Joss Whedon is ideally placed to know about the differences between how Marvel and DC create their blockbusters.
Not only did Whedon work in conjunction with Warner Bros. when they were trying to get Wonder Woman originally off the ground. But while that film never saw the light of day, Whedon has recently found much greater success with Marvel Studios working on The Avengers, as well as Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
The huge success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which rocketed past a combined gross of $10 billion with the release of Captain America: Civil War, their 13th feature, earlier this summer, led to Warner Bros. devising their own DC Extended Universe. That began with Man Of Steel back in 2013, but Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad failed to impress earlier this summer, as they both were attacked critically but still went on to gross a combined total of over $1.6 billion.
So, in Joss Whedon’s eyes, where does this leave the Marvel and DC battle? Well, he can see positive points on both sides, but his comments suggest that he sympathizes more with Kevin Feige’s approach over at Marvel, even though he insists that DC have “been more cinematic.”
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“I did not see Suicide Squad. I saw Batman v Superman,” Whedon admitted to Complex at first, before he then opened up about how the two studios differ. “Everybody’s got their own method. I think Marvel has been more successful systematically. DC has been more cinematic – their stuff looks amazing – but I feel like Kevin [Feige] is a really good storyteller. He really cares about coherence, and I feel like style never defeats substance at Marvel, but a little style creeps in. Ant-Man had some, Doctor Strange might be funky, and they are doing very fun things on TV.”
At this point Joss Whedon moved on to reveal that he believes Marvel and Netflix’s deal is “working really well,” which was in direct contrast to his opinions on how DC are approaching having one version of Batman and Superman on their television shows like Gotham and Supergirl, and another version of Batman and Superman in the likes of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
“DC’s decision to have their shows on TV with different actors playing the same characters at the same time as their movies is a little interesting,” Whedon tried to politely remark, only for Complex to then push him for further details.
At this point Whedon confessed that the person with the biggest grievance regarding the change in actors is his daughter, who clearly believes that Grant Gustin is the one true version of The Flash/Barry Allen not Ezra Miller, who will make his proper debut as the character in Justice League after cameoing in Batman V Superman.
“My daughter is pissed,” Whedon declared before he imitated her response to the debacle with, “That’s not the Flash! The Flash is this guy!” and admitted that they sit down to “watch both the Flash and Supergirl every week.”
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Meanwhile, despite the fact that Joss Whedon’s attempts to bring a Wonder Woman film to the big-screen fell apart after he was originally brought onto the project back in 2007, the filmmaker insists he only has positive vibes directed towards Patty Jenkins’ origin story for the character, which will star Gal Gadot as Diana Prince.
“I want it to be good,” Joss Whedon admitted when he was quizzed on his reactions to a Wonder Woman film finally being made. “The trailer was just wonderful. I’ll probably be disappointed, me more than anybody else, because I’ll be like, ‘Wow, my version…’ or whatever, but I can still get myself up for it. The trailer had her shield and her fire hammer and yep, I’m good, this will be fine, everything is good. Such an image.”
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