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Wonder Boy : The Imagination of Joss Whedon

Sunday 19 June 2005, by Webmaster

In March 2005 rumors swirling about for months that Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, would be asked to direct a planned Wonder Woman film were finally confirmed. (Whedon’s signing by producer Joel Silver [The Matrix] put an end to speculation that he would take over the troubled X-Men 3 project.) With the ending of Buffy in 2003 and the cancellation of its spinoff series Angel by the WB in 2004, Whedon had turned his attention to a feature film version of Firefly, his short-lived, cancelled Fox series (Serenity is now scheduled for a 2005 release) and openly announced that, in the decade of Reality TV, he had had it with the small screen. The man who had brought to television one of its great female heroes was now about to re-imagine for the movies another female icon. With speculation rampant about who would be cast in the role of Wonder Woman, Whedon, with characteristic humor, would insist the part had already been offered to Morgan Freeman.

In a 2002 profile of Joss Whedon in The New York Times, Emily Nussbaum reported that she witnessed "a dewy young woman" who "leaned forward and gripped [Whedon’s] hand between hers, pulling him in for enforced eye contact: ‘I just want you to know-we trust you. We know you know what you’re doing. We know it will be great’." Asked in an interview about such fan idolization of his series and himself, Whedon modestly deflects the question, insisting that such adulation is not really personal.

It’s about the show, and I feel the same way about it. I get the same way. It’s not like being a rock star. It doesn’t feel like they’re reacting to me. It’s really sweet when people react like that, and I love the praise, but to me, what they’re getting emotional about is the show. And that’s the best feeling in the world. There’s nothing creepy about it. I feel like there’s a religion in narrative, and I feel the same way they do. I feel like we’re both paying homage to something else; they’re not paying homage to me. (Onion AV Club Interview; my italics)

"They" may not be but I intend to. The time is ripe for the book I propose: a comprehensive critical biography of Joss Whedon:

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