Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: The Year of.....

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Another year at its end, 2012 brought us a lot of stuff that we celebrated or cried over as the year went on...Disney buying Star Wars, The Hobbit, Marvel Now, and another failed apocalypse. However, some of the best moments came from one persons mind. Yes, you have probably guessed who I am talking about.

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Why, you ask? Is it just because I am considered one of those rabid, crazy Whedon worshippers that other fans hate?  Well, I'm not.  I have proof!  In the form of facts.  That I typed out.

Let us start with the obvious thing: writing and directing the number one grossing movie of 2012. The Avengers was pretty epic culmination of great movies in the epic sense. It reached out past the geek sphere and drew in tons of diverse crowds.  Yeah, you know you saw it.

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He also had another movie (finally) released in 2012, the horror/suspense flick The Cabin in the Woods, which landed at 75 for top grossing domestic films in 2012.  And while it wasn't a high-grossing film, Whedon executive produced Comic-Con Episode IV came out this year too.

This year also marked 20th anniversary of Whedon's trademark series Buffy theVampire Slayer and the 10th anniversary of the cult favorite Firefly. Many shows are forgotten a year or two after they end but both of these live on in comics. Most creators don't have multiple reunions to mark the occasions but for a show of 13 episodes and one movie to pack the main hall at SDCC and have a feature on cable speaks to the lasting impression of Whedon's work.

For most people, that would be enough.  But not for Whedon.  He also laid the groundwork for a ton of stuff in 2013!  We can look forward to his film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, which no one has any idea how he had time to film this, plus his recently filmed script In Your Eyes.  His follow-ups to Avengers, including planning out the Marvel film verse and helming the Coulson-centered S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show with the Whedon clan at his side.  Hopefully working together means they have time to work on Dr. Horrible 2!

Now, I probably left out some things out that Whedon has been working on, like his constantly growing comic universe, which he oversees with Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie.  Also, he is constantly popping up on web series, or making his own video for fun and politics.  And he also spent 2012 promoting his favorite charity, Equality Now, for their 20th anniversary.

Best Tree Topper Ever.

So, that is my argument for calling 2012 the year of Joss Whedon.  Just writing this all down made me tired, can you imagine doing it all?!  With all of the great work he has been doing, it looks like 2013 is on track to be the year of Whedon too!

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