In addition to loving him for creating things like “The Avengers” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Joss Whedon‘s fans love him for things like what he did Wednesday (May 9): publicly express his gratitude directly to them.
Writing on the all-things-Joss site Whedonesque, Whedon offers a heartfelt thanks for the record box-office weekend for “The Avengers,” answers some questions — including one about the status of the sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and the web series “Wastelanders” — and is just generally Joss-like. First, the thank you:
“People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting. I think — not to jinx it — that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine! … And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of “Air Bud” that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!)
“What doesn’t change is anything that matters. What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with “peeps” — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. … If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I’m an alien, not a robot.) So this is me, saying thank you. All of you. You’ve taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go “I told you so”, to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!)”
And now a couple of the questions, courtesy of a fake interview with “reporter” Rutherford D. Actualperson that Whedon posted:
What does this mean for your upcoming slate of tiny independent films/Internet shenanigans? Will they fall by the wayside?
There may be new ideas realized — I always leave myself open to that — but my commitment to Wastelanders and Dr H.2 does not waver. Those stories bubble on my stove.
TV is my great love. To tell stories with that alacrity, intensity, and immediacy… Nothing quite like it. I imagine it’s not dissimilar to the feeling great poker players have: “Here’s what I got, here’s where I’m going… How to trick everybody into thinking I know what I’m doing?” [Full disclosure : Joss hates poker. He is probably talking about bridge. But it should apply nonetheless.]
What’s next for Joss “finally got it right for a change” Whedon?
Can we not call me that?
Just deal. Whut up?
I really think we should discuss that nickname, but I’m finishing “Much Ado About Nothing” this month. If you liked “the Avengers”, you’ll love… I can’t. It’s Shakespeare. And not in the park. I hope it gets watched.