Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Known For: Writing · Birthday: 1964-06-23 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

26 Movies · 21 TV shows

Also Known As: Joseph Hill Whedon

Biography

Joseph Hill Whedon (; born June 23, 1964) is an American film director, producer, writer, and composer. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions, he co-founded Bellwether Pictures, and is best known as the creator of several television series. These include Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002), Dollhouse (2009–2010), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020). He also produces, directs, and has written several films.Whedon co-wrote for the Pixar animated film Toy Story (1995) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay), wrote and directed the Firefly film continuation Serenity (2005), co-wrote and directed the Internet miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008), and co-wrote and produced the horror comedy film The Cabin in the Woods (2012). He wrote and directed the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films The Avengers (2012) and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and also co-wrote the script for the DC Extended Universe superhero film Justice League (2017). He also served as director for Justice League on re-shoots, replacing Zack Snyder.

Personal Life

In 1995, Whedon married Kai Cole, an architect, producer and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. They have two children together. Whedon and Cole separated in 2012 and divorced in 2016. In 2017, his ex-wife claimed that Whedon had repeatedly been unfaithful to her and that he "does not practice what he preaches" in regard to feminism.In 2013, Whedon claimed that he suffers from workaholism. This arose during the time that followed the completion of Much Ado About Nothing, which was made in the span of a two-week vacation from The Avengers, and after making the pilot for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. amidst the pre-production for Avengers: Age of Ultron. "It is actually a problem. Sometimes it's adorable ... and sometimes it's not ... Not to get all dark and weird, but it is something I need to address."

Early Life

Born in New York City as Joseph1 Hill Whedon, and also being a third-generation TV writer, he is a son of Tom Whedon, a screenwriter for Alice in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s, and a grandson of John Whedon, who worked on The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s and The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, as well as writing for radio shows like The Great Gildersleeve. His mother, Ann Lee (née Jeffries) Stearns, originally from Kentucky, was a teacher at Riverdale Country School as Lee Whedon, and an aspiring novelist. His parents both acted, and appeared in a play together at the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club. Whedon is the younger sibling of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and the older sibling of writers Jed and Zack Whedon. At a young age, he showed great interest in British television series shows like Masterpiece and Monty Python.Whedon attended Riverdale Country School in New York City; his mother taught history at the school. Next he spent three years at Winchester College in England, where, taking note of omnipresent bullying, he concluded, "it was clear to me from the start that I must take an active role in my survival". Whedon graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2013. There, he also studied under renowned academic Richard Slotkin. After leaving Wesleyan, Whedon came up with the first incarnation of Buffy Summers, "Rhonda, the Immortal Waitress".

Movies & TV shows

2021.

3 TV shows
TV
WandaVision

WandaVision

7.72
2021
Wanda Maximoff and the Vision, two super-powered beings living ideal suburban lives, suspect that everything is not as it appears.
TV
Marvel Studios: Assembled

Marvel Studios: Assembled

1
2021
The cast and crew of shows and movies will be followed.
TV
The Nevers

The Nevers

2021
A group of women are trying to change the world.

2017.

1 Movie
Justice League

Justice League

6.31
2017
Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone t...

2016.

1 TV show
TV
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot

7
2016
Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez has the ability to move quickly. The personal mission she's desperate to fulfill, one that will test her abilities and include tense encounters with S.H.I.E.L.D, is in conflict...

2015.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Con Man

Con Man

5.3
2015
The life of the co-star of a canceled sci-fi series who went on to become a cult favorite is the subject of Con Man. Jack Moore starred as the series Captain and went on to become a major celebrity, w...
Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

6.32
2015
When Tony Stark tries to restart a program that goes awry, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are put to the ultimate test. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from implementi...

2014.

4 Movies
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

2014
The documentary film "Showrunners" is the first ever feature length film to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. The people responsib...
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe

Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe

2014
Interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from all of the Marvel films, the One-Shots and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." are included in a look at the story behind the universe.
In Your Eyes

In Your Eyes

8
2014
Two souls from different corners of the United States form a telepathy bond that allows them to see, hear and feel each other's experiences.
Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!

Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!

2014
In celebration of the publisher's 75th anniversary, the hour-long special will take a detailed look at the company's journey from a small comics publisher to a multi-media powerhouse. The host for the...

2013.

1 TV show
TV
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

6.33
2013
The S.H.I.E.L.D has an agent named Phil Coulson. To protect the ordinary from the extraordinary, a team of agents is put together to investigate the new, strange and unknown around the globe.

2012.

5 Movies
The Avengers

The Avengers

6.48
2012
When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull t...
The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

6.33
2012
Five college friends spend the weekend at a cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. The cabin is outdoors.
The Avengers: A Visual Journey

The Avengers: A Visual Journey

2012
Joss Whedon and others in interviews discussing the aims for this new franchise.
Browncoats Unite: Firefly 10th Anniversary Special

Browncoats Unite: Firefly 10th Anniversary Special

2012
The complete oral history on the franchise that continues to explode in popularity despite meeting its end a decade ago will be provided for the first time by the Science Channel. Secrets from the set...
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

2
2012
A modern version of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

2011.

