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Joss Whedon [20]


Born:June 23, 1964 (57)
Filmography Rating:7.37 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.64 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.48 / 5
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Toy Story [1995](31) => Writer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2 [1997](33) => Director / Writer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 [1997](33) => Director / Writer / News Caster (voice) (uncredited)
Alien Resurrection: Special Edition [1997](33) => Writer
Alien Resurrection [1997](33) => Writer
Alien Resurrection: Collector's Edition [1997](33) => Writer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3 [1998](34) => Director / Writer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4 [1999](35) => Director / Writer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5 [2000](36) => Director / Writer
Titan A.E. [2000](36) => Writer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6 [2001](37) => Director / Writer
Firefly [2002](38) => Director / Writer / Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7 [2002](38) => Writer / Director
Serenity [2005](41) => Director / Writer
The Office: Season 3 [2006](42) => Director
The Office: Season 4 [2007](43) => Director
Thor [2011](47) => Director - Post credit sequence
The Avengers [2012](48) => Director / Writer
Avengers: Age of Ultron [2015](51) => Director / Writer
Justice League [2017](53) => Writer

Trivia that mentions this person:
Alien Resurrection: Collector's Edition [1997]
  • Joss Whedon went through five different versions of the final battle with the "Newborn" creature, the first four versions of which all took place on Earth in such settings as a hospital maternity ward, a giant junkyard, a snowy forest and cliffside, and a desert.
    Alien Resurrection [1997]
  • Joss Whedon went through five different versions of the final battle with the "Newborn" creature, the first four versions of which all took place on Earth in such settings as a hospital maternity ward, a giant junkyard, a snowy forest and cliffside, and a desert.
    Alien Resurrection: Special Edition [1997]
  • Joss Whedon went through five different versions of the final battle with the "Newborn" creature, the first four versions of which all took place on Earth in such settings as a hospital maternity ward, a giant junkyard, a snowy forest and cliffside, and a desert.
    Captain America: The First Avenger [2011]
  • The film was originally meant to be a standalone film, but after Joss Whedon was hired to direct The Avengers he was given a copy of the film's script and made a few rewrites to tie it in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "I just got to make some character connections. The structure of the thing was really tight and I loved it, but there were a couple of opportunities to find his voice a little bit - and some of the other characters - and make the connections so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be. And progressing through the script to flesh it out a little bit."
    Firefly [2002]
  • The Alliance's full title is the "Anglo-Sino Alliance". Joss Whedon intended the Alliance to be the merger of the USA and China, the last of the world's superpowers. (This is why many characters on the show sometimes speak Chinese.) The Alliance flag, seen in the original pilot episode, is a blending of the US and Chinese flags.
  • Joss Whedon originally cast Rebecca Gayheart as Inara.
  • In the original conception of the show, Joss Whedon was only going to have five main characters on the ship. Throughout the development process, the character list got upped to nine.
    Serenity [2005]
  • According to the director commentary, Mal's line "Faster would be better" was ad-libbed by Nathan Fillion when Joss Whedon told him to "say something Mal would say."
  • In his commentary on the DVD, Joss Whedon made specific mention that Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau and Sean Maher all performed many of their own stunts. Summer Glau, in reality a trained dancer, used her dancing skills in River's two fights - for the second, the cameraman, who was also a dancer, moved through a gap around the combatants in order to achieve the dynamic camera angles which appear in the movie.
  • According to Joss Whedon in his commentary, the most difficult scene to get the sound right was the scene between Simon and River at the end, after Simon had been shot. Whedon says that the bond formed between Sean Maher and Summer Glau over the course of the shooting of [Firefly] was so strong, and Sean's acting so good, that Summer kept bursting into tears whenever they attempted to shoot the scene.
    X-Men: The Last Stand [2006]
  • Summer Glau auditioned for the role of Kitty Pryde. She looked to Joss Whedon, who gave her a part in [Firefly] and Serenity, for advice because she knew he was a big [X-Men] fan, unaware that he had written the {Astonishing X-Men} comic book for Marvel, featuring the storyline about the mutant cure. Her audition script turned out to be pages from issue 5 of Joss Whedon's {Astonishing X-Men} book.
    The Avengers [2012]
  • Originally Joss Whedon had not intended the film to include supporting characters from the heroes' individual films, reasoning "You need to separate the characters from their support systems in order to create the isolation you need for a team." However, he eventually decided to cast Stellan Skarsgård, Paul Bettany and Gwyneth Paltrow (Paltrow was cast at Robert Downey Jr.'s insistence).
