It was a brand that gave him access to women with less power than him, some of whom were his employees. So... What Does That Mean? That's a very important and necessary thing to learn. Following their divorce in 2016, Whedon's ex-wife Kai Cole (who collaborated with him on a number of his projects) wrote an essay accusing him of being a "hypocrite preaching feminist ideals."  His use of self-aware dialogue to humanize characters, which relies heavily on dry humor and subtext, treating clichés subversively, using misogyny to define the trait of a villain, and the recurring theme of self-sacrifice led by subverting moral icons have been defining to his style of storytelling. In 1995, Whedon married Kai Cole, an architect, producer and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. , In July 2012, at the San Diego Comic-Con International, in response to one woman who noted the anti-corporate themes in many of his films, and asked him to give his economic philosophy in 30 seconds or less, Whedon spoke out against both socialism and capitalism, saying that "ultimately all these systems don't work.  Firefly was written as a serious character study, encompassing what Whedon called "life when it's hard". , The miniseries was nominated and won numerous awards. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, "Joss Whedon Interview: The Web Has Been Wonderful For 'Horrible, "Joss Whedon Talks 'Dr.  He introduced several new characters into the Marvel Universe such as the villainous Ord, X-Men Ruth "Blindfold" Aldine and Hisako "Armor" Ichiki, Runaway Klara Prast, and Special Agent Abigail Brand along with S.W.O.R.D., the organization Brand commands. No. Death doesn't take Hitler.  At a young age, he showed great interest in British television series shows like Masterpiece and Monty Python. The script was about Daniel Hoffstetter, a government scientist, who awakes after dying to discover his mind has been imprinted on a mind-wiped body. Kitty Pryde later played a central role in Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men. Club, he elaborated on his nonbelief in gods:. , On July 13, 2018, HBO announced that the network had obtained the rights to The Nevers, an "epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world", on which Whedon will serve as writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner.  However, production was delayed because of his commitment to projects at Marvel Studios. Whedon has been vocal about his identification as a feminist, but according to his now-ex-wife, Kai Cole, it’s an act. ", Whedon often hires the same actors for his projects and has been described as "the gravitational center of the Whedonverse, a galaxy that spins recurring actors and themes through an orbital system of TV shows, films and comic books that all share similar traits: a unique brand of witty dialogue, relatable characters and fantasy/sci-fi mythology.". In a scathing essay published on Sunday for The Wrap, Cole, who recently divorced Whedon after 16 years of marriage, wrote that Whedon is a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.”  He has spoken about existentialism, explaining in detail how it, and more specifically Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea, was used as a basis for the Firefly episode "Objects in Space". "Joss Whedon: 'I want to make things that are small, pure and odd. , Whedon wrote and executive produced the paranormal romance film In Your Eyes, the second feature by Bellwether Pictures. Joss Whedon's ex-wife Kai Cole penned an essay calling him a 'hypocrite preaching feminist ideals' on Sunday. Whedon was then brought in for reshoots that changed the movie significantly, leading to the famed Snyder Cut. Because I don't believe any human beings are". It happens all the time". Whedon was awarded Best Directing and Best Writing for a Comedy Web Series at the Streamy Awards, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, and a Creative Arts Emmy Award in 2009.  A committed humanist, Whedon was presented with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. I like to think that adding Y's to words that don't usually have Y's is going to destroy the whole fabric of our society". Can someone cheat on their partner and still be a feminist? , Whedon has kept ambivalent on whether to shoot on film or digital video, saying that he has "no allegiance to film as film. Kai Cole and Joss Whedon at a 2010 L.A. premiere event (Getty Images) Then later, after he confessed everything, he told me, “I let myself love you.  He conceived the idea in the early 1990s, and had written drafts of the screenplay since then.  Whedon later co-wrote The Shepherd's Tale with his half brother Zack. It follows Angel, who works as a private detective in order to "help the helpless". Whedon has identified as an absurdist and existentialist.  