2 Movies
Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts

Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts

2011
Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts is a feature-length documentary that takes an in depth look at the life, career and mind of the British comic book writer Warren Ellis. The film combines extensive interv...
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

2011
San Diego Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention, and the fans who attend every year are the subject of a behind-the-scenes look.

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted

2010
When a "cure" for Mutants is discovered, the team of superheros find themselves in a lot of trouble.
TV
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic

2010
Faith pretended to be a viscount's daughter and was attacked by the security team at Lady Genevieve's Gala. Willow is called upon to upgrade the castle's defense system after she offered to help Dawn ...

2009.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Glee

Glee

6.58
2009
In this musical comedy, optimistic high school teacher Will Schuester tries to refuel his own passion while reinventing the high school's glee club and challenging a group of outcasts to realize their...
This American Life - Return to the Scene of the Crime

This American Life - Return to the Scene of the Crime

2009
In this cinematic masterpiece of cinema Ira Glass sits behind some radio gear and speaks into a microphone, to tell the stories of criminals, and the crime scenes they returned to, after having commit...
TV
Dollhouse

Dollhouse

5.86
2009
A member of an underground group of individuals who have been wiped clean of their identities so they can be imprinted with any number of different identities. The "Actives" are hired by the wealthy, ...

2008.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Commentary! The Musical

Commentary! The Musical

2008
The cast and crew are working on a project. The "most uncommon" musical commentary track for the show was performed by the Horrible's Sing-along Blog in 2008, acting as exaggerated versions of themsel...
TV
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

2008
The aspiring super-villain is a doctor. Horrible wants to join the Evil League of Evil and win the girl of his dreams, but he is stopped at every turn by his nemesis, Captain Hammer.

2007.

2 Movies
Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed

Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed

2007
Film-makers and academics discuss the impact of films on society.
The making of 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

The making of 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

2007
The making of a movie. Horrible's Sing-

2006.

1 Movie
Done the Impossible

Done the Impossible

2006
A documentary about Firefly's birth, death and rebirth from the perspective of both the fans and the cast and crew of both productions.

2005.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Office

The Office

6.41
2005
The lives of office employees in the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company are depicted in this picture.
Serenity

Serenity

5.47
2005
When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will dest...

2004.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series

2004
In this un-aired pilot for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series that was never picked up by a network, Buffy is attacked by a vampire in an alley. The followers of a being named Morgala are planning an...
TV
TV Revolution

TV Revolution

2004
"TV Revolution" blends history with the portrayal of sex, violence, minorities, women and homosexuality on television to bring about some of the greatest and most controversial moments of the small sc...
TV
Best Week Ever

Best Week Ever

2004
Best Week Ever is a weekly television program on the United States cable/satellite network VH1. It started airing in 2004 and was put on hiatus in the summer of 2009. In January 2010, it was announced...
TV
Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

5.81
2004
In the fictional town of Neptune, California, a student named Veronica Mars progresses from high school to college while working as a private investigator under the guidance of her detective father.

2002.

1 TV show
TV
Firefly

Firefly

5.54
2002
After the arrival of humans in a new star system, follow the adventures of the crew of the "Firefly-class" spaceship. The characters are played by the cast.

2001.

1 Movie
Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

6.96
2001
The world's most qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea. W...

2000.

1 Movie
Titan A.E.

Titan A.E.

6.13
2000
A young man finds out that he holds the key to restoring hope and ensuring survival for the human race, while an alien species called the Drej are bent on mankind's destruction.

1999.

2 TV shows
TV
Rove

Rove

1999
Rove, formerly Rove Live, was an Australian television variety show which premiered on the Nine Network on 22 September 1999, before moving to Network Ten which aired the program from 2000 until Novem...
TV
Angel

Angel

6.13
1999
The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and helps people with supernatural-related problems while trying to find his own redemption. There is a spin-off from Buffy the Vampire Slay...

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6.48
1997
Every generation has a girl. To stop the spread of their evil and swell of their number, she alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampire, demons, and the forces of darkness. She is a ...
Alien Resurrection

Alien Resurrection

6.05
1997
Two hundred years have passed since then. A group of scientists cloned Ripley. The new Ripley and the new aliens are both full of surprises. Ripley has to work with a group of people to stop the creat...

1995.

1 Movie
Toy Story

Toy Story

6.28
1995
Buzz Lightyear comes onto the scene when Andy's toys are in his room. Woody does not want to lose his place in Andy's heart. When Buzz and Woody are separated from their owners, they learn to put thei...

1992.

1 Movie
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

3.5
1992
Buffy is a cheerleader. Everything changes when a strange man tells her she's been chosen to kill Vampires.

1990.

1 TV show
TV
Parenthood

Parenthood

2
1990
The show is based on a film. The series was executive produced by Ron Howard.

1988.

1 TV show
TV
Roseanne

Roseanne

5.63
1988
In the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois, a working-class family struggles to make ends meet.

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
TV
Buffy the Animated Series

Buffy the Animated Series

The Buffy the Animated Series concept was inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was greenlit by 20th Century Fox in 2002 but never aired because no network was willing to buy the series. During Buf...
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