As previously discussed in an earlier Newsreel on Dazzler’s possible introduction to the X-Men film series in Apocalypse, it’s hard to put too much value on anything a filmmaker says about an upcoming movie, because the comic-book universe is so flexible, surreal, and subject to the mandates of commerce that just about anything could happen. In that spirit, Buzzfeed is reporting Joss Whedon, the most powerful man in the universe whose name isn’t J.J. Abrams or Tyler Perry, as saying that after Avengers: Age Of Ultron (wait, they’re making a sequel to The Avengers? Why hasn’t that been covered in the media?) he “wants to create [his] own universe.”
Those words should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as Whedon spends the Buzzfeed interview talking a lot about what might happen and where his muse may be headed, and very little talking about what’s definitely going to happen. When asked about the topic of taking on Captain Marvel after The Avengers, Whedon answered, “I would never rule anything out, because I like working here. By the same token, the biggest thing for me is that I need to do something that I create myself. It’s been way too long since I created a universe. The last thing I did before The Avengers was [directing an episode of] Glee, and in between I did Much Ado About Nothing. So I haven’t created my own universe for over five years. That feels wrong.”
Only one deity can “create” a universe, incidentally: God. Whedon the idolator should maybe think long and hard about that before making blasphemous statements. And it’s worth noting that “would never rule anything out” is, if anything, even wimpier and less authoritative than “could happen,” but that doesn’t keep Whedon from making nerds salivate with talk of another movie that could have happened if he didn’t direct Avengers 2, and possibly can still happen. Here’s more from the interview:
“I will say that when I was thinking about, ‘Well, if I wasn’t going to do Avengers 2, what would I want to do?’—of course the first thing I thought of was ‘turn-of-the-century female Batman.’ Not Batman actually. But, you know, something cool. One person. Can’t stress that enough. Movie about one person—not a team, not 10, just one. But do a nice sort of hard action movie that combined all my favorite things. Something that would be the love child of Sam Fuller and Edward Gorey. You know, I’ve had many thoughts since then. Oh, I could do this! Oh, I could do that! But it is my instinct to want to tell those stories.”
I’ll admit, a turn-of-the-century female Batman in the style of Sam Fuller and Edward Gorey sounds awesome, but I wouldn’t start getting too excited just yet. Because heaven knows, in this world, anything can happen, including a bunch of awesome-seeming projects not getting made despite seeming really awesome.