X-Men, on which Whedon worked on an early draft, contained at least two dialogue exchanges of Whedon's contribution, while the final cut of Speed left in most of his dialogue. "Joss Whedon to Write and Direct The Avengers 2", "Joss Whedon to direct Avengers 2 and develop a new TV show", "ABC Greenlights 'S.H.I.E.L.D' Marvel Pilot, Joss Whedon To Co-Write & Possibly Direct", "Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' People are more complicated than that and relationships – particularly ones that span more than a decade – are certainly far more nuanced than the black-and-white thinking that decrees all infidelity be met with a break-up.  In his 2006 Equality Now address, Whedon said that journalists frequently ask him why he writes such strong female characters.  As part of a panel of writers, he contributed to Marvel Comics' Civil War crossover event lending advice on how to tell the story and also how to end it. Kai Cole is an architect, producer, actress, and the ex-wife of Joss Whedon. , Fox chose to play the episodes of the series out of order, running The Train Job first, and not airing the pilot until a dozen episodes later, resulting in some confusion from viewers.  He returned to the world of Fray during the season eight-story arc "Time of Your Life". Cole was married to Whedon for sixteen years.  In April 2017, Whedon took a shot at Republicans by criticizing the physical appearance of teenage cancers survivors who were visiting then Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.. Kai Cole is a producer and actress, known for In Your Eyes (2014), Much Ado About Nothing (2012) and Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017). We need equality. That's the choice that really tests men like him.  Whedon said he wanted to subvert the idea and create someone who was a hero. , Whedon attended Riverdale Country School in New York City; his mother taught history at the school. It was a show about grown-ups". … When Kai Cole, the former wife of Joss Whedon, wrote an open letter yesterday condemning her ex husband’s years of infidelity and emotional abuse, which she … , In May 2017, Whedon took over post-production duties for Justice League, including writing and directing additional photography for the film.  He received a co-writing credit for his contributions to the film, which was released in November 2017. Cole was married to Whedon for sixteen years. They have their own voice, their own identity, their own history. Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole published a searing takedown of the famed director in 2017.  The script was planned to be written in summer 2012 and the principal photography to take place the following year. " Whedon stated that he had been referring to Donald Trump.  It tells the story of Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain, who shares a love interest in a girl named Penny with his nemesis, Captain Hammer. Elements of feminism are present throughout much of Whedon's work, which he gives his mother credit for inspiring. 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A virtual panel for the 2020 at-home San Diego Comic-Con focusing on Whedon's body of work was canceled following Fisher's statements about Whedon. Being able to spend years with a character, to really develop them, to understand them, to challenge the actor, to learn from the actor, to work with a team of writers – that experience is so fulfilling.  The series follows Echo, whose brain is programmed to accomplish various assignments, on her journey towards self-awareness. Most recently he will be directing, writing and producing DC Comic’s Batgirl. If you take even a cursory interest in pop culture, you may have read the stunning, heartbreaking piece published by Kai Cole on The Wrap, detailing her allegations of the toxic infidelity and gaslighting that characterised her 16-year marriage to film and TV director Joss Whedon. Which leads us to the second point.  There, he also studied under renowned academic Richard Slotkin.  His idea to adapt the play for the screen originated from having "Shakespeare readings" at his house with several of his friends, years prior. Set between Firefly and the film, it was intended to connect the two storylines. Clementine Ford is a best-selling author and feminist commentator. It's not natural." Cole's entire piece is brave, fearsome and far more measured than she is required to be. Whedon is widely celebrated for being a feminist auteur, an image he has always been happy to help cultivate. Clementine Ford: Why Joss Whedon's treatment of ex-wife Kai Cole matters. People are more complicated than that"; and, "What happens in your private relationships shouldn't necessarily take away from your public work". The idea came directly from his aversion to seeing the Hollywood formula of "the little blonde girl who goes into a dark alley and gets killed in every horror movie". 