Why Joss Whedon Must Not Direct a Star Wars Film


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There’s a rumor flying around that Joss Whedon may direct a future Star Wars movie, and that’s not something that should be allowed to happen.

This all started from MoviePilot who listened to the Get Your Geek On podcast and claims that Joss Whedon is in the running to direct Star Wars Episode IX. MakingStarWars has also heard these rumors, but those pegged him to direct Star Wars Anthology 2 now that Josh Trank is gone.

Even though Whedon’s Avengers movies made a lot of money, as any Marvel fan and they’ll tell you they’re not even the best Marvel Studios films. They’re good, but they get weighted down with some of Whedon’s stuff that doesn’t really fit Marvel…and it doesn’t really fit Star Wars either.

Even worse than that is his own opinions on Star Wars…

Joss Whedon does not like The Empire Strikes Back, the movie most fans consider to be the best Star Wars movie:

“Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending,” Whedon noted during his 10-page deep-dive interview with Entertainment Weekly in this week’s issue. “Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea.”

To which your EW interviewer blurted: “You think Empire had a bad ending?”

“Well, it’s not an ending,” Whedon explained about the 1980 film, which had a cliffhanger leading into the next entry of the series, Return of the Jedi. “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.”

The hilarious thing about his opinion on The Empire Strikes Back is that most Marvel fans feel his ending to Avengers: Age of Ultron was much worse than any “cardinal sin” The Empire Strikes Back committed.

Hiring Whedon would be almost as bad as hiring a writer who hates all Star Wars after 1983 to do the first draft of Rogue One.

There are a lot of directors Disney has access to that would be a better choice than Whedon for any Star Wars movie, be it an episode or Anthology installment. Brad Bird, JJ Abrams, and Joe Johnston immediately come to mind, but I always make the case for Andrew Stanton to get to play in the Star Wars universe.

Despite John Carter of Mars being torpedoed by the Hollywood trades before its release, that movie fits the tone of Star Wars perfectly and was one of the best science fiction movies in the last few years. Stanton showed with that movie that he gets the tone of Star Wars (especially something like Return of the Jedi), and he deserves a chance more than Whedon does.

Hopefully Lucasfilm realizes that even though Disney may want to keep Whedon close, he isn’t the right choice to direct a Star Wars movie.