What They Said: Can You Guess Joss Whedon's Favorite Superhero Movie(s)? (Hint: It's Not 'The Avengers')

What They Said: Can You Guess Joss Whedon's Favorite Superhero Movie(s)? (Hint: It's Not 'The Avengers')

May 09, 2012

"I grew up small and afraid of everything, and apart from the fact that I’m no longer small, nothing has changed. Every moment that I love is the moment when a character basically stands up and says “I have the right to exist.” And that’s something I have yet to do as a person. But I can write it quite eloquently." -- Joss Whedon

Still making the press rounds following his film's monster, record-smashing debut, The Avengers director Joss Whedon sat down for a lengthy chat with Forbes that covers all things Avengers, Buffy, Dr. Horrible, Cabin in the Woods and more, including which superhero movies Whedon admires the most. Not surprisingly the man doesn't cite his own film as one of the best ever made (even though we feel it is), but he does point out three films in particular that got it right. Check out this exchange below:


What, in your view, have been the great superhero movies?
I still think the first two “Spideys” were unmatched. I think they captured the comic and found some cinematic extensions of that that were purely cinematic. Again, I think “Watchmen” was slavishly adherent to the comic, and that sometimes is almost as bad as completely ignoring the comic and just using the title. I think “Batman Begins” is certainly my favorite Batman movie I’ve seen.
Huh, not “The Dark Knight”? Most people would say “The Dark Knight.”
“The Dark Knight,” for me, has the same problem that every other “Batman” movie has. It’s not about Batman. I think Heath Ledger is just phenomenal and the character of the Joker is beautifully written. He has a particular philosophy that he carries throughout the movie. He has one of the best bad guy schemes. Bad guy schemes are actually very hard to come up with. I love his movie, but I always feel like Batman gets short shrift. In “Batman Begins,” the pathological, unbalanced, needy, scary person in the movie is Batman. That’s what every “Batman” movie should be.
Whedon also had an interesting point about Zack Snyder's Watchmen movie, which he feels shouldn't have been a movie in the first place.
"It is a very dark deconstruction of the superhero genre, and I feel the movie did not quite — first of all, the comic book should never have been a movie. It was also a comic book about American culture in the 20th century, seen through the lens of comic books. It was a comic about comics designed to be a comic and not a movie.
But I feel also that I’m not ready for that movie because that movies says “We know so much about superheroes, we’ve seen so many great superhero movies. Now let’s tear it apart.” And I’m like, “Whoa! Wait a minute. I haven’t seen that many great superhero movies.” I still want to see the ones that make me feel galvanized and excited and really moved and that make me feel really invested in the people I’m watching. I don’t want to tear them apart yet."
The rest of the interview is really a fantastic read, covering Whedon's past, present and future. It profiles a man who's never caught a break when it comes to the projects he's truly cared about; one whose life was about to change in dramatic ways a few weeks later when his newest film would put up the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time. 
Do you agree with Whedon's choices for best superhero movies ever? [via CBM]
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