Dark Horse Editor Scott Allie kicked off the panel by running down a list of once and future Joss Whedon Dark Horse collaborations. Allie assured fans that more "Serenity" comics are on the way, slated for late this year or early next. Allie also said that the "Captain Hammer" comic on MySpace Dark Horse Presents was not the last "Dr. Horrible" tie-in that Dark Horse was planning, and that Whedon's other contribution to MySpace DHP, "Sugar Shock," would be available in print soon in the MySpace collection.
With the title character of Whedon's first comics work, "Fray," guest-starring in the current arc of "Buffy: Season 8," another fan asked if there was a chance of the future slayer getting her own series. Whedon explained that while fans won't see a "Fray" series in the foreseeable future, he isn't ruling it out. "I'd like to," Whedon said. "It's a question of how much time we have."
Whedon said "Dr. Horrible" was intended to be a model for a new way to put out media. He hopes it will help create a new creative community that includes "all of us, and maybe not so much some other people." Whedon was quick to add that he loves the work they're doing at "Dollhouse," he doesn't want to eliminate the studio system completely, but "things are changing."
The writers confirmed that they fully intended to tell more "Dr. Horrible stories. Whedon said his initial thought was to make the next story very dark, like "Godfather II." "But then I looked at what we'd made and thought, 'Maybe more like 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet,'" Whedon said.
So when are we going to see this classically trained ballerina really make the most of her talent?
Leave it to Joss Whedon to come up with a solution. Ever since casting her in a bit part as a ballerina on “Angel,” and then re-hiring her for “Firefly” and “Serenity,” he’s been percolating on a project they could do together, and he’s come up with one: a short film/ballet called “The Serving Girl.”
Like he did for the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” Whedon’s composed the music — only this time it’s less sing-along, more score (Glau says it’s “beautiful”). They’ve teamed up with a choreographer as well, so now it’s only a matter of scheduling before they can start shooting, since now she has “Terminator” and he has “Dollhouse” keeping them busy.
“She’s even busier than I am. She’s busy terminating everybody,” Whedon said. “We’ve both very dedicated to the concept, and it is the next kind of dream for something to do, but it’s like working with any other artist. If they’re good, they’re very often busy, and you gotta wait.”
“We’ve been waiting to do this for years,” Glau said. “But when you’re on a series, you live there, and that’s all we do. So we’re going to have to wait until the next hiatus, but that’s not even that far away, so keep your fingers crossed.”
The movie was shepherded by Mary Parent, chairman, worldwide motion picture group, at MGM; she was an advocate of Whedon's back when she was at Universal Pictures, which produced Whedon's Serenity.