Joaquim Aranha dos Santos is a Portuguese-born American animator, storyboard artist, director, producer, and writer. He is best known for his directing work on the television series Justice League Unlimited, Avatar: The Last Airbender, G.I. Joe: Resolute, The Legend of Korra, and Voltron: Legendary Defender. He also serves as one of directors on the films Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) and Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (2024).

Joaquim Dos Santos
Dos Santos in 2012
Joaquim Aranha dos Santos[1]

(1977-07-22) July 22, 1977 (age 46)
Lisbon, Portugal[2]
Occupation(s)Animator, storyboard artist, director, producer, writer
Notable workJustice League Unlimited
Avatar: The Last Airbender
G.I. Joe: Resolute
The Legend of Korra
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Career edit

He was a storyboard artist for the animated series Justice League before being promoted in the show's renamed third season. He went on to direct half of the episodes of Justice League Unlimited alongside fellow DC Animated Universe director Dan Riba, including the final episode "Destroyer". He joined the staff of Avatar: The Last Airbender in the middle of the show's second season as a storyboard artist, and began directing episodes in the third season, including the last two parts of the four-part series finale. He would later go on to work on Avatar's sequel series The Legend of Korra, as he co-directed all of the first season alongside Ki Hyun Ryu and served as co-executive producer for the entire series.[citation needed]

He also served as supervising director on the mini-series G.I. Joe: Resolute. After that project, he moved back to Warner Bros. Animation, where he directed two DC Showcase short films: The Spectre (accompanying the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video movie) and Jonah Hex (on Batman: Under the Red Hood). He also worked as an executive producer and co-showrunner on the animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender with Lauren Montgomery.[3] He directed Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, alongside Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson.[4][5]

Personal life edit

Dos Santos was born in Lisbon, Portugal and moved to the United States when he was four years old, though he spent his summers in Portugal.[2] He currently resides in Woodland Hills, California with his wife and son.[2]

Filmography edit

Year Film Role
2007 The Invincible Iron Man additional storyboard artist
Superman: Doomsday storyboard artist (as Joaquim Dos Santas)
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier storyboard artist
Batman: Gotham Knight storyboard artist (segment Deadshot)
2010 The Spectre director, producer, storyboard artist, character designer
Jonah Hex director, producer, storyboard artist, character designer
Green Arrow director, producer, storyboard artist, character designer
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam director, producer, storyboard artist, character designer
2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights storyboard artist
2023 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse director
Year TV-series Role
2000-2001 Max Steel storyboard artist, storyboard clean-up artist, 4 episodes
2001 Heavy Gear: The Animated Series storyboard artist, 4 episodes
2001-2004 Justice League storyboard artist, 22 episodes
2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe storyboards, 1 episode
2004 Justice League: Starcrossed storyboard, TV movie
Teen Titans storyboard artist, 4 episodes
2004-2006 Justice League Unlimited director, storyboard artist, 20 episodes
2006 Legion of Super Heroes storyboard artist, 1 episode
2006-2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender director, storyboard artist, additional storyboard artist, background designer, character designer, 12 episodes
2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man storyboard artist, 2 episodes
2009 G.I. Joe: Resolute supervising director, art director, character designer, 11 episodes
2012 Tron: Uprising storyboard artist, 1 episode
2012-2014 The Legend of Korra director, co-executive producer, art director, storyboard artist, main character designer, Mako's Fan (voice, uncredited), 52 episodes
2016-2018 Voltron: Legendary Defender director, executive producer, writer, storyboard, 76 episodes
2021 Invincible storyboard artist, 1 episode
2022 The Legend of Vox Machina main title layout (uncredited), 11 episodes

References edit

  1. ^ "Exclusivo: Joaquim Aranha dos Santos é um dos realizadores da nova aventura animada do Homem-Aranha e é português" [Exclusive: Joaquim Aranha dos Santos is one of the directors of the new Spider-Man animated adventure and he's Portuguese]. CNN Portugal (in Portuguese). June 1, 2023. Retrieved June 17, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Sony Pictures Animation
  3. ^ "DreamWorks and Netflix reveal Voltron: Legendary Defender animated series showrunners". Nerd Reactor. March 10, 2016. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (November 27, 2018). "'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Sequel and All-Female Spinoff in the Works From Sony (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 27, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 20, 2022). "'Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse' Heads To Summer 2023; Sony Dates 'Madame Web', 'Equalizer 3' Among Other Release Changes". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 21, 2022. Retrieved April 20, 2022.

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