Variety is reporting on it today…http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118017689.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&ref=bd_film
For as long as the Avengers movie was announced, I racked my brain on who would be a good choice.
Jon Favreau made sense to me since he started this big wave of Marvel movies thanks to Iron Man, but he stated he has no interest in making The Avengers movie(he will be a producer on it).
Maybe Zack Snyder? His visuals are amazing and the action is guaranteed to be well shot and be epic. Granted his character work is fine(at best), it’s not his forte and for the Avengers film you need someone who can make this ensemble work and be fun to watch.
Maybe J.J. Abrams? He’s work on Star Trek was great, and ensemble in that film was stupendous. He was able to balance both the action and the character while still making it look big and epic.
BUT both Snyder and Abrams are busy as fuck guys with no room to make an epic movie like The Avengers.
SO, enter Joss Whedon.
Dude’s an accomplished writer/director. His writing is what he’s known for, but his directing is energetic, well paced and nicely stylized.
For at least FOUR different shows he’s handled large ensembles and give each character personality, humor and enjoyable traits to make them distinct.
He knows his comics, after writing 25 issues of Astonishing X-Men (plus his run on The Runaways comic). His X-Men run was critically acclamed and a huge hit.
And most importantly…he’s HUNGRY.
Not in the sense that he’s poor assholes, no, he’s hungry to prove himself.
He has a huge following, but it’s a cult following and it’s not enough for someone who needs make more projects.
Right now, Hollywood thinks Whedon only works for a niche audience, much like Kevin Smith.
Whedon has been trying to get into the big leagues, to be someone in the industry that can make a blockbuster hit off a project.
He’s had a few movie projects get away from him or be stuck in development. (Goners, an original script at Universal, and the Wonder Woman film that didn’t work out)
His recent show, Dollhouse, also got cancelled, making him a very available man.
He’s been kicked around by some bad luck in the last few years, and he needs to make a movie to make a big stamp.
This movie is his answer.
Personally (as if you couldn’t tell) I think he’s perfect for the job.
I love his work dearly and I have been waiting for someone to give him a big budget superhero film, I just didn’t think it would be this big budgeted superhero film.
This will be the biggest project he has ever worked on, but I think he’s ready.
Good luck Joss, because it’s your job to make sure the Avengers assemble!