After spending years working for Marvel Studios, Joss Whedon went to the competition. What does Marvel's head honcho have to say about that?
All good things, actually. At a small press gathering on the Disney lot Monday night (April 17), Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked about the recent announcement that Whedon was going to write and direct Batgirl for Warner Bros. Pictures and the DC Extended Universe.
Whedon, of course, directed the first two Avengers movies for Marvel, while also developing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the TV division and serving as an overall creative consultant for the Marvel team. But Feige said there were no hard feelings at all about Whedon crossing to the other side:
"He called a couple months ago, which he didn’t have to do, and was super cool of him and super nice of him. And we couldn’t be more supportive. We want to see a Joss Whedon Batgirl film be awesome."
So do we all. It's no secret that an exhausted Whedon was somewhat disgruntled after completing Avengers: Age of Ultron due to some of the compromises he had to make on the movie (mostly involving set-ups for Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe); that led him to quickly remove himself from contention for the next two Avengers films, but things have settled down since and he's even spoken about working with Marvel again at some point.
But now he's setting up camp on the Warner Bros. lot, a mile or so away from the Disney compound in Burbank, and Marvel absolutely has no problem with that -- for the moment. Let's see if that tune changes once Batgirl gets a release date against, oh I don't know, Captain Marvel or something ...