"People have made it very clear that they are fed up with movies where entire cities are destroyed, and then we celebrate..."
Joss Whedon spoke out recently about, what he sees, as a habit of big superhero movies that have been essentially destroying cities as they reach their conclusions, for example [Man of Steel](movie:15593) and curiously [The Avengers](movie:9040). In the statement he spoke about how his movie was different to that of The Dark Knight.
I watched The Dark Knight and I thought of that as riffing on the genre... That was a superhero movie as The Godfather. And I was like, 'But I just still want to see a superhero movie!' We had just gotten the technology to make it awesome, and I wasn't ready to be post-modern about it yet.
So, in fact, this does highlight the intelligence in the man. He is aware of how - while The Dark Knight series was seen as a collection of post-modern superhero movies - he himself had yet to see the superhero movie that he wanted as a fan. More than likely the one that he'd been hoping to see since he got into comics. In fact, this is the great strength of The Avengers; there are so many Easter eggs, jokes and lines that only a massive comic book fan could have pulled off the movie, while simultaneously keeping in the balance all of these dense characters.
Also, with the phrasing 'wasn't ready', this might suggest that Whedon's next installment might be little more like The Dark Knight Trilogy.
People come in with a certain amount of emotional baggage... So, whether we're in our larvae stage or our decadent stage, I can't really say, but I try to make my superhero movies as if there's either never been one or there's only ever been them. I work with the idea that it's just a natural way for people to be, so that you still make a movie about people.
He is neither incorrect or correct, he is simply illustrating his directing choices.
His direction, if we use Tony Stark as an example, tries it's best to earth the characters with very American humor and wit such as suggesting they go for 'Schwarma' or joking about 'Shakespeare in the Park' with Thor. This style of both story and dialogue are what engage audience in one way. Stark makes jokes about popular culture that you or I might make and therefore the audience can relate.
While Dark Knight dialogue on the other hand seems to always have a sub-context or a grander meaning, as though suggesting the superheroes are metaphors of men rather than just what you see. For example, when The Joker quips about 'This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object', he is stating that they are just one example or metaphor of nature. Joker and Batman metaphor anarchy and order colliding; like two nations battling a war.
So the big question really is which do you prefer, or is there room for both?
Dark Knight or Avengers style?