leave hawkeye’s house is great, what follows the last 40 minutes is a chore to sit through.)

  • October 21, 2016 at 4:23 am

    His movie are good (xmen) , but no, just not the guy for star wars. Star wars needs creativity stop director like JJ Abrams.

  • October 21, 2016 at 4:23 am

    I always wanted John Carpenter to direct a SW movie. One of my all time favourite directors. Pretty sure he could have done something really interesting with a spin-off movie.

    • October 21, 2016 at 7:01 am

      like a young palpatine movie, perhaps?

      • October 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm

        Much rather have a bounty hunter type movie with the main character a new one we haven’t seen before. It could be set in the time period between Episode III and Rogue One.

    • October 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

      I would love a john carpenter movie of any kind again. He is one my favorite directors too. He could make a really cool creepy bounty hunter movie

      • October 21, 2016 at 11:58 am

        Strangely, that was what I was thinking of. Having the main protagonist as some kind of anti-establishment character akin to Snake Plissken.

        • October 22, 2016 at 3:12 am

          Exactly. I could see a good boba fett movie like that. Big trouble in little cantina

  • October 21, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Star Wars vs marvel spinoff.

  • October 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

    No! Not at all! They already ruined EP. VII with JJ, I don’t want any future star wars movie to be ruined too. The Avengers movies (and the entirety of MCU in fact) are by the numbers, formulatic films and Joss is directly or indirectly responsible for it. Just look at the first Iron Man, it’s fun and an engaging movie. It has a light tone with comical moments, but still it manages to be sensible and respectful to its characters. Then look at the first Avengers, its stupid and it constantly pulls one out of the picture with its f***ing one liners. All the characters appear to be almost the same – dumb and ready to (guess what) drop one liners at every opportunity. And ever since the success of this movie Marvel has adopted it as the template of all future Marvel films. People HATE the Star Wars prequels but the same people LOVE MCU and its f***ing incomprehensible to me. They love dumb movies with dumb stories, dumb villains and dumb characters but they don’t love movies that are innovative, with a rich storyline. They love one liners that disrupts the flow of the entire movie but they complain about the dialogue in the prequels (which granted is wooden at times but still is not as distracting). They hate Anakin for being whiny but love Captain America while he whines throughout the MCU. They love Steve and Bucky bromance but hate Anakin Padme love story. I mean come on ! Star Wars prequels are better than all the MCU films. See I don’t hate Marvel characters. As I said I loved the first Iron Man and would have been delighted to see good movies set in this universe but ever since Joss came on board it has been downhill for me. And the same man wants to come and ruin Star Wars. No! Just no! Already episode vii not worked for me. Sure I enjoyed it in first viewing but slowly and painfully during repeat viewings I realised it’s flaws and this video finally cemented my opinion on it :

    I just hope that Disney hires more sensible directors like Rian Johnson and Gareth Edwards for future Star Wars movies and keep away from the likes of J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon.

    • October 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      I agree with some of what you said ( there are some good parts in the prequel) but i feel Whedon put superheroes on the map or should I say to higher standard then what they were before. Age of Ultron was not as good as the first Avengers. The trailers were good but the film dragged on. I think that now that Joss got sum time off He would be great for a star wars standalone film. Firfely was a great show…

      • October 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm

        Well thanks for your reply. See I haven’t seen firefly. The only Whedon projects I’ve seen are the Avengers films and the Agent of SHIELDS pilot and the experience wasn’t good for me in all the three cases. The kind of tone Whedon has in his projects is, in my opinion, not a fit for Star Wars. So, I wouldn’t like him to direct a Star Wars film.

        • October 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

          That’s why he said A Star Wars Story movie. Star Wars can be more than we have seen so far.

          • October 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm

            By Star Wars film I meant ANY Star Wars film. See I don’t see Whedon as a suitable candidate to direct Star Wars. You think he’s good then it’s fine by me. Its your opinion.
            I think Dave Filoni is a good choice for directing a Star Wars movie. He was trained be George himself and he has clearly demonstrated over the years that he has the ability to tell good star wars stories. In my opinion he has added more to the mythology of galaxy far far away with rebels season 2 than TFA. He is definitely a better option than Joss. What do you think?

          • October 21, 2016 at 5:54 pm

            I think Dave is good. I don’t have a problem with that. I also think Joss would be good. When he is on, he is better than most.

            20 something episodes of a TV compared to a movie is a lot of room for more mythology. That should be expected he added more.

            Dave sometimes has a tendency to not let go of certain characters (Maul, Ashoka) and bring them over and over again, but that’s a small quibble.

