Why Whedon thinks The Empire Strikes Back was 'a betrayal of trust'

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Aug 22, 2013

Writer-director Joss Whedon has his work cut out for him. He has to create a worthy followup to The Avengers, which was both critically and commercially successful. It won't be an easy task, but he's up for the job. When talking to Entertainment Weekly about sequels he admires, The Empire Strikes Back came to mind. He loved the film, but there was one little problem — that ending!

“Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending,” Whedon declares. “Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea. It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.”

Well, obviously that cliffhanger didn't sit well with him. Whedon also spoke about his contribution to the vampire craze with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Unfortunately, he feels most properties (Twilight, The Vampire Diaries) are missing one important element.

“The thing about Buffy for me is–on a show-by-show basis–are there female characters who are being empowered, who are driving the narrative? The Twilight thing and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she’s completely passive, or not really knowing what the hell is going on. And that’s incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what’s taking on the oeuvre of Buffy, is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there — except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.”


Do you agree with Joss' opinions?

(via EW)

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