If you haven't seen Joss Whedon's 2008 Internet hit Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, I'm going to try and describe it for you: it's basically the best thing that's ever been made in the entire history of mankind.
Sliced bread? Printing press? Internal combustion engine? Bow, lame inventions, to the superior magic of a musical web series -- yes I said MUSICAL -- that combines Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion in a three-party comedy/drama that's silly, mesmerizing, and downright upsetting all at the same time
Seriously. It's amazing. You should go buy it right this instant if you haven't enjoyed it yet. (Only $10 on Amazon!)
For the existing fans, I've got great news: not only will Dr. Horrible be aired on The CW on Tuesday, October 9, but the sequel -- SEQUEL! -- is officially in the works. Here, let me use some exclamation points to express how I feel about this development: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A Dr. Horrible sequel has been teased for some time now, but it looks like Variety pinned Whedon down at a recent Q&A and forced him to confirm that the project is still happening. Whedon says that production on the sequel will start within the year -- despite the fact that he's got a few other things going on, such as the 2015 sequel for a tiny movie you may have heard of called The Avengers, and a pilot for ABC and Marvel TV based on Avengers' character Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.
Well, whatever on all that Avengers stuff, Whedon, because we want more Dr. Horrible and we want it NOW. I'm sure there will be even more demand after the series makes its television debut in October (Bad Horse Halloween costumes, anyone?), so I hope Whedon can successfully deploy all his fan-frenzy-management skills to keep us appeased until the project finally gets underway.
Because I don't know, would it be so wrong to camp outside his house with a sign or two? OCCUPY DR. HORRIBLE? WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT (WHO HAVE USELESS HETEROSEXUAL CRUSHES ON NPH)? HEY WHEDON "FREEZE RAY" HAS BEEN STUCK IN MY HEAD FOR 4 SOLID YEARS NOW PLEASE COME OUT WITH SOME NEW SONGS?
While the original Dr. Horrible was released for the web, it's not clear how the sequel will be distributed. Whedon says only that they intend to take a "media-agnostic" approach to the production.
Personally, I don't care. Stream it, sell it, put it on DVD, package it by hand in a remote African village and ship it via Pony Express, I'll be there.
Here are a couple clips from the original series -- enjoy! Sing along!
Are you a Dr. Horrible fan? What do you think about a sequel -- are you looking forward to it, or should Whedon just leave this cult hit alone?
Image via Dr. Horrible