Every year at San Diego Comic Con, there are certain people that you’re almost certain to see. For instance, Chris Hardwick is definitely hosting a number of things throughout the weekend. Legendary comic book artist and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada will break out some big surprises at his Cup O’ Joe panel. Then cult filmmaker/podcaster Kevin Smith will address the masses in Hall H during his annual SDCC Q&A. And of course ‘Firefly’ and ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ creator Joss Whedon will take the stage for a little chat with his fans. But despite his “slow year” following his departure from Marvel Studios, he came to Comic-Con International with news of a new project.
During Whedon’s appearance in Hall H on Friday night, the writer and director of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ revealed something new that he’s working on. He announced that he’ll be co-writing a miniseries set in the world of ‘Buffy’ for Dark Horse Comics starring the currently de-aged Rupert Giles. Though no collaborator nor artist were named, it was revealed that we’ll follow the now 12-year-old watcher going back to school “to see it from the other side for a while”. This news comes shortly after Dark Horse announced two new comics based on the works of Whedon earlier this week. But now we know Whedon himself is getting his hands dirty and revisiting one of his classic characters for a third title.
The fan favorite filmmaker also discussed the state of movies and how no one really watches anything without knowing something about it first, which leaves a lot of original films without big advertising budgets unwatched:
“The problem is there isn’t a willingness by a lot of people to go into something that they don’t already know. The dialogue between audiences and studios is defaulting and they keep finding a lower common denominator. That doesn’t mean that the films are bad, it’s the way they’re approached. If we get something where people are surprised, I’d love to create for that, but I don’t know if anyone would show up to that party.”
Finally, Whedon shared some updates on some other projects that he has in the works. Regarding the long-awaited sequel to ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’, he said that he and his collaborators (Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon) all want to do it, but “they are busy running a show that I am executive figurehead of” (AKA ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’). In the meantime, he has a “very disturbing” feature in the works inspired by Eli Roth’s ‘Aftershock’ that will see the studios will “get together for a bidding war or an intervention”. Though no details were available about the movie, he hopes to finish the script within a couple of months and return to Comic-Con next year with “new version of the story I keep trying to tell”. You can watch his appearance below:
(Video courtesy of We Live Entertainment)
Do you wish that you were present for Joss Whedon’s San Diego Comic-Con panel? Are you excited to check out his comic book miniseries starring Giles? And what do you make of his upcoming film? Sound off in the comments below.