‘Avengers’ Director Joss Whedon Writes Thank You Letter to Fans
Did you go see ‘The Avengers‘ this weekend? Are you a big ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ fan? Do you still watch old episodes of ‘Firefly?’ If you answered yes to any of those things, Joss Whedon has something he wants to tell you.
Whedon wrote a lengthy letter of thanks to his fans yesterday for all their support through his many projects. Where some directors might take a $207 million opening and let it get to their head, Whedon instead took to his computer and wrote a letter to you and you and you and you; all the people who helped make it happen.
Here’s a brief excerpt of Whedon’s thank you letter:
“Well, it’s been quite a weekend…People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting.
What doesn’t change is anything that matters. What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with ‘peeps’ — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. A lot of stories have come out about my “dark years”, and how I’m “unrecognized”… I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I’m ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much.
I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I’ve thought, ‘maybe I’m over; maybe I’ve said my piece.’ But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y’all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here.
So this is me, saying thank you. All of you.”
That’s just scratching the surface of his post on Whedonesque, his fansite. There’s a lengthy FAQ of sorts that addresses many questions about ‘The Avengers,’ his future projects and, even, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Click here to go read it all for yourself.