Here courtesy of Insider is a detailed timeline of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER creator Joss Whedon’s ass going irreversibly into a sling.
It begins with AVENGERS 2 and the claim that the script is misogynist, which is bullshit. Hey, I call ‘em like I see ‘em and I try really hard to remain impartial, and I honestly think the allegations against Whedon’s script are bullshit. When Black Widow calls herself a “monster” it is not just in reference to the fact that she is sterile but also pertaining to her time spent working as an assassin. It is also clear that this is how the character sees herself in that moment. She’s wrong, of course, and the audience never sees her that way, but she’s having a little bit of a dark night of the soul moment. We can throw this particular charge against Whedon out the window. It is without merit and only serves to cheapen the other, legitimate complaints.
I honestly think the guy would have gotten away with all his bad behavior if it hadn’t been for Ray Fisher. Whedon acted like a bully one time too many and somebody finally called him out for it. Good for Fisher, and good that it was a black man who did it, but it’s unfortunate that it took so long. (The death knell for Whedon? I think it was his threatening of Gal Gadot on the set of JUSTICE LEAGUE. You don’t mess with Wonder Woman, dude.)
The one thing that I keep asking myself is this: how did Whedon manage to go all those years without somebody knocking his teeth out for him? If he’d backed me up against a wall the way he did James Marsters on the set of BUFFY, either my ass would’ve gotten kicked or his would have, but there would’ve been a fight, that’s for damn sure. (Credit to Marsters for handling it with class. I’m sorry to admit that I wouldn’t have.) How is it that Whedon managed to go so long acting like a horse’s ass without running into another horse’s ass, one with a mean left hook? Bullies need to have their noses bloodied; no apologies. Thankfully now Whedon’s nose is damn-well flattened, figuratively, but it should have happened a long time ago.