  • Joss Whedon explained that two of the founding Avengers members Ant-Man and Wasp were cut from the script because the film had too many characters.
    Avengers: Age of Ultron [2015]
  • Joss Whedon has said that he wanted both Spider-Man and Captain Marvel to appear in the final sequence, but they were unable to due to timing issues.
  • James Spader was Joss Whedon's first and only choice for the role of Ultron, because of his "hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling while also being very human and humorous".
  • Joss Whedon cast Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch because he thought their powers would be cool to use in a film: "Their powers are very visually interesting... One of the problems I had on the first one was everybody basically had punchy powers... Quicksilver's got super speed; Scarlet Witch can weave spells and a little telekinesis, get inside your head. That's good stuff they can do that will help keep it fresh."
  • It took Joss Whedon a year to convince Aaron Taylor-Johnson to accept the role of Quicksilver. Johnson was concerned over the intensity of the Marvel contracts, the time constraints, and the fact that it was going to be such a large cast. Even after he accepted the role, he was still nervous, but was comforted after he learned that his friend and Godzilla co star Elizabeth Olsen would be playing his sister and would be his filming partner through most of the movie.
    The Office: Season 3 [2006]
  • Joss Whedon directed the episode {Business School} with a subplot involving Jim transforming into a vampire. Whedon also created [Buffy the Vampire Slayer]. His vamp mythology is borrowed heavily in this episode. He later went on to direct The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron; [?] John Kransinski was poised to be cast as Captain America before Chris Evans was chosen.
    The LEGO Movie [2014]
  • Cobie Smulders voices heroine Wonder Woman in a cameo role. Coincidentally, Smulders had been considered to play a live-action Wonder Woman for a movie written by Joss Whedon, who cast her as Agent Maria Hill of DC Comics' rival company Marvel in The Avengers. LEGO happens to have licensing rights to both comic companies.
    Wonder Woman [2017]
  • This film had been in development since 1996, when Ivan Reitman was hired to write and direct it. In January 2001, Silver Pictures approached [?] Todd Alcott to write a Wonder Woman script. He was replaced in August 2003 with Laeta Kalogridis. Later in March 2005, Joss Whedon was hired to not only write but also direct the film, but in February 2007, he left due to creative differences. On November 24, 2014, [?] Michelle MacLaren was confirmed as director, but she dropped out on March 13, 2015 due to creative differences.
    Justice League [2017]
  • Director Zack Snyder and his wife producer [?] Deborah Snyder stepped down from finishing the film, after the suicide of Zack Snyder's daughter in March 2017. They tried to remain on the film as a way to work through the difficulty, but decided after two months to step away from the project to spend time with their family. Joss Whedon, who had signed on for Batgirl, took over as director, managing additional scenes that need to be included in the final cut. Warner Brothers stated that Joss would direct and write in the same style as Zack so there wouldn't be any tonal shifts or obvious changes in style. However, Joss Whedon controversially fired Zack Snyder's composer Junkie XL, and replaced him with Danny Elfman.
  • Holt McCallany, who plays the burglar in the first scene with Batman, said the scene was written and shot by Joss Whedon as comedic, but Warner Bros. preferred to open the film with a more serious tone, and the scene was re-edited. When McCallany returned home to New York, he found a bottle of his favorite champagne at his door and a note from Whedon that said, 'To battles lost. Gratefully, Joss.' McCallany appreciated Whedon's gesture and had the letter framed.
  • Zack Snyder and Ray Fisher both stated that Cyborg was going to be the heart of this film. However, when Joss Whedon was hired for reshoots, most of Cyborg's scenes were cut.
  • As an April Fool's Day joke, production said Zack Snyder had left the project and that George Miller would be taken up the directing duties. The feedback was quite positive. However, when Joss Whedon replaced Snyder due to the death of Snyder's daughter, feedback was sincerely sympathetic.
    Avengers: Endgame [2019]
  • Captain America wielding Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, comes from the comics, where Steve Rogers has proven himself worthy by the enchantment cast on the hammer. This also marks the second film where Steve Rogers makes an attempt to wield Mjolnir. The first was in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), though in that film he was only able to move the hammer slightly off the table. That subtle movement was noticed by Thor. Director Joss Whedon hinted in an interview that Rogers had been able to lift the hammer the whole time, but didn't, so as to not hurt his friend Thor's feelings.
