HBO’s The Nevers has to be one of the unluckiest TV shows in recent memory, and definitive proof it’s impossible to predict how a Hollywood project will turn out. It premiered with great fanfare in early 2021. At this point series creator Joss Whedon was just starting to lose his sterling reputation, but he had bailed on the series mid-production anyway, so it didn’t seem like that connection would harm the show too much.
After a detour into superhero movies, some better than others, Joss Whedon has returned to the medium where he’s found the most success — television — with HBO’s The Nevers, premiering in two months. It covers familiar ground for Joss — young women with supernatural powers — but there are a couple of new twists thrown in. The first trailer was released today.
Those of you who feared the Buffy reboot would be resetting the entire community of Sunnydale (and the world beyond) can breathe a bit easier. When creator Joss Whedon announced the reboot was finally a thing during Comic-Con, all he said was that it would be “a new Buffy” who belonged to another race. Perhaps he should have clarified “a new Slayer.”
Ten years ago, a writer’s strike left most of Hollywood’s script writers twiddling their thumbs, including Buffy and Angel creator Joss Whedon. There was nothing to do but cheat on his wife some more, and he’d already done that, so he needed something fresh to occupy his time. That’s when he concocted a brilliant idea: make something for the web!
It’s been rumored for a long time — Fox’s reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — but we’ve never heard anything about the project actually going forward. That’s because, until now, none of the Buffy re-Buffs have had the blessing of creator Joss Whedon, and have thus died on the vine. Until now.
Eventually, rewatching all 90s shows will become a two-pronged experience: the original seasons, and then the Trump-era revival season with lots of in-the-moment “fake news” jokes. With all the revivals we’ve seen lately, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that 20th Century Fox wants to bring back Buffy badly. What IS surprising is the restraint they’re showing in regards to that decision.
Recently, Joss Whedon was hired by Warner Bros. to develop a solo feature film for Batgirl. Even more recently, he quit the project, citing the embarrassing reason that he couldn’t think of a story. At least he’s honest.
I can imagine when Joss Whedon came on board to finish the movie Zack Snyder had to abandon, he looked at the gritty dour mess that a Snyder Justice League had to be and shook his head. We wondered just how much creative control Joss would have at this late stage, as well as just how much he’d be able to change at all given the time remaining. Apparently a lot.
There’s a lot of buzz around the upcoming Justice League film, and not all of it good. You see, before things even started, fans weren’t happy that Zack Snyder would be the director of it. Then, after a family tragedy, Joss Whedon came in (as he’s going to be directing Batgirl) and helped the film to the finish line. But, in the process, he apparently did $25 million worth of reshoots, which has many panicking over what the final film will be like.
The moment fans heard that Joss Whedon would be directing a Batgirl movie, the internet lit up with excitement. Joss is known for his character work, and he’s proven that in not only TV, but in movies as well, which is why people are excited for him to helm the live-action debut of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl (recall, Batman & Robin had Barbara Wilson, not Barbara Gordon).
Looks like Joss Whedon’s retirement from superhero movies has officially ended. Today Variety broke the news that Warner Bros. is considering bringing the man on to direct a Batgirl feature film.
Prepare to feel old: Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer is about to turn 20. On March 10, 1997 a TV adaption of an obscure 1992 movie appeared on an upstart network barely anybody watched…and it grew to become one of the most popular and influential programs ever made. There was nothing like it at the time and the show set the blueprint for genre television as we know it today. Every single urban fantasy or superhero series produced since that time owes something to it (or borrows from it outright). Buffy Summers saved the world. A lot.