Coincidentally, Entertainment Weekly ran a gigantic interview with Whedon, tying into the premiere of his Avengers spinoff TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Some growing-up anecdotes, the "bonkers" start of his TV career, how he thinks Wonder Woman should be adapted for the screen, the imperfections of The Avengers (and what he hopes to improve upon with The Avengers: Age of Ultron), plus more, because the interview's big. And the Twilight thing came up:
The Twilight thing, and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she’s completely passive or not really knowing what the hell is going on. And that’s incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what’s taken on the oeuvre of Buffy is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.
And one more quote, just because I like it and it sums up part of what Whedon and the other writers and producers hope to do with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
Anybody who’s ever seen one of my shows knows I love the ensembles; I love the peripheral characters. This is basically a TV series of “The Zeppo” [an episode of Buffy], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least.