    Zack Snyder's Justice League [2021]
  • Both Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, who oversaw the 2017 theatrical release as writer and director of reshot material, attended college with Michael Bay. Whedon attended Wesleyan University the same time as Bay had, and Snyder attended the Art Center School of Design in California at the same time as Bay.
  • Victor Stone/Cyborg was originally described as the "heart of the movie" by Zack Snyder and [?] Deborah Snyder, but Joss Whedon controversially cut most, if not all, of Cyborg's storyline for the theatrical version. Victor's plot line is restored in this version.
  • According to Zack Snyder, this version contains no shots filmed by Joss Whedon from the theatrical version of Justice League.
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 [1997]
  • Joss Whedon had originally planned for viewers to never see Buffy's parents. However, he realized this could get complicated and therefore wrote in Buffy's mother Joyce, who would become an important character for the rest of the series.
  • Nightmares -> Willow has a "Nerf Herder" poster in her locker. The Buffy theme is by "Nerf Herder", and it was Alyson Hannigan, who plays Willow, that turned Joss Whedon onto using them for the theme.
  • Welcome to the Hellmouth -> Joss Whedon has said that originally he wanted to include Eric Balfour (Jesse) in the opening credits for this episode, to trick viewers into thinking that he is a regular character, only to shock them by having him killed. This idea was eventually deemed too time-consuming (having to develop alternative opening credits for use with just this one episode) and was dropped.
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2 [1997]
  • During Angel and Buffy's first lovemaking scene, Joss Whedon and sound editor [?] Cindy Rabideau provided the heavy breathing, because they were too embarrassed to ask Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz to do it.
  • Innocence -> The explosion of the rocket actually begins slightly before impacting the Judge. Joss Whedon'' commentary explains it as necessary because "We had to mask the rocket bouncing off of the statue."
  • Asked about his decision to turn Angel evil, Joss Whedon said that he feels it was necessary to keep the story fresh. Although the fan base wanted Buffy and Angel to be together romantically, Whedon said "What people want is not what they need."
  • Innocence -> This is Joss Whedon's favorite Buffy.
  • Spike was originally intended to appear in only a few times in the Second Season. However, his character was immediately embraced and loved by [Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)] fans, which resulted in Joss Whedon's decision to keep him around longer.
  • Joss Whedon originally intended for Collin, the Anointed One, to be the main villain of Season Two. This had to be abandoned because Andrew J. Ferchland's voice had begun to change, ruining his believability as a non-aging being. Thus, Collin was killed off and replaced by Spike.
  • School Hard -> Spike calls Angel his sire, an intentional misdirection to make fans believe that Angel was the vampire who sired him. When Spike uses sire he also mentions "Yoda", indicating that he thought of Angel as his mentor - the father-figure who taught him after he became a vampire. In interviews, Joss Whedon has stated that a "sire" can mean any vampire ancestor. So Spike can consider Drusilla, Angel, Darla, and the Master to all be his sires, even though he was sired by Dru.
  • Juliet Landau didn't have to audition for the part of Drusilla. Joss Whedon had been very taken by her performance in Ed Wood (1994) so she was offered the part within an hour of meeting with Whedon.
  • I Only Have Eyes for You -> Joss Whedon said in an interview with TV Guide that he got the idea for an [Angel (1999)] spin-off from the scenes where David Boreanaz (Angelus) is possessed by a female spirit.
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3 [1998]
  • Faith, Hope & Trick -> The vampire seen dancing with Faith uses somewhat dated dance moves, harkening back to [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the Hellmouth (1997)] in which Buffy picks a vampire out of a crowd based solely on his out-of-fashion clothes. Joss Whedon had originally wanted vampires to wear clothing from the era of their human lives, but felt that this would make them less frightening.
  • Joss Whedon's basis for creating the Slayer was the horror cliche of a beautiful girl being attacked by a monster in an alleyway but instead of her being a helpless victim as she appears, she would turn around and defeat it instead. In her first appearance, this is exactly what happens to Faith.
  • Lovers Walk -> This is Spike's only appearance in season three. It was his performance that convinced Joss Whedon to bring Spike back as a series regular in season four.
