Joss Whedon Answers Fan Questions About Dr. Horrible Sequel, Fan Fiction, And Character Death In His Reddit AMA

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OK, let's just take it as an established truth that all of Joss Whedon‘s interview answers are pithy and witty. I don't know how he does it, even when he has the time to think up his responses. In the case of his Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread earlier today, he fired off these tidbits and insights in just a few minutes, so as to get to as many fans as possible in the two hours he had on the site.

Joss didn't have long, but he still managed to address almost his entire body of work. He discussed how he envisioned Dollhouse ending, whether he would pursue a second season of Firefly, the work he and the crew have done on the sequel to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and what it was like to direct the cast of the upcoming Marvel film The Avengers. Definitely read the whole thing when you have more time, but here are our six favorite answers.

When asked, “Which joke in your body of work are you most proud of?”:

Titan A.E.

His stance on fanfiction and such:

All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet — it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.

The status of the Dr. Horrible sequel:

We're not shooting right now, we're still in the early stages of writing. But we hope to make a great deal of progress this summer. And you can expect the death of someone you love.

Yes, the original cast will be back for Dr H 2, but Penny will be… um… I don't want to say “decomposing”…

Gently letting fans down that he will not create a Kickstarter for Firefly season 2:

Step 2: Cancel Castle. Step 3: Cancel Homeland. Step 4: Generally destroy everybody's careers. Step 5: Avoid Step 2.

Working with Pixar on Toy Story:

It was so much fun. They were in this crappy, sprawling space in the middle of nowhere, and I spent most of my time with Lasster, Stanton, Doctor and the late, very great Joe Ramft, just making jokes, pitching ideas and watching them get sharpie head-aches from sketching. We all learned so much from that experience. mostly about sharpies.

When asked which character was toughest to kill off:

I actually find it refreshing… delightful…. vaguely arousing….

Actually, I'm, no offense, very tired of being labelled as “the guy who kills people”. Shakespeare (he's this hot new writer) does it way more than me, and everyone's all excited about how he, as it were, holds a mirror up to nature, while I'm like the Jason Voorhees of the writing community. Unfair.

Also, probably Buffy's Mom.

Thank you, Joss, for taking the time to answer fans' questions! The Cabin in the Woods comes out this Friday and is easily one of the best movies I've seen in 2012. (I'll gush more about it on Friday.)