'Avengers' Director Joss Whedon on Trying to Be More Like Buffy
Joss Whedon has the kind of credibility that only comes from repeated failure. To his intensely devoted fans, Whedon is nothing less than a genius, the hyperliterate auteur who created the cult hit "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and would have minted a half-dozen other self-aware genre franchises by now if it weren't for the eternal obtuseness of network and studio executives.
Which is why they're all the more frenzied about this week's opening of "The Avengers." After years of treating Whedon like a cog, one of those corporate behemoths -- Disney's Marvel Entertainment -- has finally cottoned to the obvious: that there's no one in Hollywood better cut out to make a superhero flick that hardcore nerds will embrace and civilians won't be embarrassed to see.