Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Buffy vs. Black Widow

Here's an excerpt from a recent USA Today interview with Joss Whedon:

In a fight between Buffy and Black Widow, who do you think would win?

Buffy would go easy at first, but as soon as Natasha popped her with a Widow Sting, she'd start bringing some slayer brawn to the fray. Natasha's fast, but a couple of good connects and she's wobbling, possibly something broken -- she whips out her glock and now Buffy's dodging -- right where Natasha wants her. Natasha shoots the cable holding the steel barrels and they tumble onto Buffy, nearly burying her -- Buffy just arcs out of the way, grabbing the splintered cable and swinging directly onto Natasha, a bullet grazing her cheek as her feet land hard on the Russian's shoulders, sending her back flat -- crack! -- on the floor, Buffy wrenching the gun away and tossing it, fist ready for the final strike. Natasha, struggling to stay conscious, says the fight's over. Buffy agrees, but Natasha explains: She poisoned Buffy hours ago. That waitress that brought her salad …? Natasha smiles. The poison is dormant -- 'til it's activated by adrenaline. Buffy's eyes narrow. "Too bad I didn't use any." Wham! Natasha's out for the count, and Buffy's heading -- slowly -- to Willow for a mystical cleanse.

That'd be my first guess.

Obviously, it's not in screenplay format, but a fun read nonetheless. Interesting how it differs from the pages I posted from David Goyer's Blade script. The action isn't so cut and dry. Much more playful. I tried emulating his style for a while, but it was just a really poor imitation. The goal should be figuring out your own voice.

And for the record, my money's on the Slayer.

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