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She quotes Whedon as saying, When I was running ‘Buffy,’ I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women.  To Whedon the miniseries was "a project of love", an accomplishment that from their excitement would be embellished with passion and "ridiculousness". She quotes Whedon as saying, When I was running ‘Buffy,’ I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women.  Of his desire to take on the film, he explained that the core of the movie was about "finding yourself from community" and the togetherness derived from a group that ultimately doesn't belong together. Davidson, Joy, and Wilson, Leah, eds.  An official continuation of the story came later in the form of a comic book series.  In September 2014, Empire suggested the script4 was being made, with Liam Neeson attached to the project.  There have since been multiple rumors regarding sequel possibilities.  Denoting this period, Whedon has said, "I had free time, but I'm pretty sure I mean my career was on the skids". She was an adolescent girl finding out she has great power and dealing with it. Comeford, AmiJo and Burnett, Tamy (2010). She agreed, and the collaboration was later repurposed into producing an EP.  In January 2016, Whedon announced that he will no longer work with Marvel. (2013–2020).  He finished a 24 issue run in 2008 and then handed over the reins as a writer to Warren Ellis.  Having already been a committed reader, he had a letter published in the first volume, which was included in the Volume 1 hardcover edition. , Whedon has cited Ray Bradbury, James Cameron, Rod Serling, William Shakespeare, Stephen Sondheim, Steven Spielberg, Charles Dickens, Stan Lee, Robert Klein, Jerome Robbins, Frank Borzage, Steve Gerber, Steven Bochco, Frances Hodgson Burnett and John Williams as influences.  This conception came from "the very first mission statement of the show, which was the joy of female power: having it, using it, sharing it". Kai Cole’s open letter. It may, in fact, describe what the movie is about ... the more power that we have, the less human we are. Horrible,' 'Dollhouse' and More", "Joss Whedon on 'Dr. Everybody has a perspective. As Buffy Summers (Whedon's most famous character) might say, what's the big?  It was described as having included a new, "more of a 'Hannibal Lecter' type" villain, and portrayed Bruce Wayne as "a morbid, death-obsessed kid" whose grief was overcome by protecting a girl from being bullied in an alley similar to where his parents were murdered. The percentage of people that I kill—not so many.  The series focuses on the secret military law-enforcement agency featured throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ", "SXSW Critic's Notebook: Much Ado About What, Exactly? Cole accused Whedon of cheating … I always start off wanting to be solitary, because a) it's simpler, and b) that isolation is something that I relate to as a storyteller. Nonetheless, he felt he "pulled off" the endeavor of making a summer movie reminiscent of those from his childhood.. Two arguments I saw repeatedly framed after the publication of Cole's piece went thus: "Infidelity doesn't stop someone from being a feminist. " He went on to say that America is "turning into Tsarist Russia. He did not receive a co-director credit however, despite reshooting and changing most of the film from what Zack Snyder had already filmed, completed, and intended. Equality is not a concept. , As a guest director, he contributed two 2007 episodes of The Office ("Business School" and "Branch Wars") and a 2010 episode of Glee ("Dream On").  The film received the 2005 Nebula Award for Best Script, the 2006 Prometheus Special Award, and was voted the best sci-fi movie of all time in a poll set up by SFX magazine. , Though praised for presenting a unique and progressive version of the archetypal noir hero as a sympathetic vampire detective, it was criticized as being lesser than its parent show, in the context of having devolved from a more popular original work.  He said, "If there's a bigger influence on Buffy than Kitty, I don't know what it was. , On October 20, 2016, Whedon revealed that he is currently writing a new project that is a historical fiction/horror film set during World War II. Whedon explains that because of this, the word "includes the idea that believing men and women to be equal ... is not a natural state.  Examining a typical motif, he says, "I tend to write about people who are helpless or out of control who then regain or retake control". Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole wrote an open letter for The Wrap in 2017 detailing why Whedon is a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals”. , In August 2017, Whedon's ex-wife, Kai Cole, published an essay on an industry trade site accusing Whedon of 15 years of multiple infidelities and the hypocrisy of touting feminist ideals while using their marriage "as a shield" for his misuse of power. I love that mixture of thrill, of horror, that objectification/identification thing of wanting definitely for the people to be alright but at the same time hoping they'll go somewhere dark and face something awful. 