Whedon has long been known for writing strong female characters, which he notes is still a rarity in Hollywood.
"I think they’ve been peripheral for a long time, and I think The Hunger Games is about to change that in a big way,” he told THR. “I really like it; it’s my kind of thing. And more important, I like what it’s doing, which is millions.”
AVC: But we should give up on that Giles spin-off, Ripper, right? Come on.
JW: Oh yeah, totally. [Laughs.] No, the thing about Ripper—the essence of it—is that the BBC came to me at one point like, “It doesn’t have to be Ripper. It can just be [Anthony Stewart Head], and there’s magic, and he’s Tony, cuz he’s awesome.” And that’s the thing: For some reason, he keeps getting sexier every year. That’s not happening to me! I’m like, “What are you doing?” And that story was always about a mature guy who’s lived, and about the choices he’s made. So you could make that now, or you could make it 10 years from now. And I’ve tortured Tony more than any other living human with, “We’re definitely gonna do this!” Because I thought we were. He’s working so much, though, I’d feel too guilty. But that’s the thing with Ripper: It doesn’t go away in my head because he’s still right for it, and he could still bring it.
Joss Whedon on the Dollhouse episode that never was
Q. What did they [Fox] not want?
A. Sex. They want things to be sexy, but for God’s sake, they don’t want them to be sexual. And one of the things that Eliza [Dushku] and I first talked about was sex. This was going to be about human need and when I talk about perversion, perversion for me is something to be celebrated. As long as nobody’s getting hurt. Because obsession is the thing in us that makes us not everybody else.
Q. Was there a particularly deviant episode they didn’t like?
A. Absolutely. It would have been deviant-tastic. The episode worked on two tracks: one with this nice old man, and something has gone horribly wrong. And then the denouement was that the old man wanted to hear his daughter say that she didn’t kill herself because he molested her. He wanted to be forgiven for something that he shouldn’t be forgiven for. And the other was this creepy reclusive billionaire with real dolls, who’s completely incapable of human relationships but was trying to take a tiny step toward them by getting rid of these dolls. Even though he was very twisted, what he was trying to do was beautiful. That episode would never be made. They were like, “No sex, just shoot at people.”
I’m sad they pulled the plug before the sixth season; because we really had it all tapped out and thought we were firing on all cylinders.
It was a stupid business move on their part and the network died soon after.
Had I not been so exhausted by the year of Firefly and Angel that had come before, maybe I could’ve fought – though fighting with the head of a network is much like not fighting, cause they just do what they do.