“Gorram” actually predates Firefly by 100 years

Welcome back to Pop Lexicon, The A.V. Club’s series with Kory Stamper, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and editor, where she reveals the origins of America’s favorite colloquialisms. Today we’re examining “gorram,” a word made popular by Joss Whedon’s sci-fi Western Firefly. In the video above, Stamper explains how…

The Justice League Blu-ray is a bizarre exercise in hiding the truth about moviemaking

The behind-the-scenes drama that went into Warner Bros.’ tentpole superhero team-up Justice League this past fall ended up being a far more compelling story than the one that played out in front of the cameras. Anyone who was paying attention to the ongoing shakeups, studio meddling, and eventual overhaul of the…

Warner Bros. has put Batgirl on hold after Joss Whedon decided it was too hard to write

According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. has “no imminent plans” to find a new director to take on its Batgirl movie after Joss Whedon dropped out of the project last week. Apparently, even if Whedon hadn’t quit, the movie probably wouldn’t have started shooting until after Matt Reeves’ Batman—which is still pretty early…

Joss Whedon drops out of Batgirl, admits he "didn't have a story"

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joss Whedon has dropped out of Warner Bros.’ Batgirl movie, saying he recently realized that he “really didn’t have a story.” He admitted that in a statement, thanking DC and Warner Bros. for being “so understanding” once he realized he had “failed.” Whedon was first attached to…

The superheroes of Justice League deserve better than another misbegotten blockbuster

A blockbuster with more studio notes than script (underlined: “Be more Marvel”), Justice League attempts to inject some levity and rock ’n’ roll into Zack Snyder’s dinosaurian version of the DC Comics-verse; in many cases, it ends up with the worst of multiple worlds. Gone are the artistic pretensions and doofy…

Joss Whedon takes Giles back to school in this BTVS: Giles exclusive announcement

Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Rupert Giles has had one hell of a life. He was a bad boy that went by the name of “Ripper” in his 20s, and later in his adulthood, he helped save the world on multiple occasions as the mentor of Buffy Summers. Then he died, but death isn’t permanent in the Buffyverse. He was resurrected by…

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Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole says he’s a “hypocrite” for preaching feminist ideals

Whether it’s deserved or not is debatable, but Joss Whedon has a reputation for being a feminist writer/director who has a particular penchant for strong, well-rounded female characters. However, someone who probably knows Whedon better than most people has now stepped forward and declared that the perception of him…

Here’s how they made Speed’s immortal bus-jump scene

Speed is one of the great ’90s action movies, a clean post-Die Hard action flick that elevated a preposterous (but compelling) premise with Keanu Reeves’ physical showmanship and Sandra Bullock’s considerable charisma. But that almost wasn’t the case. Stephen Baldwin actually turned down the role before it went to…

Danny Elfman has been brought on to do the music for Justice League

Danny Elfman—whose superhero scores have graced Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and, most notably, Tim Burton’s Batman movies and the DCAU animated series they inspired—has signed on for Warner Bros.’ Justice League. Elfman will replace Tom “Junkie XL” Holkenborg, who did the score for Batman…