I’m a big Joss Whedon fan. We all know this. So obviously when Felicia Day posted this picture on Twitter I got all excited. And then realised that there are probably some people that haven’t seen Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008). Personally, I don’t understand how this could happen but apparently…
Whedon has always commented on his love of musicals and to date has worked on/created three: Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s musical episode ‘Once More, With Feeling’, he directed an episode of Glee ‘Dream On’, and he directed and co-wrote Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. (He has also composed the score for Much Ado About Nothing but technically that’s not a musical but still involves working with music…pulling at straws? Ok, I’ll stop.)
For those that don’t know very much about Dr Horrible the story is linked to that of the Writer’s Strike. During the strike in America from November 2007 – February 2008. Whedon along with his brothers Zach Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tanchareon (regular co-writer with Jed and his wife as of April 2009) wrote Dr Horrible as a way of creating “something small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike”.
The story revolves around Dr Horrible who is an aspiring supervillain with a web blog (played by Neil Patrick Harris) fighting against arrogant hero Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), while they both share the love interest of nice girl Penny (Felicia Day). Yes, two of these actors are regular Whedon contributors but, if you were financing your own project wouldn’t you get good actors that you enjoy working with? Yes. You would. There are also some great additional characters such as Moist (SImon Helburg – that’s right, Howard Wolowitz), the groupies (including Maurissa Tanchareon), Bad Horse Chorus (Whedon brothers) and News Anchors (Buffy/Angel writers and producers David Fury and Marti Noxon).
It comprises three acts that are each approximately 14 minutes long. The series is able to download on iTunes, buy on DVD or Blu-Ray (only via America so far as I can tell) or, you know, on YouTube. I will include the YouTube link but I encourage you to download the show or the songs on iTunes – big companies aren’t always needed to create success. The show was successful due to the fans and the wonderfulness of the show – let’s keep that going!
Dr Horrible has become so popular that a comic has been created, there is a sung Commentary! on the DVD/Blu-Ray release and Comic-Con regularly sees Dr Horrible, Captain Hammer and Penny on cosplayers. There is news of a sequel in the works but this has been mentioned for years! This time it seems to be true and should appear within the next few years – as long as Whedon doesn’t get distracted by twenty thousand other things. *cough* don’t forget about Avengers 2 though Joss *cough*