        • October 26, 2016 at 3:03 am

          Just imagine if you all you ever experienced of George Lucas was THX 1138, Howard the Duck, and Willow.

    • October 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Are you serious?

      • October 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm

        Of course. I spent hundreds of words explaining I am very serious.

    • October 21, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Strongly disagree. Whedon just realised the truth about suerhero movies:
      They are for children. Overpaid actors in latex suits with clumsy names fight against a bunch of “Grus” and their minions who want to either take over the world, or destroy it. Of course its formulatic, because the source material is also formulatic (basically the same story over and over again). Whedon’s style perfectly fit that ridiculous genre. It was never meant to be taken seriously. The only good films out of the whole genre (the Nolan trilogy) were exceptions because those were as far from beeing a “superhero movie” as possible.

      About the prequels. What do you mean by “innovative” and “rich” storytelling? Because all the professionals in the genre trying to distance themselves as far from those as possible. Non of the PT movies are better than any of the also crappy (but at least fun to watch) MCU flicks.

      JJ didnt ruin Star Wars. It was already ruined when Lucas released the “special” editons, and killed with the PT. Disney is now trying to resurrect it.

      • October 21, 2016 at 9:42 pm

        Davis, superhero genre indeed started out as something meant for children but as it’s readership grew and the audience became more mature so did the themes and storylines of the genre. See the ‘formula’ you described is true but it’s severely incomplete. These stories have more to them than just that. They are about people who have extraordinary abilities who learn to come to terms with them and accept their role in society. They are not just about defeating ‘the bad guy’, HOW our hero defeats him/her is the real meat of the story. Along the way our hero has to face conflicting choices and make sacrifices and this transforms him. He has to understand the villain and his motives (and no the villain not always want to destroy the world or take over it).And in fact this is true for any story. How Luke and the Jedi are different from any superhero ? They perfectly fit the description of superheroes. To say the superhero genre can be described by a single formula is an injustice. They are dynamic and can be molded to tell any kind of story. Its a perfectly good storytelling medium as any and can be and has been used as a platform for complex and compelling stories. Whether it’s the Dark Knight Trilogy or the MCU Netflix shows, superhero stories have proved they are more than just good guy vs bad guy. At their core they are about people and the choices they make, just as any other story. And i am sorry to say but the MCU FILMS don’t do justice to the possibilities this genre has. They are limited in their themes and aren’t challenging to both the characters in the film as well as the audience. At best they can be labeled as a dumb entertainment product made by a committee. And BTW they can only be enjoyed by someone who turns off their brain before going into the theatre.
        *You also said that the Dark Knight Trilogy is an exception but I hope I have justified that they are not. In fact they are exactly what this genre is supposed to be and more.

        Now about the prequels being crappy and comparable to MCU films. Their are many reasons as to why you and all the filmmakers you speak of are incorrect. When I see the prequels I see passion. I see a filmaker trying to give life to his vision and to tell a story he WANTS to tell. He is not just a corporate tool to assemble a film. The prequels have a voice of their own. I accept they stumble along the way and are not examples of master filmmaking but still they have immense redeeming qualities. The stunning visuals, grand and epic story, beautiful music and many other things make them a thrilling experience for me. Most films of today lack vision and the will to tell a story including MCU films. They are just a cash grab and an elaborate advertisement to sell merchandise. The directors of big blockbusters today are nothing but overseers and managers. Why do you think the Lord of the Rings was so successful critically? Because Peter Jackson WANTED to See LOTR on big screen. He was itching to tell the story. Whereas look at JJ. He didn’t want to direct TFA but still was roped into it by a forceful Kathy Kennedy (and also probably by the prospect of money and fame).And the result you get is not a ‘resurrection’ of a ‘dead’ franchise but a lazy retelling of its chapters considered best by the ‘true’ fans of the franchise . Most critics and audience didn’t complain about TFA because how could they? Disney trapped them in a corner. How could they complain about something they admitted they love a million times before. It was a brilliant trick used by Disney. People complain that George Lucas raped their childhood with the prequels and the special editions but Disney f***ed them right in the @$$ and they couldn’t protest as they were gagged beforehand by Disney’s s’cum’ and villainy. So this proves your point that the filmakers are distancing themselves from the prequels, as they are distancing themselves from personel filmaking.

        Finally, i don’t want this to turn into a fight. Our opinions on the prequels have long been forged and nothing you say or I say will convince any of us otherwise. I have put forward my views and you have put forward yours. I don’t bear you any ill-will and I hope you too reciprocate the feeling.

