Joss Whedon is a writer, director, and executive producer for movies and television shows, best known as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His series' shared gift for hilarious dialogue, intricate and believable characterization, and surprising plot twists is matched only by their ability to to attract large, rapidly-formed groups of insane fans, known to some as Whedonites.

Besides Buffy, Whedon's series include Angel for The WB and Firefly for Fox. Having apparently grown tired of the venal, short-sighted world of network television, he has now embraced the venal, short-sighted world of Hollywood filmmaking. As part of this change in direction, he has pioneered the innovative approach of taking an unsuccessful television series and turning it into an unsuccessful movie.