Buffy-verse creator Joss Whedon says that fans who tuned out of the season eight in the comic books may want to consider returning when the comic book series kicks off for season nine.
Whedon admitted that season eight didn’t quite live up to his expectations and that he and the rest of the creative team may have done too many things just because they could do them on the comic book page.
“The point of season 8 to me was, ‘Hey, it’s comics, and we can do these things we can’t do on television,’ and it eventually became kind of an albatross,” he said during his panel, as reported by Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall. “People were more interested in her life than they were in the fact that we could draw bigger things… Having discovered that I can do it differently than the television show, I’ve discovered that I don’t really want to.”
Whedon also said that fans of Firefly will be happy with news that a deal has been signed to not only explore the background of the characters from that universe, but also to move them forward.
And if you’re a Doctor Horrible fan and are wondering just when we’ll get a second installment, Whedon gave an update on the work being done there.
“I’ve worked on a number of songs,” he said. “I got a demo from Jed and Maurissa that Zack pitched and they wrote, and just like they did when we did the first one, I said, ‘I would respectfully like to withdraw my songs, because it’s so good.'”
Finally, Whedon addressed what it was like to come into next summer’s The Avengers with much of the main cast getting to meet audiences in other movies leading up to his installment.
“It’s not that different,” he explained. “You come to a relationship with an actor that you build on the set and in pre-production. You take what parameters you have. Something like ‘The Avengers,’ there’s an enormous number of parameters: visual styles, people who’ve played the characters, people who haven’t, all the reconciling that goes on. There are so many concerns, but at the end of the day, as soon as there’s been an episode of a TV show, you’re already in that world of ‘How do I resolve with what I already have?’ There will be parameters based on ‘Who’s my audience? What can I get away with? How long do I have to tell the story?’
“With ‘The Avengers,’ it actually hasn’t been as hard as I thought it’d be. What I find is these characters mesh through their differences really well. And these actors are having a great time playing against each other. They are, as a troupe, actually a much better team than the Avengers are.”