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. , — Whedon's 2006 Equality Now speech.  He reiterated a sentiment that the introduction of torture porn into this genre was becoming an exercise in nihilism and misogyny as a means to promote distress and instead of trying to scare its audience. David Greenwalt and Whedon collaborated on the pilot which was going to be developed for The WB Network.  As stated by Whedon, Dollhouse was about "the sides of us that we don't want people to see", sexuality and, on some level, a celebration of perversion, which he equates to obsession, "the thing that makes people passionate and interesting and worthy". Firstly, of course infidelity is not in and of itself incompatible with feminism. In her piece, Cole revealed not only that the pair have been quietly separated for the past five years, but also that the majority of their marriage before that was characterised by infidelity, lies and gaslighting.  He says of the recurring aspects of community, "Everything I write tends to turn into a superhero team, even if I didn't mean for it to. 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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). , In July 2020, Justice League actor Ray Fisher accused Whedon of showing "gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable" behavior toward the cast and crew of the film. I think there are a few possible answers to that question, the most obvious of which is that the Feminist Police are not going to start arresting people for watching Joss Whedon movies or old reruns of Firefly. ", Whedon also served as a creative consultant on the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to Age of Ultron. And he sat consciously in this knowledge, revelling in it and using it as a way to foster his own sense of masculinity.  The film was scripted, produced, directed, edited and composed by Whedon, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. He also served as director for Justice League on re-shoots replacing Zack Snyder.  His mother, Ann Lee (née Jeffries) Stearns, originally from Kentucky, was a teacher at Riverdale Country School as Lee Whedon, and an aspiring novelist. "Corrupt".  He rewrote some dialogue for Thor: The Dark World, directed the mid-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and suggested that James Gunn make Guardians of the Galaxy "weirder" after reading an early draft. " The character Phil Coulson was resurrected after his death in The Avengers to helm the show. and Alien Resurrection. , Whedon spoke about certain complications that factored in with making the show for Marvel, noting confusion between him and the company regarding the degree to which they wanted him to create it, citing their demand that he prioritize Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to Variety magazine, it was a fantasy thriller under development by Universal Pictures, and was to be produced by Mary Parent and Scott Stuber. Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole wrote an open letter for The Wrap in 2017 detailing why Whedon is a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals”. , The score was composed by David Newman, and according to Whedon was intended to "deglorify space — to feel the intimacy of being on a ship as opposed to the grandeur". Among these were Buffy the Animated Series, a set of television movies for The WB based on Angel and Buffy characters, a Spike spin-off film, and Ripper, a proposed BBC pilot about Rupert Giles.  That same month, Whedon also received criticism for reportedly comparing Ivanka Trump to a dog and for wishing that Paul Ryan would be raped to death by a rhinoceros. , In August 2012, Whedon signed a deal to develop the Marvel TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The tone was then softened in the opening episodes, establishing Angel Investigations as an idealistic, shoestring operation. , In 2013, Whedon claimed that he suffers from workaholism. That we don't emerge assuming that everybody in the human race is a human. , The WB Network announced on February 13, 2004 that Angel would not be brought back for a sixth season. But the following reflection in particular is what makes this instance of the personal being political a non-negotiable issue, as far as I'm concerned: "Despite understanding, on some level, that what he was doing was wrong, he never conceded the hypocrisy of being out in the world preaching feminist ideals, while at the same time, taking away my right to make choices for my life and my body based on the truth. He begins to say, "I have the privilege living my life inside of words ... but part of being a writer is also living in the very smallest part of every word." , An ever-present element was Whedon's injection of anti-totalitarianism, writing into the show a historical analogy of the Battle of Gettysburg, the "Battle of Serenity Valley".3 The beaten soldiers were called "Browncoats" after the brown dusters they wore as their uniforms.  