Tale of the Tape: Joss Whedon and Louis Leterrier Battle for The Avengers


And you thought you could go even one day without reading something about Marvel. What started out as a possible April Fool's Day joke is now confirmed as truth. According to the LA Times blog, Hero Complex, Marvel Studios has placed cult director Joss Whedon on the short-list to direct their super-sized super hero menagerie, The Avengers. Scheduled for 2012, the film will bring together all the Marvel heroes (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk) under one green-screen enhanced sky and presumably make tons of money so long as Marvel fatigue hasn't set in by then. If seeing "short-list" and "The Avengers" in the same sentence seems a bit familiar, that's probably because just last week, Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier said his name was on there as well. This has all the makings of a knock-down, drag-out war! After the jump, find out which director has the inside edge.


Joss Whedon has been the creative force behind such beloved television series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse (never mind that no one watched the latter two) and also created the web-musical, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Louis Leterrier, in addition to Clash of the Titans, is the man responsible for The Incredible Hulk, Transporter 2 and that weird Jet Li-in-a-dog-collar actioner from a few years back, Unleashed. Um, yeah.

Advantage: Whedon

Talent Connections

Whedon's got some major stars in his Rolodex (see: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Summer Glau, Felicia Day and Neil Patrick Harris). Unfortunately, Leterrier has the Kraken.

Advantage: Leterrier

Critical Backing

In a 2002 feature on Whedon, The New York Times called Firefly, "one of the most intelligent, and most underestimated, shows on television." A quick perusal of Rotten Tomatoes finds Leterrier's Clash of the Titans being called "a sham," "a joyless slog" and "tone deaf."

Advantage: Whedon.

Box Office

Whedon's only feature film as a director was Serenity, which grossed just over $25 million. Leterrier's Clash of the Titans grossed that in one day.

Advantage: Leterrier.

And there you have it: if Marvel is looking for a smart and beloved Avengers film, they'll hire Joss Whedon. If they're looking for one that will make a ton of money, they'll hire Leterrier. Wonder which way they'll go...

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  • Fred says:

    Here's a little tip for you. Neither of these guys will be directed The Avengers. The end.

  • harryseldon says:

    That's because Uwe Boll has this all locked up!

  • Colander says:

    Allowing Joss to polish the script would also be quite intelligent, since Zak Penn 'pounded' Whedon's Astonishing X-Men storyline 'in the ass' for X3, and has shown no other signs that he is capable writing a decent superhero movie.

  • Colander says:

    Pardon me, he has a 'story' credit for X2, which I guess 'counts'? Hulk does not, however.

  • Gideon says:

    Summer Glau and Felicia Day are major stars?

  • Jason Glugla says:

    Leterrier really should be at the top of the list since he was able to turn a very good film ie Clash of the Titans into a hot piece of garbage. We are in an age wherein directors get rewarded for producing junk which becomes the standard and audiences cease to expect anything more. Films today have all the depth of the back story for a video game.