Some artists survive in Hollywood by following a “one for them/one for me” approach. It’s hard to think of a more perfect example of this than Joss Whedon going from the grand bombast of The Avengers
to a low-budget, black-and-white take on Much Ado About Nothing
. The real surprise, however, is that Whedon brings as much of his heart and soul to William Shakespeare’s characters as he does to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s.
One of the Bard’s most admired comedies, Much Ado focuses primarily on the relationship between Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof), two equally witty and seemingly cynical members of court who take every oppor...