The Joss Whedon-devoted site Whedonesque is a force far, far mightier than a fan site, as we've learned pretty much any time they link to us, or we annoy their many followers and get taken down for it. It's a big site with a lot of connections, including to Whedon himself, who deep down generally likes to just fancy himself a fan anyway. So it's a perfect place for Whedon-- currently the King of the World thanks to The Avengers-- to write a thoughtful, funny, very silly thank-you letter to his fans, all of whom are probably crowing to their friends "See, we told you he was good!"
The full text of the letter can be read at Whedonesque, but here are some of my favorite excerpts.
People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good -- change is exciting. I think -- not to jinx it -- that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine! Also, with my percentage of "the Avengers" gross, I can afford to buy... [gets call from agent. Weeps manfully. Resumes typing.] ...a fine meal. But REALLY fine, with truffles and s#!+. And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of "Air Bud" that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!)
RTA: I've seen a lot of a talk about "the Availers" vs "the Dark Knight Rises". How will you feel if you're eclipsed by Nolan?
Please, please read the entire post-- it's well worth it, and a much bigger dose of Whedon's distinct humor than you get in The Avengers (note: that's a good thing). It's kind of remarkable that Whedon could carve out a chunk of time to write this at some point in the last 4 days, given that every moment since The Avengers opened overseas has probably been complete chaos for him. And though he's probably not just being self-deprecating when he says he's not making much from the grosses of The Avengers, he's surely got producers throwing their own money at him, meaning his dream project-- be it that Air Bud Jai-Alai movie or Serenity 2 or anything else-- is well within reach for the first time ever.
Basically, it's super cool that the biggest director on the planet took the time to write a long, funny letter to his fans, simply because he wanted to. That's the approachable attitude Whedon has always had, and it's how he endeared himself to people so quickly, on a personal level, and made them devoted fans for life. The reason he can joke that "'m discarding my old fans so I can concentrate on fame, Euro-trash guy-jewelry and my precious "Air Bud" reboot" is because it'll never happen, and the fans know it'll never happen. That honesty added to the fact that he made a truly spectacular blockbuster means Whedon doesn't just have his devoted fans, but millions more who are now happily joining the throng.