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4 [1999]
  • The Freshman -> The original storyline for the character of Sunday was that she was a former Slayer turned vampire. Joss Whedon also mentioned his regret of killing her off so quickly as he admited she made for an interesting character. By the time he realized it, it was too late.
  • The Freshman -> Xander misquoting the line "fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering" from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) was Joss Whedon's not-so-subtle criticism of the platitude.
  • The Freshman -> Starting with this, the series was filmed in 16x9 widescreen. This would be the case for the next three seasons. However, Joss Whedon never intended for it to be shown this way, so while the widescreen version is shown on Sky One in the United Kingdom, all American showings are in 4x3. DVD releases of the final four seasons have followed the same pattern, with European (Region 2) discs displaying in 16:9 widescreen format and North American (Region 1) discs not. Netflix has the widescreen versions of Seasons 4-7.
  • Wild at Heart -> This marks the last time Seth Green appears in the opening credits. Joss Whedon had originally envisioned the love triangle between Oz, Veruca and Willow to continue for most of Season Four. However, Green abruptly left the show to pursue a movie career, explaining that "the character was always better served in a recurring capacity and Joss and I both felt it was better to revert to that status." Nevertheless, Green would only return twice, in ([Buffy the Vampire Slayer: New Moon Rising (2000)] and [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Restless (2000)] both in Season Four). Whedon says losing Green so suddenly was a "heartbreaker... and so Willow got her heart broken. I took what we were feeling and put it on-screen, so everybody would be on the same page."
  • Joss Whedon was glad that James Marsters agreed to join the show full time because he felt that Charisma Carpenter having moved to [Angel (1999)], the show lacked a character who was openly rude to the other characters. He described it as "having that awkward neighbour that is like "Hi can I borrow a cup of sugar and insult you?"
  • Hush -> Joss Whedon claimed he wrote this as a challenge to himself. Critics had hailed him for his deft use of banter and witty wordplay, so he decided to see if he was a good enough writer to craft a script which was largely lacking any dialog at all.
  • Hush -> The cast found the Gentlemen actors in make-up and costume to be terrifying in broad daylight, and Joss Whedon was so impressed with the physical movements of The Gentlemen that he admitted on the DVD commentary that his mocking of mimes in general "went down about 40%" after the episode was filmed.
  • Hush -> The Gentlemen were inspired by a nightmare Joss Whedon had as a child, specifically one in which he was in bed and approached by a floating monster.
  • Hush -> Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon and Joss Whedon ranked this among their favourite episodes.
  • This Year's Girl -> Joss Whedon reportedly planned plot lines months, or years in advance. In the opening dialogue between Faith and Buffy, Faith mentions that Buffy has to get ready for "little sis" to arrive, foreshadowing the arrival of the character of Dawn in [Season 5].
  • Restless -> The desert in Buffy's dream is the same desert that appears in [Firefly: War Stories (2002)], also created by Joss Whedon.
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5 [2000]
  • Buffy vs. Dracula -> The vampire who was going to show Buffy a darker side of herself was originally envisioned as "just another vampire who rode a horse and was all cool", says writer Marti Noxon. "I kept saying, 'Like Dracula'" - until Joss Whedon said, "Why not Dracula? He's public domain."
  • Fool for Love -> Drusilla siring Spike apparently contradicts [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: School Hard (1997)], when Spike calls Angel his sire, but Joss Whedon later verified that any vampire in a line can be referred to as a sire. Darla sired Angel, who sired Drusilla, who sired Spike - forming a "familial" line.
  • Joss Whedon has confirmed that April (played by Shonda Farr ) the robot was written (along with "the creation of Warren the villain [and] the Buffybot") with Britney Spears in mind as he considered her performances 'robotic'. However she turned it down, according to David Fury, because she wanted to play a character who hung out with the Scooby Gang rather than a 'sex slave robot'. Interestingly, Farr and Spears later appeared in Crossroads (2002) together.
  • I Was Made to Love You -> The final scene (where Buffy finds Joyce dead, which is also the teaser of the following episode) was written by Joss Whedon. It does not appear in the shooting script for the episode, which ends with Spike asking Warren to make him a robot of Buffy.
  • The Body -> This episode features only diegetic sound; Joss Whedon explained that music comforts the audience, and he wanted this episode to be touching and horrifying at the same time.
  • The Body -> According to Joss Whedon's DVD commentary, the episode begins with the flashback of the gang's Christmas dinner because he didn't want the cast and crew credits to appear over the main scene of Buffy finding her mom.
