Joss Whedon: ‘I desperately wanted to make a ‘Batman’ film’

'Avengers' director says that growing up he was a 'Marvel kid' who was 'DC-curious'

Joss Whedon has admitted that he “desperately” wanted to make a Batman film when he was growing up.

The writer-director has enjoyed massive success with his Marvel blockbusters Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, but will not return to direct the next two films in the franchise, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, with Captain America duo the Russo brothers taking over behind the camera.

In a new interview with IGN, Whedon revealed that as a child, he was also intrigued by the world of Marvel’s comic book rival DC. Asked whether he would ever make a DC movie, the writer-director replied: “Sure. I’d be like ‘I have all these joke ideas.’ And they’d be like ‘No, we don’t do that here.’ I desperately wanted to do a Batman film – who doesn’t? And I wanted to do Wonder Woman. I was a Marvel kid growing up, but I was always DC-curious. And I see myself on the spectrum in between.”

Whedon was hired by Warner Bros. to write and direct a Wonder Woman movie in 2005, but later dropped out citing creative differences with the studio. Asked how he feels about the new Wonder Woman movie that is now in the works, with Fast And The Furious actress Gal Gadot set to star as the title character, he replied jokingly: “I don’t care who she’s seeing now. We don’t talk much. And I wish her well!”

Whedon’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron opened in UK cinemas on Thursday (April 23) and will be released in the US on May 1. Read NME’s review here.