Joss Whedon on his failed Batman movie pitch, and a return to Firefly
Before Batman Begins, Joss Whedon was one of the many who pitched a Caped Crusader movie to Warner Bros. Details here, plus his ongoing hopes for more Firefly…
As The Cabin In The Woods premiered at the South By Southwest Festival in Texas, Joss Whedon took part in a panel discussion about the film, and several other projects, too.
Amongst the highlights? Well, prior to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins movie coming together, Whedon went to Warner Bros to pitch a Batman movie of his own.
“My heart was on the table”, he said. “I was so into it. And I could tell the executive I was talking to was just completely thinking about their schedule and their window and it was like I was talking to a wall. It was a different language. And I drove away from the meeting and I actually said to myself like, how much more indication do I need that the machine doesn’t care?”
That particular day seemed to get worse, though, as Whedon went on to say “I got back to work and they cancelled Firefly. And I was like ‘it was rhetorical! I wasn’t asking for more!’”.
Whedon, as you might have guessed, didn't get very far with his Batman project.
Talking of Firefly, though, in the same panel discussion, Whedon’s heart clearly hasn’t closed the door back to that world. “I keep thinking they’re going to call me, crunch the numbers and say ‘hey, we can make more money from this!’", he said. “But they don’t. I would never rule it out, I love these people. But I can’t just wait by the phone”.
As to the small matter of his next film, Marvel’s The Avengers, Whedon told us that Marvel had been as “unmeddlesome” as any studio he’d ever worked with. You can read more on that here.
The Cabin In The Woods is released next month. It is magnificent.