Joss Whedon criticises lack of originality in Hollywood: Comic-Con 2013

And comments on Wonder Woman and Green Lantern

Joss Whedon took to the Comic-Con stage at a special panel on Friday evening, and spoke at length about the need for more originality in Hollywood.

“I do feel like we are in desperate need of new content,” said Whedon. “Pop culture is eating itself at a rate that is going to be dangerous. Too many narratives are built on the resonance of recognition. That’s going to become really problematic.”

“Even though it’s enormous fun to work on something I read as a child, I think it’s important for us to step back from that and create new universes, new messages, and new icons,” says Whedon, before jokingly adding, “so that 10 years from now we can reboot those!”

Whedon was also asked whether he would have any interest in returning to Wonder Woman, a project he was once attached to with Warner Bros.

“I don’t like to go back to things,” was the reply, “and I also feel there’s plenty of room for a new iconic female heroine. So let’s look to the future.”

Even if he were keen, Warner probably wouldn’t take to kindly to the following jab Whedon managed to sneak in about one of their less successful superhero outings…

“I think Martin Campbell kicks ass,” said Whedon mischievously. “I just don’t think Green Lantern was his thing… and it showed.” Ooh, burn…

Do you agree with Whedon's comments? Tell us, below!


    • SiMan

      Jul 20th 2013, 10:26

      So does this mean he's going to be ditching The Avengers 2, what with its characters that were created 50 odd years ago and give us something new then?

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 20th 2013, 10:46

      The problem is even when original stories are brought to the screen most studios just want to milk them dry, look at Chronicle.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 20th 2013, 11:22

      Whedon does have a point, even though Martin Campbell successfully rebooted Bond twice, he was all at sea with Green Lantern, like Ang Lee with the Hulk movie. If a director dosn't have an invested love for the source material, then the movie is going to suffer. Comic book adapts are successful because those behind them are fans themselves.

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