  • The Body -> Joss Whedon wanted the scenes to be long which is why there are four scenes (other than the Christmas scene). Whedon has stated that he wanted to capture how time feels stuck when grief strikes. There is no music, either, because Whedon said that music is a comfort to the audience.
  • The Body -> Joss Whedon has said that throughout her time as Joyce's body during the filming of this episode, Kristine Sutherland only blinked on-camera once, which was taken out using CGI.
  • The Body -> Joss Whedon's rejection of the "very special episode" format impelled him to address the physicality of Willow and Tara's relationship. Before this episode, they had held hands and danced on screen, but they had not kissed. A genre of television specials dealing with female homosexuality developed as the "lesbian kiss episode" in the 1990s, where a female character kissed another female but no relationship is further explored. Whedon set out to acknowledge Willow's and Tara's affection without making it the primary focus of the show. For attempting this, he received resistance from the airing network, the WB. Whedon informed them that the kiss between Willow and Tara was "not negotiable". According to Whedon, the conversation about the kiss was approached by the network executives, who were concerned with the number of gay relationships on the network. Whedon countered that the kiss was "true to character" and said he would quit the show if the network forbade it. It was the only time during the series he threatened to do so.
  • The Body -> Joss Whedon stated on the DVD commentary how surprised he was at the response from viewers who wrote to say that the episode allowed them to accept the death of a close family member, even if they had not acknowledged it for months or years.
  • The Body -> Joss Whedon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon and Tom Lenk all cited this among their favourite episodes.
  • The Body -> The blue sweater that Willow wants to wear to the morgue but cannot find is the same sweater that Tara is wearing when she is killed in season six. Fans have joked that "at least Joss Whedon made sure somebody wore it to the morgue."
  • Intervention -> The Buffybot pronounces "Giles" with a hard g (as in "guy-els"). Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon have said on several occasions that they get annoyed with "so-called fans of the show" when they pronounce "Giles" in this way. This pronunciation is present as well in some official international dubbing for the series.
  • The Gift -> As mentioned by Joss Whedon in the DVD commentaries for both this episode and [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen (2003)], this episode was originally written to serve as the series finale, and several ideas that were used in the real finale were originally written for this episode.
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6 [2001]
  • Once More, with Feeling -> Running eight minutes longer than any in the series, the episode was also the most technical and complex. Joss Whedon used a widescreen letterbox format for filming (the only episode in the series to get this treatment), different lighting to bring out the sets more vibrantly, and long takes for shooting-including a complicated shot with a full conversation, a song, and two choreographed dances that took 21 attempts to get right. These were designed to give viewers all the clues they needed to establish all the nuances of the relationships between characters.
  • Once More, with Feeling -> Preparing for the episode was physically difficult for some of the cast members, most of whom had little experience singing and dancing. They spent three months in voice training. Two choreographers worked with Joss Whedon and the cast on dance sequences. Michelle Trachtenberg, who is trained in ballet, requested a dance sequence in lieu of a significant singing part and Alyson Hannigan, according to Whedon, begged him not to give her many lines. Sarah Michelle Gellar told the BBC that "It took something like 19 hours of singing and 17 hours of dancing in between shooting four other episodes" and she was so anxious about singing that she "hated every moment of it". When Whedon suggested using a voice double for her, however, she said, "I basically started to cry and said, 'You mean someone else is going to do my big emotional turning point for the season?' In the end, it was an incredible experience and I'm glad I did it. And I never want to do it again."
  • Once More, with Feeling -> Joss Whedon says his biggest surprise in terms of musical ability was Emma Caulfield Ford, while he knew that James Marsters, Amber Benson and Anthony Head are very skilled singers by their former performances.
  • Once More, with Feeling -> Joss Whedon and Nicholas Brendon named this among their favourite episodes.
  • Once More, with Feeling -> In the DVD commentary Joss Whedon stated that he gave Emma Caulfield Ford the rock song because she had a habit of randomly screaming rock songs in his face.
  • Once More, with Feeling -> On the DVD commentary for this episode, Joss Whedon says that many of the songs he wrote for this musical were conscious references to different musical theater styles and composers. For instance, Whedon characterizes {"Going Through The Motions"} as an "I want" song in the tradition of the opening numbers sung by heroines of Ashman-Menken Disney musicals such as {"Part of Your World"} from The Little Mermaid (1989) and {"Belle"} from Beauty and the Beast (1991) (albeit with what he calls a Stephen Schwartz ending). He says that {"I'll Never Tell"} is his 1930s "Astaire/Rodgers" number, and he likens {"Walk Through The Fire"} to the four-part {"Tonight Quintet"} that introduces the climactic moments of the end of the first act of "West Side Story."