        • October 23, 2016 at 11:07 pm

          I usually try evading to engage into “deep” conversation on forums like this, but you seem like someone who’s worth the time. I respect your opinion, but still disagree.

          In the early decades of the 20th century (the dawn of modern science) a couple of smart businessmen realised that they can turn the “hero ideal” into something commercial (mostly for children). Back then at the dawn of modern scientific discoveries (airplanes, nuclear weapons, polio vaccine etc) people had a certain “overly optimistic” idea about scientific discoveries and the future (see how early sci-fi movies illustraed the future as something insanely developed, like Kubrick’s 2001). Thats why (and obviously the cold war also helped) the superhero genre became so popular.

          Buts its the 2010s now. We know that mutations dont give you the ability to fly or to shoot lazers from your eyes. We all know that its nothing more than “pseudo-science”. Or even worse, irrationality.

          Luke’s story was not a superhero story as far as I consider. Imo it falls under the description of the “universal story”. See, I will now try to summarize every story ever told since the ancient greeks in one sentece: The hero(es) find themel(ves) in a different situation than the usual, go(es) through some experience, and come(s) back enlightened. This is the formula almost every stories use. And its the same with Lucas’s story. He just found a creative and original way to tell this formula. Unlike the superhero genre.

          You say the themes and storylines of the genre matured as its readers. Imo its still the same, only added gore and violence to appeal to teenagers aswell, but its still the same childish crap. Imo telling a mature story is impossible thourgh the superhero genre, as its irrational by definition. People dont dress into colorful latex suits to fight a bunch of patty patrollers, while discovering something “deep” about themselves or the society.

          To a child adults are ultimately powerful, to them the idea of a superhero is incredibly appealing. To them teaching things via superhero-vision (or fantasy) is ideal. Its infantilising the storytelling to make them easier to understand. An adult dosent need the ideal of a superhero to understand something. An adult can handle the horrors of a holocaust movie for instance. He/she dosent need to be “infantilised”. Obviously im not proposing against metaphorical storytelling, but to truly appeal to grown adults, one needs different material imo.

          You say its “HOW our hero defeats him/her is the real meat of the story.” Usually with the same formulatic childish story which try to deceive you with false sentimentalism (to seem like its “deep”). But in the end, its still the same ridiculus crap.

          “They can be labeled as a dumb entertainment product made by a committee.”
          As far as I consider, the whole genre falls under that description. To tell a more serious story, you have to use as minimal superhero elemens as possible imo. See TDK trillogy, which were much rather regular thrillers/cop movies with fantasy elements than superhero films. And while the MCU movies are indeed lack any real cinematic value, they at least try to vary their flicks (GOTG: sci-fi-comedy, Captain America 2: spy thriller, Avengers: action adventure, dr. Stange: weird fantasy etc). So at least they are trying.

          About the prequels again. The thing is that I see the exact opposite as you. When I watch the behind the scene footage (lets call it “evidence”) of TPM I see an uninspred, couldhearted businessman who sits in his chair while telling directions in a completely uninteressted way. He raves about how American Graffiti 2 made no money, and how he can never beat Titanic at the BO. He was full of Star Wars (in fact imo he was already full of it after ESB). He didnt want to tell the prequel story of SW. He lost his passion long ago. He just wanted to milk the cow and make an interessting experiment with the back then new- digital technology. But thats all. If you compare that guy with 70s Lucas, its not even remotely close to be the same artist. Yes, directing ANH was not easy. But nothing great has ever come easily in this world. And sadly Lucas never engaged into real movie directing after ANH (although he had much potential).

          On the other side, when I watch the BTS reel footage of TFA or any interview about the topic, I see JJ and the whole cast and crew as incredibly full of passion and excitement. They are all fans of the story and respect it like its the Holy Grail. JJ had passion. He worked his ass off. He told the story he wanted to. He retold ep IV, his favourite movie, and while I agree that its unoriginal, it was necessary to revieve the franchise. Sometimes to go forward, you have to take a few steps backwards.
          Although I agree that WITHOUT the PT, the reception (and my opinion) of ep VII would’ve been far worse.

  • October 21, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I can give you one good reason why this fool should be allowed NOWHERE NEAR a Star Wars Movie, not even the kind they make with Legos!

    Alien: Resurrection

    • October 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      The flaws in that film have a lot more to do with lousy directing and studio interference than Whedon’s script. Plus that was nearly 20 years ago and pretty much his entire career has happened since then. I don’t think your one reason is good enough.

