As Joss Whedon continues the press circuit for his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, the topics of superheroes, Avengers 2, and his blockbuster geekdom of course get raised.
"He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can. The day he was cast, I went up to [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige and said, 'You brilliant son of a bitch.'"
But aside from RDJ, Whedon has a big focus on female superheroes, and it frustrated with how Hollywood continues to treat them.
"Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, 'My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,' and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: 'If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.'"
So who should make a superheroine movie? Well, Joss is up for it, of course, he just has to find the time.
"And back to the female-hero thing, I’m not going to let nobody do it. It doesn’t have to be me, but it could be."