Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born 23.6.1964)
Joss Whedon is an American film maker receiving credits in screenwriting, directing, producing, composing and acting as well as being a comic book author and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. Whedon is best known for being the creator and show runner for cult and critically recognised, Emmy nominated television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as his recent work on the Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Joss Whedon: Childhood
Joss Whedon was born into a screenwriting family and has been described as the first "third-generation TV writer" as he is the son of Tom Whedon, a screenwriter for the Electric Company (1970's) and The Golden Girls (1980's), and grandson of John Whedon, writer of the Donna Reed Show (1950's). Joss' mother was an unpublished novelist who taught History at Riverdale Country School in New York where Joss grew up. Joss is the younger brother of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and older brother of writers Jed and Zack Whedon who have collaborated with Joss in some of his latter work.
Joss spent 2 years at Winchester College, England before graduating from Wesleyan University in 1987 and has been stated to have shown a great interest in acting and writing from an early age.
Joss Whedon: Career
Whedon began his career in the film industry via following his father and grandfather in television writing. In 1989 Whedon was acknowledged with a 4 episode writing credit in the Golden Globe winning Roseanne, created by Matt Williams and a 3 episode writing credit in Parenthood in 1990.
During 1992 Whedon collaborated with Director, Fran Rubel Kuzui and released Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a feature film about a teenage girl who learns she is destined to battle vampires. The film received a mixed response and didn't win any major awards.
In 1996 Whedon (along with six other writers, including Andrew Stanton) was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the screenplay of Toy Story, starring Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks and Golden Globe winner Tim Allen. The award went to Christopher McQuarrie for The Usual Suspects.
In 1997 Whedon revived the concept of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) which ultimately became the Golden Globe nominated television series by the same name. Between 1997 and 2003 the show featured seven series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers and achieved critical and public success. The series also resulted in a spin-off show featuring Angel (originally seen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) which ran between 1992 and 2004 (often being shown directly after Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The television show spanned 111 episodes over 5 series and was self titled after lead character 'Angel' played by David Boreanaz.
Whedon continued to create and write during the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and in 2002, Joss Whedon's Firefly, starring Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres was aired. The show won a Primetime Emmy in 2004 and despite only running for one series due to cancellation and episodes being re-ordered and not shown, the television show lead to the release of Serenity, a 119 minute feature film based on the television series, starring the same cast. The film received critical praise including a UK Empire award nomination for Best Newcomer.
Whedon continued to write, produce and direct small television films and series including a 2 episode directing credit in The US Office before writing box office hit The Cabin in the Woods released in 2011. The film took a unique approach on previous horror films including multiple intertextual references which some reviews claimed were too clever for its own good. The film starred Chris Hemsworth who Whedon continued to work with on The Avengers in 2012.
The Avengers became the 3rd highest grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avatar and Titanic (both directing by James Cameron, said to be one of Whedon's inspirations). The film featured multiple superheroes brought together by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D to fight a threatening, alien force. The Avengers was nominated for an Academy Award and starred, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston.
Whedon was considered appropriate for the role due to his involvement and role in previous comic books. Whedon is the author of Dark Horse Comics, Fray and is involved with the Buffy comics (along with many other cast and crew members). Whedon has also wrote material on Serenity, Astonishing X Men and issue #26 of Superman/Batman.
Whedon is set to write and direct Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a new television show set in the same world as the Avengers, as well as the Avengers 2 due for release in 2015.
Joss Whedon: Personal Life
Whedon has two children, Arden Cole and Squire Cole with producer and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures, Kai Cole.
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Joss Whedon may have introduced Thanos to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn't mean the filmmaker had plans for the character.
The first 'Avengers' movie, directed by Joss Whedon, may have seen the filmmaker introduce Thanos as a very real threat in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn't mean there were solid plans for the villain past his post-credits scene debut. Despite Thanos now having a fully-fledged role in the MCU thanks to Anthony and Joe Russo, who co-directed 'Avengers: Infinity War', Whedon let the pair do what they like with the Big Bad rather than giving them a set of instructions.
Joss Whedon introduced Thanos, but had no plans for him
Josh Brolin is the man to step into the role of Thanos, and he's done an incredible job of turning the villain into somebody the audience can truly believe in. The MCU has in the past had a huge problem when it comes to its antagonists and their motives, but after 'Black Panther' introduced Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), and now with Thanos
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Monica Breen is working with Joss Whedon on a script for the show, which will employ a black female lead to take on the titular role of Buffy.
There may not be a network attached just yet, but we imagine there will be a lot of behind-the-scenes scrambling to secure the rights to the now-confirmed 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' reboot. 20th Century Fox Television are returning to produce the series following the original - created by Joss Whedon - with Whedon also working on the show as an executive producer.