      • October 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm

        He killed the franchise, period. It was so bad that even Alien3 is considered a better. No film that has Whedon credits on it will get money from my wallet.

        • October 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm

          If you knew anything about the movie, you would know he wrote it tongue in cheek, with a slightly comic tone.

          The director did it in a serious gothic tone, which did not match the spirit it was written.

          And Alien 3 sucks far worse.

          Also, no one has a perfect resume. Whedon wrote Toy Story. That more than makes up for Alien.

          • October 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm

            Isn’t that the problem with Whedon though, everything he does is tongue in cheek and overly self aware and even slightly smug.

          • October 21, 2016 at 8:13 pm

            If you consider that a problem, then yes. If you don’t, then no.

          • October 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm

            I, and I’ve no doubt many others, would indeed consider that a problem with regard to a Star Wars movie – just not appropriate.

          • October 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm

            Judging from the many opinions of Star Wars fans I’ve read online since 2000…I am not worried.

          • October 22, 2016 at 11:18 pm

            Yes, having read some of yours, you do have a point.

          • October 23, 2016 at 12:59 am

            Proving my point with every comment.

          • October 23, 2016 at 1:52 am

            So clever!

            right back at ya.

          • October 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm

            “Proving my point with every comment.” – yes you certainly are.

          • October 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

            haha “I know you are but what am I!”

          • October 30, 2016 at 2:58 am

            A muppet.

          • October 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

            Wrote it with a tongue and cheek tone. A fucking Alien movie, a movie series about a giant penis-headed rape monster that mutilates it’s victims in all sorts of organic and gruesome ways and is a threat to humanity was supposed to be tongue and cheek? Thank you for proving what a hack Joss Whedon is. Case dismissed!

        • October 22, 2016 at 7:21 pm

          The good thing is….Alien isn’t Star Wars. Two very different things. The combination of what Whedon does well and what Alien is/should be was certainly terrible.

          But that’s because Alien isn’t Star Wars.

    • October 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      He didn’t write the ending. And he was very upset with the changes.

      Plus Resuurection was the inspiration for Firefly. Something good did come from it.

      Also he did not direct it.

      • October 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

        Firefly? Seriously? It had all of what, 2 episodes before it got cancelled? Even the god-awful space trash Farscape was more succesful. Whedon did even worse than direct it, he wrote it!

        Let this guy go on making silly comic adaptations, but keep him far, far away from the Star Wars franchise.

        • October 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

          Oh, so success is equal to quality? So that means Avatar is the best movie ever and Walking Dead is the best show.

          See how silly that line of thinking is?

          Firefly was a terrific show. There’s a reason its 13 episodes are beloved 14 years later.

          • October 21, 2016 at 7:21 pm

            The Iron Giant respectfully agrees with you.

          • October 21, 2016 at 8:12 pm

            I think you totally misunderstood what I was saying. I’m saying the opposite. Read it again.

          • October 22, 2016 at 4:34 am

            Oops! Srry bout that.

          • October 22, 2016 at 5:58 am

            No worries, friend!

        • October 23, 2016 at 7:23 am

          Your opinion on both these shows is in the minority. Both were critically acclaimed and ended before their time.

          Whedon is the sort of pop culture personality who can take a property like Sta Wars and honor its roots appropriately while giving a fresh spin with the story he presents.

          State your opinion all you like, he’s made well over a billion in in revenue with ticket sales alone for Disney when he was helping with the Marvel universe. His success in film can be measured in actual profit from his productions.

    • October 21, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      That’s a bad example. I can give you one great reason:


      Another: Firefly

      Another: The Avengers

      • October 21, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        1. I would be ashamed to admit I had ever watched an episode of Buffy and thank god I dont have to.

        2. As I said, cancelled after only a handful of episodes. Basically the Chuckwagon Gang in Space, and the movie was a zombies-in-space flick.

        3. Iron Man, good. Thor, ok. Even Hulk, ok. All together, unwatchable. Even sci-fi us supposed to make you be able to suspend reality for a few moments. The Avengers was just comic book silliness and boring as hell.

        • October 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm

          For you.

        • October 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm

          “1. I would be ashamed to admit I had ever watched an episode of Buffy and thank god I dont have to.”

          A comment like this about one of the greatest television shows of all time disqualifies you from having a worthwhile opinion. All future comments from you are hereby ignored based on this terrible opinion which reveals the lack of taste you have, not to mention you are judging something that is terrific before even seeing it.