  • Once More, with Feeling -> Joss Whedon admitted on the DVD commentary that {"Under Your Spell"} is "pornography" and "probably the dirtiest lyric I've ever written, but also very, very beautiful".
  • Once More, with Feeling -> Joss Whedon spent six months writing the music. When he returned after the end of the fifth season, he presented Davies with a script and CD, complete with notated and orchestrated music, which [?] Gareth Davies found "mind-boggling". The actors were initially bewildered; in 2012, James Marsters commented that "it's obvious now that they were good songs but the thing was Joss and his wife Kai, they don't sing very well. And they don't play piano very well. The songs sounded really cheesy and horrible... We were saying, 'Joss, you're ruining our careers.'"
  • Once More, with Feeling -> Joss Whedon is a fan of Stephen Sondheim and used him as the inspiration for much of the music, particularly with the episode's ambiguous ending.
  • Once More, with Feeling -> Joss Whedon said that {"I'll Never Tell"} was the most difficult song to write, but the most fun to shoot.
  • Doublemeat Palace -> Joss Whedon revealed that the portrayal of the fast food industry with the Doublemeat Palace caused sponsors to threaten to pull support: "The only thing that we've ever actually been stopped or asked to stop doing was the fast food run. When Buffy worked at the fast food joint it made the advertisers very twitchy. So apparently the most controversial thing we ever had on Buffy was a hamburger and chicken sandwich."
  • From 2002 to 2009 Amber Benson (Tara) and Adam Busch (Warren) were in a relationship and lived together in real life. In the series, ironically, it was Warren who murdered Tara. Joss Whedon told Busch, "In this episode, you're gonna kill your girlfriend. To which Busch replied, "Warren gets a girlfriend?" Whedon replied, "No, your REAL girlfriend".
  • Tara's death provoked a strong reaction from fans, many of whom claimed that the show was homophobic in killing Tara (who spent much of the episode naked in bed with Willow), and that her death contributed to the stereotype of homosexual relationships on television ending badly, usually with the death or turn to evil of one of the partners. Joss Whedon and Amber Benson both deny that Tara's death was ill-intentioned, and insist that it was only meant to further Willow's character.
  • Villains -> While everyone believed Warren was dead, he was kept alive by Amy Madison in the comics. This has led many to question The First taking on Warren's form to which Joss Whedon himself has said he may have made a mistake.
  • Grave -> In an [?] Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Panel Discussion regarding [Season Six] (viewable as an extra on the [Season Six] DVDs), show creator Joss Whedon makes it clear that during his trials in Africa, Spike was trying to regain his soul (not to remove his chip) all along. The dialogue that many audience members took to mean that Spike's goal was chip removal was deliberately misleading so his re-ensouling would come as a surprise twist.
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7 [2002]
  • Lessons -> In season 6's DVD extras, the cast appeared on Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Panel Discussion. Here Michelle Trachtenberg said that she'd been begging Joss Whedon to let her character wear black, seeing as she'd never been allowed to in order to keep her looking youthful and innocent. Dawn is seen wearing almost all black here on her first day of school.
  • Help -> Willow visits Tara's grave for the first time, and she leaves a small handful of stones on top of the gravestone. There is a Jewish tradition (Willow is Jewish) that one leaves a small stone or two on the gravestone during every visit to a loved one's grave. This tradition is also visible at the end of another Joss Whedon project, Serenity (2005), in which such stones are visible on the graves at the end of the film.
  • Selfless -> In the DVD audio-commentary, writer Drew Goddard said he asked Joss Whedon to write a song for Emma Caulfield Ford. Whedon refused, arguing he was too busy (he was working on [Firefly (2002)] and [Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)] at the same time). The day after, Whedon showed up with the song, saying he could not stop thinking about it.
  • Conversations with Dead People -> Joss Whedon named this as one of his ten favourite episodes.
