Thursday, August 26, 2010

Joss Whedon Talks Avengers

Joss Whedon has described directing 'The Avengers' as the job “I've waited for my whole life". The writer/director spoke to the The Sydney Morning Herald about his creative process.
“Right now I’m working on a movie that’s got enormous stipulations and is going to be changing and fluid every second. I’ve come up with dozens of scenes and lines and exchanges and monologues that I adore that are not going to be in it,” he says of The Avengers. “But while I’m writing them they feed me, excite me and they ultimately inform the character. It all goes in.”
He also confesses that there are sections of his Avengers script that won't make the film due to strict guidelines from Marvel Studios.
“There's something about having restrictions that does make you want to be sly about how you come at something. I do think that fighting against something, if it's a real creative collaboration, the frisson between what the artist is trying to get out there and what the market place expects, creates very exciting entertainment.”
Whedon is hoping to make the ensemble film that good, it will bring fans back to the cinema for a repeat viewing.
“I have always felt, my whole life, that everything could be taken away at any second. It has actually been a huge problem for me that I know that,” he says. “I certainly will do everything in my power not to have that happen, everything in my power to make it good. That's my power, that's all I've got. All I can do is make it good enough for somebody to see it twice.”

“That's a unique special power. I wonder what kind of costume someone with that special power would wear. “There's a codpiece, so I don't wear it, because a codpiece is embarrassing. Also, I'm always stepping on the cape.”
Joss also revealed details to EarthsMightiest on his contribution to the 'Captain America: The First Avenger' script rewrite.
“I just got to make some character connections. The structure of the thing was really tight and I loved it, but there were a couple of opportunities to find his voice a little bit — and some of the other characters — and make the connections so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be. And progressing through the script to flesh it out a little bit.” … “It’s fun in this case, because, A, they’ll actually use the things I wrote, which is rare; and, B, it’s a fun puzzle to go in and say, ‘Okay, this is what works, this is what needs to be connected, and here are some key moments.’ Then the third thing is that it takes place in the ’40s, so I got to write ’40s dialogue, and that’s never not fun!”