It’s always great when a director like Joss Whedon finally gets a big break in Hollywood. For years Whedon has been more of a cult-status filmmaker/writer and now after the success of The Avengers he’ll probably be able to make whatever the heck he wants.
It’s even better when a man with his new-found power expresses his thanks to fans that helped support the film from beginning to end. Whedon recently wrote a thank you letter that also mentions The Dark Knight Rises and how it’s not really competition, but a one-two punch for film goers around the world.
Here’s the letter, thanks to Screen Crave:
Well, it’s been quite a weekend…People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting.
What doesn’t change is anything that matters. What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with ‘peeps’ — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. A lot of stories have come out about my “dark years”, and how I’m “unrecognized”… I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I’m ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much.
I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I’ve thought, ‘maybe I’m over; maybe I’ve said my piece.’ But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y’all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here.
So this is me, saying thank you. All of you.
Here’s the bit about The Dark Knight Rises and how he’d feel if it tops The Avengers for box office opening:
I will feel sad. But let’s look at the bigger picture, and I can’t say this enough: THIS IS NOT A ZERO SUM GAME. Our successes, whoever has the mostest, are a boon to each other. We’re in the business of proving that superhero movies aren’t just eye-candy (they’re eye-TRUFFLES!). People seem intent on setting us against each other, and though I’m proud to be Woody Strode to Nolan’s Kirk Douglas, I think they’re missing the point. Whatever TDKR does on its first weekend, the only stat that matters to me is the ticket I’M definitely buying. Nolan and Raimi INVENTED the true superhero flick, yo. (Special mention to Jon Favreau and James Gunn.) Happy to be in the mix.
It’s nice to know he hasn’t let all of the fame and popularity get to his head. I didn’t love The Avengers like most, but I like to think that the things I did like were because of Joss Whedon. I hope he goes onto make more amazing things and projects that never would have been able to happen had it not been for The Avengers.
Oh and he co-wrote The Cabin in the Woods, if people somehow forgot by now. So he’s slowly getting those passion projects out!