Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, “My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,” and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.
Don’t just be yourself, be all of your selves.
Joss: I have one line left in that movie. Actually, there are a couple of lines left in that are out of context and make no sense, or are delivered so badly, so terribly… There’s one line that’s left the way I wrote it.
The Onion: Which is?
Joss: “‘It’s me.’ ‘Prove it.’ ‘You’re a dick.’” Hey, it got a laugh. (X)
Nathan Fillion & Robert Downey Jr - Castle/Avengers Promo
“Here we have ‘the hero shot’, and I have never used that term more literally in my life. We designed the entire set, and the entire sequence, for this moment. It has been pointed out to me, that I have a problem making fiction that doesn’t have super powered adolescent girls in it. I don’t care. I think that’s one of the sweetest things that I ever shot.”Joss Whedon (Serenity, 2005) commentary
River Tam is amazing.