So, I catch the news.
Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers? by Darren Franich.
I agree with Can We Switch Them? by SamuraiFrog.
Why don't I trust Joss Whedon anymore?
It all began with the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The ludicrous fanboys who defend - even prefer - this season tend blame those of us who fucking hate it for not being up to the so-called "darkness". I'm, as it happens, a fan of Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom. I can handle dark. I just have limited patience for stupid... and as "dark" as that season of television may have been, it was 1000 times stupider!
(And confidential to those fans! Really? I'm not up to the "darkness" of Doublemeat Palace? Seriously!)
Now, at the time, those of who were paying attention - probably too much damn attention - lay the blame for that on Marti Noxon who took day to day charge of the show at that point. However, the instincts he's shown since then have demonstrated further frustration from me.
Then came Firefly, which I used to hate, as is documented somewhere on here, but did like better as it went along. Mind you, the first three or four episodes are still, even in my kinder view, terrible. And so Whedon's instincts in fighting Fox in their decision to hold back those early episodes in favor of episodes from the time when the show had become much less aggravating, show a creative untrustworthiness to me.
(Ok, conceded, Fox chose the worst episode out of those available, but that's hardly here nor there in terms of the reasoning presented by Whedon in public.)
That was followed by Serenity, the movie sequel to "Firefly". It was promised as a good introduction to this world for a mass audience. Again, if this stated intention was an honest appeal than his understanding of introducing continuing characters to a new audience are way, way off.
Mind you, after watching "Firefly", and eventually rather enjoying it, I found the movie relatively amusing. But it is wholly designed from top to bottom to be enjoyed by people who watched and enjoyed the preceding series.
This is the opposite of the instincts needed for a movie of The Avengers.
This will be the first time that a movie - at least a major movie - will attempt to graft together multiple movie series together into one grand sequel. A feat like that will require someone with excellent instincts for drawing in the viewer to each of the characters within that movie without alienating those who've watched them all. Whedon has shown the opposite instinct. He's a guy who's best at showing off for existing fans.
Yeah, I really did think Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was a hoot and it has eased my general irritation over Whedon's future. If I hadn't, I'm sure I wouldn't have bothered to try out Dollhouse, which was... err... entertaining... ish.
I watched it a couple of times and never could quite get into it. Again, not showing the right instincts for this.
Frankly, I was hopeful on his Wonder Woman, and still would be. I'd totally watch anything he does with Dr. Horrible, if only to watch Neil Patrick Harris.
But I hope this falls the same direction of his Wonder Woman. I'm not sure he's ready to sit at this big a table yet.
I don't take any joy in that feeling. I still like Whedon or the idea of him and wish him well. I just can't help being really skeptical on this.