The Whedonverse faithful are also screamers, easily surpassing Bollywood fans as the loudest crowds at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. They’re here on a warm Saturday afternoon because the fantasy mastermind, Joss Whedon himself, the creator of cult TV shows Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly, a longtime comic book scribe and the filmmaker behind the most successful superhero movie to date, the Marvel Studios adventure The Avengers, is on stage talking about his latest and perhaps most unusual, project. Whedon stands before them to introduce the world premiere of his new movie—a movie far removed from superheroes, spaceship crews, or teen vampire hunters. Much Ado About Nothing is a low-budget, black-and-white version of William Shakespeare’s comedy, set in present day and shot over 12 days in Whedon’s Santa Monica home.
“Boy, I hope you feel this way two hours from now,” Whedon says with a nervous smile. “I was in this theater last night watching Anna Karenina and now I don’t want to show my movie.”