SUPER Director Hears Joss Whedon's Film THE AVENGERS Has the "Best Script for a Marvel Movie Ever"

While promoting his upcoming action-comedy Super at the South by Southwest Film Festival, James Gunn had nothing but praise for Whedon's take on Marvel Studios' upcoming superhero film.

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In the summer of 2012, Marvel Studios will release a film that is both a great gamble and crowning achievement. The Avengers, the largest ensemble superhero film produced by a major motion picture studio in cinematic history, will feature characters who have previously been showcased in their own, respective ventures (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow and the Hulk) and ones newly introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Hawkeye and a plethora of yet to be revealed names). Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly cult fame, will direct the film, and is already deeply immersed in pre-production happenings.

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After formally announcing The Avengers at last year's San Diego Comic Con with the main cast member's introductions and a teaser trailer, very little news about the film has been disclosed. With principal photography right around the corner, as well as three major comic conventions -- C2E2, WonderCon & Comic Con -- it's only a matter of time before fans get all the info they have been waiting for.

Until then, the director of the upcoming superhero-themed comedy Super,James Gunn, offers great praise for the project that should keep the negative speculation at bay:

“Everybody I know who’s read it says it’s by far the best script for a Marvel movie ever. I’m very, very excited about it. Nobody loves superheroes more than Joss. He’s really got his heart in the right place.”

The director was not as kind in his appraisal of Warner Brothers vision for handling the DC universe in film adaptations.

"Warner Bros. is obviously fucking up. They don’t know how to make a good superhero movie unless Christopher Nolan is involved to save their lives.”

The Avengers is scheduled to hit theaters on May 4th, 2012, and will unite Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) for the first time in cinematic history.


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mawilli4

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this news makes me very, very happy BLAM!

TorturedXGenius

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*bart scott voice* CANT WAIT!

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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Damn WB.... TOMA!

Anthony3

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I heard it will be the greatest movie of all time, called The Avengers.

Cory Deuce

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"Warner Bros. is obviously fucking up. They don’t know how to make a good superhero movie unless Christopher Nolan is involved to save their lives."

I understand you may be working for Marvel and such, but is it really that necessary to bash a different studio just because they have a director that they like and would like to have him be a part of more of their films? Maybe I'm not quite grasping what he's saying but it seems like he's almost appealing to more of the Marvel fanboys/fanatics and not worrying about the comic book movie adaptation crowd. Maybe I'm wrong....

GLFanboy  |  Correspondent

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Cory Deuce wrote:

"Warner Bros. is obviously fucking up. They don’t know how to make a good superhero movie unless Christopher Nolan is involved to save their lives."

I understand you may be working for Marvel and such, but is it really that necessary to bash a different studio just because they have a director that they like and would like to have him be a part of more of their films? Maybe I'm not quite grasping what he's saying but it seems like he's almost appealing to more of the Marvel fanboys/fanatics and not worrying about the comic book movie adaptation crowd. Maybe I'm wrong....

It's just what Marvel fanboys do. They are physically incapable of praising their own product of choice without adding that DC or Warner Brothers sucks. It's in their DNA and runs from the zombies straight through to the top of Marvels Editorial department.

And yeah right! James Gunn's opinion should quiet all skepticism and we should all listen to what he says. After all, this man knows a good screenplay when he writes it or directs it. I mean this is the powerhouse writer who gave us not only Scooby Doo but the the epic Scooby Doo 2. Not since the Godfather has a sequel surpassed the cinematic impact of the first in such a profound way. Thanks for the insight James Gunn! I'll sleep soundly tonight!

Hellboy

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"Warner Bros. is obviously fucking up. They don’t know how to make a good superhero movie unless Christopher Nolan is involved to save their lives.”

a bit extreme, maybe. but where's the proof to the contrary?

Marvel has a plan. a long-term plan. where is DC/WB's? the wonder woman tv show? the green lantern movie? a third nolan batman movie? another superman reboot? sounds pretty shaky.

Hellboy

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p.s. - i worked at WB for many years as an art director and i can confirm that they ALWAYS play it safe. and that they are ALWAYS the follower.

Hellboy

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but YAY about the Avengers script!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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Hellboy wrote:

p.s. - i worked at WB for many years as an art director and i can confirm that they ALWAYS play it safe. and that they are ALWAYS the follower.

That's exactly the point I think he's trying to make -- though he was very uncouth about it. WB is the be-all-end-all of a conglomerate. Business always comes first that that means analyzing your risk to the finest detail.

Marvel Studios doesn't have anything to loose with their films, so they're going all out. WB on the other had is so multi-faceted that they won't risk another Batman and Robin incident. Hell, Superman Returns made over 400,000,000 dollars and it still wasn't enough to garner a sequel. High expectations = higher benefits. I give kudos to Marvel for doing what they're doing, but I give kudos to WB for doing what they know works; which in the end won't disappoint.

FIN

Hellboy

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i agree with you, pietro, for the most part. especially when it comes to finally getting their ass in motion. but WB also overthinks things or tries to present something that will please everybody. you cant possibly do that. its impossible. so why in instances where they have a property that has worked for many years and is super popular, must they take it and revamp it to please a different audience? im speaking of course of the wonder woman show which has completely rubbed me the wrong way.

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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Hellboy wrote:

i agree with you, pietro, for the most part. especially when it comes to finally getting their ass in motion. but WB also overthinks things or tries to present something that will please everybody. you cant possibly do that. its impossible. so why in instances where they have a property that has worked for many years and is super popular, must they take it and revamp it to please a different audience? im speaking of course of the wonder woman show which has completely rubbed me the wrong way.

You answered your own question: they are trying to please everyone. They want to SATC/Gossip Girl crowd, the primetime NBC audience and they seem to think fans of the character will be happy just seeing any kind of show about her (wrong)

Hellboy

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precisely. they are wrong because you cannot please everyone. and by changing what we love, they certainly arent pleasing us either.

Ibz

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this whole Marvel fanboy's vs DC fanboys is just pathetic. the dude gave his opinion people didn't like it so he gets labelled marvel fanboy, if it was the other way round he would be labelled. Might not be violent as the other side but its still here and thinks its just stupid.

GLFanboy  |  Correspondent

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Ibz wrote:

this whole Marvel fanboy's vs DC fanboys is just pathetic. the dude gave his opinion people didn't like it so he gets labelled marvel fanboy, if it was the other way round he would be labelled. Might not be violent as the other side but its still here and thinks its just stupid.

I agree with you. It's just that we don't see it the other way around nearly as much.
I understand it's just his opinion and that by itself is fine. But what did his opinion of Warner Brothers have to do, in any way, with his assessment of Whedon's script? Why did it have to be said? I guess to be fair, we don't know the question that was posed to him, nor the circumstances on how the topic came up but it is quite typical of Marvel fans these days to end their comments with a dig on WB or DC. I just don't understand why.
To me, THAT is what fuels the fanboy debate.
I can't wait for Avengers and any good news about any Marvel property is music to my ears! I'm just so tired of the flat-out negativity towards DC/WB by Marvel fans.