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Joss Whedon [13]

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Born:June 23, 1964 (54)
Filmography Rating:7.56 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.64 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.18 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:73.22%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Toy Story [1995](31) => Writer
Alien Resurrection: Special Edition [1997](33) => Writer
Alien Resurrection [1997](33) => Writer
Alien Resurrection: Collector's Edition [1997](33) => Writer
Titan A.E. [2000](36) => Writer
Firefly [2002](38) => Director / Writer / Man at Funeral (uncredited)
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]
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Serenity [2005]
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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]
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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 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.
    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.