Which leads us to the second point.  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.. "Joss Whedon: 'I want to make things that are small, pure and odd. 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.  All written and directed by Whedon, they are considered some of the most effective and popular episodes of the series. He did it within a powerful industry known for granting very little of that power to the women who service it, particularly in contrast with the mostly male directors and producers on whom they rely for work.  He also wrote short pieces for Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1, and he was the subject of an issue of the comic book, Marvel Spotlight (alongside artist Michael Lark). , Taking over after series creator Brian K. Vaughan completed his run on the series, Whedon became the second writer of the Marvel comic Runaways. It felt like I had a disease, like something from a Greek myth.  In Afterlife there were precursors to themes Whedon would later explore in Dollhouse.  Like Firefly, the film contained a statement on individual liberty. 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In June 2012, Slate magazine identified it as the most written about popular culture text of all time. But can someone cheat on their partner in the specific and sustained way Cole says Whedon did, making his partner doubt her own rationality and sanity, exposing her to the risks borne by people who aren't aware they aren't in sexually monogamous relationships, and still maintain the illusion of being the Feminist Good Guy that has earned them millions of dollars? Whedon funded her album and when Kilgore contacted him about his fulfillment reward, he suggested they make a song together. Her book, 'Boys Will Be Boys', is out now. Two arguments I saw repeatedly framed after the publication of Cole's piece went thus: "Infidelity doesn't stop someone from being a feminist.  Whedon graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2013.  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. Clementine Ford: Why Joss Whedon's treatment of ex-wife Kai Cole matters By Clementine Ford Updated August 22, 2017 — 1.54pm first published August 21, 2017 — 10.49pm , At the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International, Whedon announced Twist, which was described as a comic book about "a Victorian female Batman". " Kitty Pryde later played a central role in Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men.  In 2006, it won a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. The things that I don't like are kids acting like idiots, the devolution of the horror movie into torture porn and into a long series of sadistic comeuppances.  Whedon and Cole separated in 2012 and divorced in 2016. , Whedon attended Riverdale Country School in New York City; his mother taught history at the school.  Whedon later executive produced another free comic book on the Internet, Serenity: The Other Half.  He used two long steadicam shots for several minutes of the film's opening sequence to establish "a sense of safety in space".  However, critics noted an almost stereotypical lack of feminist ideals in his writing decisions and portrayal of Black Widow, one of two female protagonists in Marvel's 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron, played by Scarlett Johansson.  One storyline from the comic, the notion of a cure for mutation being found, was also an element in the third X-Men film, X-Men: The Last Stand. , Thematically, Whedon's work often explores perspectives on existentialism, anti-authoritarianism, free will, power, powerlessness, sexuality, adulthood, sacrifice, misogyny and feminism. 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.  Whedon usually directed episodes from his own scripts that held the most cathartic moments in Buffy's story. Cole was married to Whedon for sixteen years. The character Kitty Pryde from the X-Men comics was an early model for Whedon's strong teenage girl characters.  In an issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, where Buffy travels to the future, Whedon writes Buffy's reaction to the future dialect of Manhattan; this allows Whedon to comment on the series' distinctive style of dialogue; "Buffy blames herself for what's happened to the English language, and there's a lot of hubris in that joke.  The 2001 episode "The Body" was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2002, and the fall 2001 musical episode "Once More, with Feeling" was nominated for a Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo Award and a Best Script Nebula Award.  Whedon later co-wrote The Shepherd's Tale with his half brother Zack. After he confessed his behaviour to Cole, he wrote to her, "In many ways I was the HEIGHT of normal, in this culture. Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole published a searing takedown of the famed director in 2017.  The narrative centered on Captain Malcolm Reynolds as the hero accompanied by River Tam acting as the catalyst for what he does. Is About 'Powers,' 'Spectacle' And 'Little Things' That Matter", "Joss Whedon explains why he brought Agent Coulson back to life for S.H.I.E.L.D. is an Underappreciated Masterpiece", "In Defence Of... Alien: Resurrection, the franchise's ugly duckling", "The Best of Joss Whedon's AMA: The Avengers, Doctor Horrible 2, and… Titan A.E.? Equality is not a concept. ", "SXSW Critic's Notebook: Much Ado About What, Exactly? 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. , Goners was announced in 2005. Kai Cole Kai Cole is the wife of movie director Joss Whedon. He also produces, directs, and has written several films. , From 1989 to 1990, Whedon worked as a staff writer on the sitcoms Roseanne and Parenthood. The A.V. There are some fairly troubling assertions within both these statements, so let's unpack them a little bit. , 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". She quotes Whedon as saying, When I was running ‘Buffy,’ I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, "Joss Whedon Interview: The Web Has Been Wonderful For 'Horrible, "Joss Whedon Talks 'Dr.  