He first brought us Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then he brought us Captain Malcolm and the crew of the Serenity in Firefly. When Marvel Studios started up their Marvel Cinematic Universe, they brought him in to bring Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye and Hulk together to fight Loki as The Avengers.
We are, of course, talking about Joss Whedon. It was announced just a couple months ago that he’d be taking on the Batgirl movie, featuring Barbara Gordon in the lead. And then it was announced, in the wake of the terrible Snyder family tragedy, that Whedon was stepping in on Justice League to help with the reshoots in Snyder’s place.
It seems that Marvel’s loss is definitely DC’s gain, but just how far into the Batcave has Mr. Whedon ventured? According to Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, who both oversee the entirety of the DCEU for Warner Bros., Mr. Whedon is a familiar face around the studio these days. In an interview with Variety talking about Wonder Woman and the future of their DC franchise, the two execs were asked about Whedon’s role. Berg admitted, “He’s a big part already. We love him. He’s a great partner, collaborator; we want him to be ensconced.”
He then went on to talk about their history with Whedon and how they work with artists. “We bring people by, have general meetings and talk about comics and their favorite superhero movies. With Joss, he saw the master board, and he saw a Batgirl title and he said, ‘You guys want to do Batgirl?’ And we said, ‘Absolutely.’ He said, ‘That’s my jam.’”
Whedon ensconced at DC, working with Geoff Johns in the wake of Wonder Woman’s success — it very much sounds as if DC is righting the ship and finally letting their heroes bask in the sun instead of sulking in the shadows. Except, you know, Batman — shadows are where he works best. But everyone else — hope, optimism and sunshine! Sunshine for days!