Joaquim Dos Santos

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Joaquim Dos Santos
Joaquim Dos Santos by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Dos Santos in 2012
Area(s)Animator, Director
Notable works
Justice League Unlimited
Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Legend of Korra
Voltron: Legendary Defender

Joaquim Dos Santos is a Portuguese-born American[1] television director of animated series, best known for his directing work on Justice League Unlimited, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra and Voltron: Legendary Defender.


He was a storyboard artist for Justice League before being promoted in the show's renamed third season. He went on to direct half of the episodes of JLU alongside fellow DCAU 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 also directed 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.[2] He is currently attached to direct the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse[3], which is set to be released on April 8 2022.

Some fans have nicknamed him "Dr. Fight" because of his skill at choreographing fight sequences and action set pieces.


  1. ^ "JoaquimDossantos on DeviantArt". September 21, 2011. One Portuguese parent to be exact! The other (non-Portuguese) one lived there for 13 years. So I'm a half.
  2. ^ DreamWorks and Netflix reveal Voltron: Legendary Defender animated series showrunners, John 'Spartan' Nguyen, NERD, March 10, 2016
  3. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "Sony Finally Untangles Its Spider Web". HWD. Retrieved 2019-01-13.

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