Joss Whedon is returning to the 'Buffy' franchise
Monica Breen will be collaborating with Whedon once more following their work on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', with Breen penning the script for the new series and set to slip into the role of showrunner. Gail Berman, Joe Earley and Fran Kazui will all also serve as executive producers, with Kaz Kazui also stepping into an EP role following their work as a producer on Whedon's original 'Buffy' film.
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The director has stepped down from DC's upcoming 'Batgirl' project.
Joss Whedon has confirmed that he has stepped down as director of the upcoming DC movie Batgirl, confessing that he “really didn’t have a story”.
The 53 year old director, famed for helming Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters like The Avengers, had hopped on board the DC universe as far back as last March when his involvement with Batgirl was first announced.
11 months later, however, the creator of cult Nineties favourite ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ is said to have given up on the project and bowed out, and that he “could not crack the code of what a Batgirl movie should be.”
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Whedon's ex-wife, Kai Cole, published an excoriating letter via The Wrap at the weekend accusing the director of having multiple affairs during the course of their marriage.
The ex-wife of screenwriter and director Joss Whedon has published a scathing essay accusing him of being a “hypocrite preaching feminist values”.
In an article published on Sunday (August 20th) for The Wrap, Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole, a producer and actress herself, accused the director of having both physical and emotional affairs with other women during their 17-year marriage, including on the set of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ back in the Nineties.
“Fifteen years later, when he was done with our marriage and finally ready to tell the truth, he wrote me, ‘When I was running ‘Buffy,’ I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women. It felt like I had a disease, like something from a Greek myth. Suddenly I am a powerful producer and the world is laid out at my feet and I can’t touch it’,” Cole wrote. “But he did touch it.”
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Joss Whedon wrote the dialogue in 'Speed' - though was never credited.
Twenty years since the release of the classic thriller Speed starring Keanu Reeves, the Avengers director Joss Whedon has spoken for the first time about writing the majority of the dialogue for the movie, despite not receiving a writing credit.
Joss Whedon wrote the dialogue in Speed, you know.
The movie, which made over $300 million at the box-office, was officially written by Graham Yost, the screenwriter who has since worked on Band of Brothers and Justified - though he's regularly cited Whedon's influence on the script.
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The 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' director says he quit to regain his creative spark, not because of feminist criticism.
Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon has broken his silence over his departure from Twitter earlier this week. In a telephone interview with BuzzFeed News on Tuesday, he described the rumour that he deleted his account because of attacks from feminists as “horse****”.
“Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter,” the director said. That’s something I’m used to. Every breed of feminism is attacking every other breed, and every subsection of liberalism is always busy attacking another subsection of liberalism, because god forbid they should all band together and actually fight for the cause.”
Joss Whedon opened up about why he left Twitter this week
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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' director has quit Twitter.
Joss Whedon, the director of the box-office smash Avengers: Age of Ultron, has quit Twitter and deleted his account after facing criticism of his depiction of female characters in the movie.
Joss Whedon faced criticism over his portrayal of Scarlett Johansson's character in Age of Ultron
In a final message to fans, Whedon wrote: "Thank you to all the people who've been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here."
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Big-budget sequel 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is outpacing its predecessor in cinemas on its first full day of release.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that the latest Avengers film is putting rather a lot of bums on seats, but what's more impressive is the fact that the mega-budget film has just scored the second biggest opening day ever in North America.
Joss Whedon has outdone himself with Avengers: Age of Ultron
With an estimated first-day haul of $84.5million, according to Box Office Mojo, Joss Whedon's blockbuster film has charted just behind the all-time number one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which took more than $91million over the same period of time when it was released on July 15, 2011.
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After working for years on two 'Avengers' films and the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joss Whedon is worn out.
Now that he has unleashed his second 'Avengers' movie to global box office domination, Joss Whedon has been able to let his guard down a bit about how exhausting it is to make a movie on this kind of scale. He has hinted that he's done with Marvel for now, and indeed the Russo Brothers have signed on to direct the next two 'Avengers' movies.
The Hulkbuster Armor from 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Whedon famously said that 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is "not perfect", and he has gone on to explain the stress involved in the project. "I think I spent too long fighting about this, that and the other in the cut, and the enormous struggles on post-production for a movie like this."
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Following the noticeable lack of strong female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 'Age of Ultron' addresses the problem. Twice.
One of the complaints about the first 'Avengers' movie was the lack of character development for the women, so writer-director Joss Whedon changed this in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Scarlett Johansson's character Natasha (aka Black Widow) has the most engaging story arc this time. "It's nice to have substantial material," says Johansson. "The character is finally ready to make active choices in her life, and it's not great timing!"
Continue reading: 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Puts Women In The Frame
Joss Whedon - 'Thor: The Dark World' world premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 22nd October 2013
Date of birth
23rd June, 1964
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