They have two children together. , In July 2010, it was confirmed that Whedon would write and direct The Avengers, a live-action adaptation of the superhero team of the same name. I may die…, "12 Signs It's a Joss Whedon Project; The Simultaneous Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Clichés", "117 Buffyverse Characters, Ranked From Worst To Best", "The Ten Cruelest Things Joss Whedon Has Done To His Characters", "Why does Joss Whedon always kill the characters we love? ", Endorsing Barack Obama in the 2012 United States presidential election, Whedon satirically equated Mitt Romney's future as president with a zombie apocalypse, quipping, "Romney is ready to make the deep rollbacks in health care, education, social services and reproductive rights that will guarantee poverty, unemployment, overpopulation, disease, rioting—all crucial elements in creating a nightmare zombie wasteland.  Created by Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, the show involves individuals who possess powers within the spectacle of science fiction, while also focusing on "the peripheral people ... the people on the edges of the grand adventures. Kai Cole Kai Cole is the wife of movie director Joss Whedon. , At the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International, Whedon announced Twist, which was described as a comic book about "a Victorian female Batman". " On working with high or low budgets, he remarked that both offer "the exact same job" and whether one has $100 million or $100,000, "you're trying to hit someone in the gut with an emotional moment.  Serenity: Better Days also spanned three issues, and was written by Whedon and Brett Matthews. One of the most telling quotes from the article isn’t from Cole herself, but from something Whedon wrote in a letter to his ex-wife: "[M]ore than twice as many papers, essays, and books have been devoted to the vampire drama than any of our other choices—so many that we stopped counting when we hit 200".  In terms of visual aesthetics, he prefers to incorporate as many practical effects as possible when using computer-generated imagery, so people "really don't know where one begins and the other ends. The A.V. Jérémy Clapin and Guillaume Laurant (2019), This page was last edited on 13 November 2020, at 01:24. ", In 2015, Whedon signed a petition as part of a political campaign calling for Elizabeth Warren to run for President of the United States. "It felt like I had a disease," he wrote, "like something from a Greek myth. " Dramatic effect is used to convey the sense of realism and shock value that comes from fatal circumstances.  Following the successful eighth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, IDW Publishing approached Whedon about similarly producing a canonical sixth season for Angel.  Despite the play's comedy, he discovered that there were elements in the text "of debauchery" that brought out a core darkness, and said the visual nature of film influenced him to permeate a motif of sexuality into the script. This was a man who built a career and a loyal fan base on his promise that he "got it". He said, "If there's a bigger influence on Buffy than Kitty, I don't know what it was. Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole published a searing takedown of the famed director in 2017. , Whedon, a lifelong comic book fan, authored the Dark Horse Comics miniseries Fray, which takes place in the far future of the Buffyverse. , Whedon was hired to write and direct a Warner Bros. adaptation of Wonder Woman. 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In his 2006 Equality Now address, Whedon said that … , In 2004, Whedon created the comic book line Astonishing X-Men.  All written and directed by Whedon, they are considered some of the most effective and popular episodes of the series. That the idea of equality is just an idea that's imposed on us..." This sparked an unfavorable reaction from the feminist community, but also an appreciation for Whedon's arguments' thought provocation. Kinda now. He called it "the most important book" he ever read, and said it was handed to him right after he saw Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, whose impact, he recalls, had made him an existentialist. But to really understand the gravity of these revelations, you have to appreciate how entwined the concept of Public Feminist is with Whedon's success.  The final episode "Chosen" was nominated for a Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Hugo Award in 2003. , To create Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon established Bellwether Pictures.