Joss Whedon is just about the busiest man in show business at the moment. He’s showing his adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Toronto International Film Festival. He’s in the (very) early stages of work on the “Avengers” sequel. He’s developing a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” series set in the Marvel universe for ABC. And “Dr. Horrible 2” is ever on the horizon.
The writer-director-fanboy idol touched on all those topics, plus why NBC’s “Wonder Woman” pilot went down in flames last year, in an interview with Crave Online in Toronto. Some highlights:
On the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” show, which will follow the exploits of non-superheroes keeping the world safe: “It’s going to be a very standalone show. We’ll do what we always do, which is every episode will conclude and you’ll have taken away your story, but there will be a through line running throughout. It will not be in the foreground but as in all of these shows, it will probably take foreground at some point, many seasons down the road, God willing.”
On “Dr Horrible 2”: “Dr. Horrible 2″ is still on the slate. [His other commitments] mean we’re going to have to stay up a little bit later to get it written, but that is what we will do.”
On why David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman” fizzled: “I don’t think that was a match. I just don’t. I don’t think that he needs to write about superheroes. You need to need to write about superheroes to write about superheroes. If that’s not in your vernacular, you may bring something new and interesting to it, but at the end of the day, if you don’t have that burning desire to talk about these people who have these insane powers, then some other agenda is going to come forward and you might accidentally turn off the dark.”