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What is Joss Whedon's net worth? Inside director's massive fortune amid abuse and misconduct allegations on set

Gal Gadot recently accused the director of issuing threats to destroy her career and he was earlier accused of misconduct at workplace by Ray Fisher
Joss Whedon has been accused of abuse on set by Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher (Getty Images)
Joss Whedon has been accused of abuse on set by Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher (Getty Images)

On Saturday, May 8, Gal Gadot confirmed earlier reports that Joss Whedon had threatened her career during a conflict that the two had on the sets of 'Justice League' after Whedon took over as director after Zack Snyder. Now, Marvel fans want to know more about the director and how much money he makes.

In an interview with the Israeli outlet N12, Gal Gadot said, "He kind of threatened my career and said if I did something, he would make my career miserable and I just took care of it on the spot." 


Did Joss Whedon harass Gal Gadot? 'Justice League' star says she 'took care of it' after he threatened her career

Ray Fisher claims Joss Whedon's treatment of 'Justice League' cast was 'gross, abusive and unprofessional'

A report in The Hollywood Reporter in April 2021 cited sources saying that the actor and the filmmaker clashed when Whedon "pushed Gadot to record lines she didn't like, threatened to harm Gadot's career and disparaged Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins". She reportedly demanded a meeting with the studio's then-chairman Kevin Tsujihara.

Joss Whedon attends the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Bad Times At The El Royal' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 22, 2018, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)
Gal Gadot (Getty Images)

Reports of Gadot's on-set experience with Whedon surfaced after 'Cyborg' actor Ray Fisher went public about feeling mistreated by the director and Warner Brothers in general during the film shoot. Fisher was the first one to accuse Whedon of inappropriate behavior on set. His allegations prompted Warner Bros to launch an investigation, which was concluded without the results being publicly disclosed. Gadot backed up Fisher's complaints, but she had been vague about the details telling Los Angeles Times, "I'm happy for Ray to go out and speak his truth. I wasn't there with the guys when they shot with Joss Whedon – I had my own experience with (him), which wasn't the best one, but I took care of it there and when it happened. I took it to the higher-ups and they took care of it. But I'm happy for Ray to go up and say his truth."

Joss Whedon's career

Born on June 23, 1964, Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon is a screenwriter, executive producer, director, occasional composer and actor. Not just that, he is also the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. He is famously known as the creator and showrunner of the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997–2003), 'Angel' (1999–2004), 'Firefly' (2002) and 'Dollhouse' (2009–2010), as well as the short film 'Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog' (2008).

Amber Benson, Joss Whedon, Michelle Trachtenberg and Nicholas Brendon at a screening of 'Once More With Feeling', the musical episode of 'Buffy, The Vampire Slayer' at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles on November 2, 2001 (Getty Images)

Many of Whedon's projects, as well as Whedon himself, enjoy a cult status. A third-generation TV writer (both his father and grandfather wrote for the medium), Whedon grew up in Manhattan and spent his high school years at an all-boys school in England, United Kingdom. Following higher education at Connecticut's Wesleyan University, he spent a year mired frustration about his creativity and career, an ordeal that ended when he was hired as a writer for the sitcom 'Roseanne'. Whedon wrote and directed the film adaptation of Marvel's 'The Avengers' (2012), and co-wrote and produced the horror film 'The Cabin in the Woods' (2012).

What is Joss Whedon's net worth?

According to a Forbes report, Whedon previously stated that he has made more money from 'Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog' than from Marvel's 2012 'The Avengers', which grossed over $1.5B worldwide. Whedon wrote and directed the superhero flick, which became the fourth highest-grossing film in history. 'The Avengers' had a $220M production budget. It's not the first time Whedon has spoken out about his low income from the movie. “They are in the business of hiring the guy who hasn’t had a big success, because they don’t have to pay that guy very much,” Whedon told the Wall Street Journal in 2015.

Joss Whedon (Getty Images)

Back in 2013, Deadline reported that Whedon was getting a whopping $100M deal for a combination of product and services including consulting work and a pilot at ABC. Whedon quickly took to his own blog, Whedonesque, to say that he was not getting paid as much. "I was going to let it slide, but I’ve got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!). Some facts are not facts. I’m not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I’m not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I’m not making Downey money. I’m making A LOT, which is exciting. I’m not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts."

Actress Elizabeth Henstridge, writer/executive producer Joss Whedon, actors Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennett and Iain De Caestecker attend the premiere of Marvel's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' at Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

Whedon probably made around $10M for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', a payday which would not have been possible had he not proved himself the first time around. Though the 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' creator denied the $100M figure, he is thought to be receiving a fraction of that per year on a multi-year deal with Disney. According to Celebrity Net Worth, his total net worth stands at $100M.