When asked about his five favorite films, Whedon listed The Matrix, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Bad and the Beautiful, Magnolia and The Court Jester.  Whedon is the younger sibling of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and the older sibling of writers Jed and Zack Whedon.  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". 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But perhaps a better question is whether the industry these people work in will continue to help bolster the image they've carefully constructed around themselves, even as it shatters around them. 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”. It's a necessity. Kai Cole’s open letter. Suddenly I am a powerful producer and the world is laid out at my feet and I can't touch it.". " The script was based on unused story ideas for Firefly's unfilmed second season. But as Cole writes, "he did touch it". Firstly, of course infidelity is not in and of itself incompatible with feminism. Everybody in your scene, including the thug flanking your bad guy, has a reason. , 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. , In January 2017, after actress Nicole Kidman publicly suggested that America should accept that Donald Trump is President, Whedon tweeted a photograph of plastic puppet Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward alongside an image of Kidman, an action some interpreted as mocking and objectifying Kidman's physical appearance. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions, he co-founded Bellwether Pictures, and is best known as the creator of several television series. , Whedon thought part of what distinguished it from other horror films was that people were not disposable — "As a culture, for our own entertainment, we tend to assume that they are (expendable)".  He said, "If there's a bigger influence on Buffy than Kitty, I don't know what it was. Screenwriter and director Joss Whedon might not be the famed feminist ally many thought he was, according to his ex-wife Kai Cole. 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). 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 …  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. Sometimes it's adorable ... and sometimes it's not ... Not to get all dark and weird, but it is something I need to address. The series was also promoted as a comedy, not a science fiction drama, and placed in the infamous "Friday night death slot". Whedon co-wrote and produced a horror-comedy film titled The Cabin in the Woods with director Drew Goddard, finishing production in 2009. , Whedon, a lifelong comic book fan, authored the Dark Horse Comics miniseries Fray, which takes place in the far future of the Buffyverse. Club: That's it, end of story, no? Kitty Pryde later played a central role in Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men. The series was cancelled by Fox before all of the episodes had aired. "Corrupt". 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." In March 2012, Whedon stated that although television involves more compromise than film: I think, ultimately, gun to my head, TV is the place. 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). , In 2017, Whedon directed Unlocked, a short film in support of Planned Parenthood. ", Whedon has identified himself as an atheist. His expanding profile brought new actresses, co-workers, fans and friends – women who I imagine believed the hype around his feminist ideals and succumbed to the allure of it, because we are nothing if not catastrophically deficient in being able to recognise that bullshit is still bullshit even if it's wearing a T-shirt that says "THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE". 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He finished a 24 issue run in 2008 and then handed over the reins as a writer to Warren Ellis.  Denoting this period, Whedon has said, "I had free time, but I'm pretty sure I mean my career was on the skids". , In 2013, Whedon claimed that he suffers from workaholism.  There have since been multiple rumors regarding sequel possibilities. , In summer 2014, Whedon encountered artist Shawnee Kilgore on Kickstarter. , In 1997, Whedon created his first television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.2 The series depicts Buffy Summers, the latest in a line of young women called to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness.  A committed humanist, Whedon was presented with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. The show was praised by critics overall, but some objected to the fusion of American frontier and outer space motifs. 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. He also served as director for Justice League on re-shoots replacing Zack Snyder. It's not something we should be striving for. It had to be self-contained and work as a movie, which meant I had to cope with problems like introducing nine main characters who'd already met! It follows Angel, who works as a private detective in order to "help the helpless".  A Whedon spokesperson said the essay contained "inaccuracies and misrepresentations. I stopped worrying about the contradiction. Should a person's private life be considered separately from their public work?  New Scientist magazine held a poll in 2005 to find "The World's Best Space Sci-Fi Ever", and Firefly and Serenity took first and second place, respectively.  The film was scripted, produced, directed, edited and composed by Whedon, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name.  Whedon and Goddard intended to make a film that exemplified horror movies while still preserving the fun and frightening elements necessary to being a horror film.  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". Drawing parallels to a symphony, he wanted to bring about "grace in the middle of ultimate chaos. Whedon is widely celebrated for being a feminist auteur, an image he has always been happy to help cultivate.