‘Avengers Assemble’ director Joss Whedon dismisses ‘Dark Knight Rises’ rivalry

The film-maker of the moment is not worried if the Batman finale eclipses his movie

Joss Whedon has dismissed any rivalry with The Dark Knight Rises after the success of Avengers Assemble.

The writer/director has broken box office records in the US with his Marvel superhero mash-up, which broke the $200 million mark on its opening weekend in the US. However, Christopher Nolan‘s Batman finale could easily do bigger numbers than that.

But in a new interview, which can be found on Whedonesque, he said he was untroubled by any suggestion of competition between himself and Nolan.

Asked how he would feel if The Dark Knight Rises eclipses the success of The Avengers, Whedon said: “I will feel sad. But let’s look at the bigger picture, and I can’t say this enough: this is not a zero sum game. Our successes, whoever has the mostest are a boon to each other. We’re in the business of proving that superhero movies aren’t just eye candy. People seem intent on setting us against each other, and though I’m proud to be Woody Strode to Nolan’s Kirk Douglas, I think they’re missing the point. Whatever TDKR does on its first weekend, the only stat that matters to me is the ticket I’m definitely buying. Nolan and [Sam] Raimi invented the true superhero flick, yo. Happy to be in the mix.”

Whedon also reaffirmed his commitment to television, the medium which first found him success with Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He said: “TV is my great love. To tell stories with that alacrity, intensity, and immediacy… nothing quite like it. I imagine it’s not dissimilar to the feeling great poker players have: ‘Here’’ what I got, here’s where I’m going… how to trick everybody into thinking ‘I know what I’m doing?'”

Watch the trailer for Avengers Assemble below.