Joss Whedon is in a transitional period.
The A-list screenwriter, film director and comics scribe may be at work on a new TV series for HBO, but in the comics world, he's taking on the dual task of wrapping one long-running series (perhaps for good) and diving back in to another for a one-shot. The former is Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which sees the fourth and final issue of its last comic season arrive in September, and the latter is Dr. Horrible, the Internet sensation on its way back to comics with art from José Maria Beroy and Sara Soler.
CBR spoke with Whedon during Comic-Con International, and the writer shared the surprising behind the scenes moves that led to both his most recent comics projects, all the while answering the question of whether we'll ever see more Dr. Horrible on screen or if the last Buffy season is truly "the end."
CBR: Dark Horse announced a new Dr. Horrible comic at the show. I feel like that's a piece of the overall Whedon canon people have been waiting for more of. Has it been a project where you've said "I will get back to that one day" or more "Suddenly I have an idea to go back to that"?
Joss Whedon: It was more "I know I'll get back to it" because we talk about it all the time. I saw Neil [Patrick Harris] when he was doing Hedwig [And The Angry Inch], and after the performance I went backstage and said "You were amazing!" and he said, "When are you going to do a sequel?!" [Laughter] And then Jed and Marissa have been working on the past few seasons of S.H.I.E.L.D., and so it's hard to figure it out.
In the meantime, we want to do something more with Dark Horse right now – especially because Fox is taking the Buffy license and the Firefly license back. And Dark Horse has shepherded these licenses for decades now. But it's like, "Well, they don't own Dr. Horrible!" That's mine. So I suggested that we could do a one-shot and then realized that no one else was going to write that. I sat down and got started and felt, "Oh, right. I love this." I hadn't revisited it in years, and to write a story that's just severely dumb as those guys can be, it was pure joy. I just fell right back into the rhythm so easily. I've been seeing pages now, and I'm so excited.