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Directorial megastar, nerdy icon, or notorious iconoclast? Classic purveyor of one-liners, inspired universe builder, or accidental misogynist? Underrated legend, correctly rated genre expert, or overrated egotist? has been called a whole lot of things during his time in the spotlight, and not all of them have been entirely positive. And yet, no matter what anyone might think of the man, there's one thing that everyone can surely agree on: Joss Whedon is a massive geek.

Whether conjuring an expansive television universe from a vampire-ridden high school, turning Neil Patrick Harris into a singing supervillain, or throwing into internal fist fights like a kid with his action figures, Whedon has always seemed (for lack of a better phrase) to be one of us. He's a geek, a dork, a nerd. He'd have been the kid back in high school who ruled the A.V. Club with an iron fist, sure, but he sure as hell would have been there every meeting. So, comic book movies aren't just a gig for him — they're what he desperately wanted to watch when he was a kid, too.

[The Avengers/Marvel Studios]
[The Avengers/Marvel Studios]

All of which essentially means one key thing: When Whedon offers his opinion on the differing cinematic approaches of Marvel and DC, it's pretty much guaranteed to be worth hearing him out. Which, of course, makes it all the more convenient that...

Joss Whedon Just Offered His Thoughts On The Differing Cinematic Approaches Of Marvel And DC

[Avengers: Age of Ultron/Marvel Studios]
[Avengers: Age of Ultron/Marvel Studios]

And, as it turns out, they're as thoughtful (and geeky) as you might imagine. They're also, however, far more positive about DC than you might expect from a man who has been Marvel Studios-affiliated for the past several years, and more positive about Marvel than you might expect from a man who reportedly left the company on bad terms after making Avengers: Age of Ultron. In Whedon's recent interview with Complex, though, there didn't seem to be any hint of ill feeling, with the director instead revealing that:

"I did not see 'Suicide Squad.' I saw 'Batman vs. Superman.' 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, President of Marvel Studios] 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. The Marvel-Netflix thing is working really well. 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... My daughter is pissed: "That's not the Flash! The Flash is this guy! But we watch the Flash and Supergirl every week."

Which, as far as reasoned, balanced analyses of the Marvel/DC divide go, is probably up there with the best of them — even if his thoughts on DC being "more cinematic" might be considered surprising by many. What's more, Whedon had a whole lot of praise reserved for DC's upcoming Wonder Woman, despite having spent much of the 2000's trying to get a solo movie made himself:

[Wonder Woman/Warner Bros.]
[Wonder Woman/Warner Bros.]

"I want it to be good. 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."

Which is a) really rather sweet, and b) probably a pretty solid approach to take.

Perhaps the most intriguing reveal from Whedon, though? He's still very much up for diving back into a major studio movie:

[Avengers: Age of Ultron/Marvel Studios]
[Avengers: Age of Ultron/Marvel Studios]

"I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death, but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine. So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, 'I don't want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?' But I saw the trailer for 'Rogue' awhile ago and I was like, 'I want to do that.' To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture."

Which, in the context of his rumored struggles with Marvel Studios, is intriguing — doubly so because the box office success of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron likely gives Whedon a pretty good chance of getting one of the directing gigs he mentioned one day. The creator of getting to play in the sandbox? Now that's something to get excited about.

Still want more on what Whedon's been up to lately, though? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.

In the meantime, what do you think? What major franchise would you like to see Whedon take a crack at? Let us know below!



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