          Here is an excerpt from Buffy’s Wikipedia page:

          The show was ranked 41st on TV Guide’s list of 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, second on Empire’s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time”, 27th on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows”,[10] voted third in 2004 and 2007 on TV Guide’s “Top Cult Shows Ever”[11] and listed in Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time”.[12] In 2013, TV Guide also included it in its list of “The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time”[13] and ranked it #38 on its list of the “60 Best Series of All Time”.[14] Buffy was also named the third Best School Show of All Time by AOL TV.[15] In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked it #38 on its list of 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.[16] It was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe awards, winning a total of three Emmys. However, snubs in lead Emmy categories resulted in outrage among TV critics and the decision by the academy to hold a tribute event in honor of the series after it had gone off the air in 2003.[17]

          Seeing that and not even being curious about such a critically acclaimed show?

          I feel bad for you.

          • October 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm

            Sorry man but Buffy was pure dreck and extremely irritating to boot.

          • October 21, 2016 at 8:13 pm

            Don’t be sorry. I am sorry for you for missing out on one of the all time greats.

          • October 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

            I didn’t miss out on it – I’ve watched it plenty of times, that’s why I don’t rate it as anything close to be one of the all time greats – which is such hyperbolic nonsense.

          • October 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm

            Or, just a different opinion.

          • October 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

            Don’t feel bad for me, as my manhood is still intact and I have relations with the opposite sex. I’m a bit more selective about what I do watch and call “good”, refraining from taking old issues of Starlog to the head and dribbling over every page. The premise of a 120lb girl taking on hordes of dead people every week, over and over, just doesn’t thrill me.

            As for you calling me tasteless, why don’t you try pasting all those facts you just presented on a real-world forum and see how quickly you get laughed at, nerd.

        • October 21, 2016 at 7:18 pm

          Have you watched Serenity? Basing an opinion solely on the fact that it was cancelled is a huge mistake. I am not angry, I am sad for you if you haven’t watched it. Some of the best TV ever.

          • October 21, 2016 at 9:20 pm

            I’ve seen some Firefly episodes, around three in the morning on the “shows that got cancelled quickly and rightfully so” channel.

  • October 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Not to nitpick, but Collider didn’t ask the questions, Complex did.

  • October 21, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I guess I’m the lone enthusiastic Whedon-fan on here. Maybe it’s because I’m not as attached to the MCU as others – I never read the comics, and am not anywhere near as invested in the MCU as I am in other corners of fandom. But, although I wasn’t hugely excited about either Avengers movie, I still love Whedon. I loved Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and I think that Whedon is still a great director.

    In fact, my only reservation about seeing Whedon direct a Star Wars movie is that I really want to see him tackle original projects. His whole career proves that he’s at his best when working in his own world. (“Much Ado About Nothing” is the exception: Shakespeare has always lent itself to wildly creative interpretation, and Whedon proved himself capable of tackling even the immense burdens of interpreting The Bard.)

    To those who hate Whedon, I don’t harbor any animosity. Your aesthetic sensibilities just seem alien to me. Like people who can’t appreciate Tolkien, or Star Wars, or Beckett, I feel like your tastes must simply be so far from my own that we should just leave one another be and talk about the weather instead…

  • October 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    You people have no taste. Whedon would be a great asset to the Star Wars universe

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  • October 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Read as: Joss Whedon to direct Star Wars: Doctor Aphra movie

    • October 22, 2016 at 12:41 am

      lets see how her solo comic does before giving her a feature. besides, lots of other characters and ideas are in the que before her.

      • October 22, 2016 at 12:47 am

        oh i dont give 2 shits about the character but it sounds exactly like the type that Joss would want to do

        • October 22, 2016 at 1:03 am

          he could probably do his normal shtick in a bounty hunter film too.

  • October 21, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    No thanks, better suited to TV than directing movies, same as JJ.His ‘humor’ grates too much for my liking.

    • October 21, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Agreed, not suited to Star Wars at all.

      • October 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm

        Nothing against the bloke, his TV stuff is fine, loved Firefly but cinematic he is not.

  • October 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Off the top of my head there are 2 directors that I wouldn’t want anywhere near Star Wars; Joss Whedon or Christopher Nolan.

  • October 22, 2016 at 12:19 am

    wow, i see we found the next thing to split the fanbase in two: joss freaking whedon of all people.

  • October 22, 2016 at 3:44 am

    The dude doesn’t like Empire Strikes Back because of the tragic unresolved ending. DISQUALIFIED

  • October 24, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    We’re with ya Joss, we loved the Rogue One trailer too !!!

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