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The Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog sequel will exist! That is the promise made by web series co-creator Jed Whedon. The Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer gave Dr. Horrible fans an update on the status of the project, assuring people there are already songs written and a plot outline, and that that it will happen. When? That's not entirely clear at this point.
There've been numerous updates about the status of the Dr. Horrible sequel, pretty much since the original released in 2008. EW checked in with Jed Whedon to find out what's going on with the anticipated follow-up, and while his report is vague on specifics, it offers a glimmer of hope that we will see the sequel someday. Here's an excerpt from Whedon's statement:
“We have many songs written and the plot outlined, but needless to say, we’ve been busy. Joss has had a hectic couple of years and is in the middle of the busiest year of his life, as is Zack and as are we. Also the actors have other things they’re acting in, I think. So the future is uncertain, our passion remains. DH2 will exist, in some format or another, at some point in the future. Unfortunately, the when is still unclear.”
So it's a lot of the usual stuff -- actors are busy, we're busy, but we all love it and want to make the sequel happen -- added to the assurance that DH2 will exist "in some format or another" someday, and that they have songs written and an outlined plot. So it's just a matter of putting it all together. I also like the "in some form or another" because it suggests the sequel could be something other than a three-part web series, which is how the original Dr. Horrible was structured.
Created by Joss, Zack and Jed Whedon, along with Maurissa Tancharoen, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was a musical starring Neil Patrick Harris as an aspiring villain who keeps a video blog to update his fans and haters on the status of his attempts to build a freeze-ray, face off against his nemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) and win the heart of the kind good-doer Penny (Felicia Day). This three-act story is told with songs interspersed and serves as an origin story to Harris' Dr. Horrible, who -- spoiler alert! -- succeeds in earning himself a place at the table of the Evil League of Evil, along with Bad Horse and some other evil villain types. So what's next for Dr. Horrible? Will he resume being evil or is there some shred of good left in him? These are things fans are eager to know, and we want more songs! One of the things that worked so well about Dr. Horrible was how catchy the music is. Just knowing that new songs have been written for a sequel makes me wish they'd all hit pause on everything else they're working on and make the followup happen. Not likely, but we can dream!
And speaking of dreaming and wishing, at the risk of being greedy, is it too much to hope that they'll do another "Commentary the Musical" bonus feature for the DVD? I loved "Ten-Dollar Solo" and "It's All About Me," from the original, but my favorite commentary tune was...