  • The Killer in Me -> Anthony Head was not allowed to touch anything while onscreen for several shows prior to this one, in order to set up the suspicion that Giles might actually be The First. According to the DVD commentary, this was apparently quite a pain for all involved. When asked why he set up this misdirection, Joss Whedon says it was "to make people wonder. Just to have a little fun in the sense of pulling a mystery... an exercise, something to spice things up." Whedon wanted to play off the "creepy" idea that "we don't know where the bad guy is, we don't know where he's coming from. Our trusted mentor could be the bad guy."
  • Chosen -> Joss Whedon acknowledges that the magic unleashed in this episode is "somewhat convenient," but as a writer, it was more important for him to get to the show's message of empowerment by showing what Willow's magic and Buffy's status as the Slayer means to each of them. He also admits that the Turok-Hans in this episode are far easier to kill than in previous episodes (in which Anya noted their tough breastbones make staking them extremely difficult) because "Again, I was more interested in the showing the empowerment than I was in the continuity."
  • While speaking at the Wizard World Chicago Convention in August, 2004, Joss Whedon revealed that he had planned to bring the character of Tara back from the dead at the end of [Season 7]. It would have centered around Buffy being granted one "life-altering" wish. Buffy would have struggled trying to decide what she wanted to do with the wish (including, possibly, restoring Angel's humanity). It would have ended with Buffy telling Willow that she'd just gotten a great new pair of shoes, and when Willow asked her if she used up her wish on new shoes, Buffy would have said, "No, silly!" and stepped aside to reveal Tara. This plan was abandoned when Amber Benson, who played Tara, was unavailable for filming. However, some fans doubt how true this statement is, feeling that Joss wanted to simply please the fans.
  • Chosen -> Faith's line, "Dude, I've got mad skills" came from a conversation between Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku. She told him she once served ice cream at a Dairy Queen and joked to him, "Dude, I've got mad skills".
  • Robin Wood becomes the only known principal to survive his tenure at Sunnydale High School, as opposed to Flutie's death in [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Pack (1997)] and Snyder's in [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Graduation Day: Part 2 (1999)]. Joss Whedon kept his fate ambiguous because he couldn't decide whether to kill him off or not.
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  • Joss Whedon supplies the voice of the Mutant Enemy mascot which says "Grrr...Arrgh" heard at the end of almost every episode.
  • The title theme was chosen after Alyson Hannigan made Joss Whedon listen to it.
  • Joss Whedon based the character of Cordelia Chase on a girl with whom his wife attended high school, and Xander Harris on himself. According to Nicholas Brendon, this is why Xander "gets all the good lines".
  • Series creator Joss Whedon wanted to do a musical episode as early as the [first season], but the network wouldn't allow him to. When the show switched networks after the fifth season, he was finally able to get his wish, resulting in the episode [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001)].
  • Ryan Reynolds was originally offered the role of Xander. He passed on it because of his own awful high school experiences. "I love that show and I loved Joss Whedon," Reynolds told ['The Toronto Star'] in 2008. "But my biggest concern was that I didn't want to play a guy in high school." (Quoted in: Dibdin, Emma. "27 things you never knew about Buffy the Vampire Slayer," published in 'Digital Spy' Online, August 18 2014.)
  • Although Joss Whedon had intended to end the series after [season seven], UPN were willing to renew the series for an eighth year. But Sarah Michelle Gellar said she would not return for a new season as did Whedon.
  • While Sarah Michelle Gellar is a big supporter of the Buffy and Angel relationship, Joss Whedon has revealed that he is a Buffy and Spike shipper.
  • The series is not based on the feature film Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), but Joss Whedon's original screenplay, which had been heavily re-written to be more comedic. The Buffy comic book series adapted the screenplay, bringing the events of the movie in-line with the television show's continuity.
  • [?] Laura Vandervoort is a huge fan of this series, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) in her youth. She wrote a letter to Joss Whedon as a kid, which Whedon remembered, when she auditioned for a role for him years later.
  • Joss Whedon worked on the short-lived [Firefly (2002)] between this show's sixth and seventh seasons.
  • Angel was supposed to stay dead after the season finale of the second season, but the WB network came to Joss Whedon with the desire for a spin-off series, so Angel was brought back during [the third season] to set up his spin-off series [Angel (1999)].
  • Joss Whedon toyed with the idea of making Xander (Nicholas Brendon) gay instead of Willow (Alyson Hannigan).
  • According to Joss Whedon, Clare Kramer and Charlie Weber didn't know from the beginning the truth about the Glory and Ben link. They learned it when it was necessary for them to know.