With the Avengers tearing it up at the box office I am prompted to pay homage to the genius behind the action blockbuster of the summer.
Joss Whedon has long been a cult favorite, from his creation of a certain cheerleader who moonlights as a vampire slayer, to his amazing futuristic weird western, he has always flown a bit below the radar. Now with the Avengers kickin' butt and takin' names at the box office perhaps this under-appreciated auteur will finally make the A-list!
Long time fans of Whedon have always appreciated his witty and oddball brand of humor. Smart, fast paced, filled with in-jokes that are said with a certain wry flair are some of his trademarks.
Of course one of his most famous creations is Buffy, like, the Vampire Slayer? This is the show that launched a thousand stars: Sarah Michelle Geller, Seth Green, David Borneanaz, Felica Day, Michelle Trachtenberg,... ok maybe not a thousand, and maybe not stars but you know what i mean! He wrote the screenplay for the 1992 version of Buffy which starred Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry and Paul Reubens.
Following Buffy was the spin-off show for her vampire lover Angel, played by the surprisingly yummy David Borneanaz.
And now we come to the ill-fated, arguably best (at least my favorite) Whedon project of all: Firefly... His name is attached to more than just quirky cult classics but those are the ones I love him for. Perhaps the best thing that has ever been jammed in my eyeholes was his too short lived Firefly. If you have not seen it, watch it RIGHT NOW!
After being cut short on a certain network station Whedon took this series to the big screen in the vaguely sequential:
Serenity (Spoiler alert: you will definitely want to watch the show before you watch the movie!)
Perhaps it is finally his time to shine, all of you who don't know Mr. Whedon, please get familiar with his funny, touching and intelligent works, those who are already in love, geek on!