Director Joss Whedon is back in the headlines.
In an explosive interview with New York Magazine, the “Justice League” director has finally addressed allegations that he mistreated and abused many members of the cast.
In the interview, Whedon said that people used “every weaponizable word of the modern era to make it seem like I was an abusive monster.”
He added, “I think I’m one of the nicer showrunners that there’s ever been.”
However, there are many who have worked with Whedon who have recently expressed otherwise.
Gal Gadot Claims Joss Whedon Threatened Her Career
“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot had previously stated that Whedon had threatened her career.
In an interview with Elle magazine last October, Gadot stated that Whedon “kind of threatened my career and said if I did something, he would make my career miserable.”
“I was shocked by the way that he spoke with me,” she continued. “You’re dizzy because you can’t believe this was just said to you. And if he says it to me, then obviously he says it to many other people.”
She said that she started “shaking trees as soon as it happened” and that executives at Warner Bros. eventually took care of the situation.
In the recent interview, Whedon denies that he threatened her career. “I don’t threaten people,” he said. “Who does that?”
He added that Gadot probably just didn’t understand him because “English is not her first language.”
“English is not her first language, and I tend to be annoyingly flowery in my speech,” he said.
Multiple sources have reported that the “Red Notice” actress sent an email to New York Magazine, clarifying that she “understood perfectly” what Whedon was trying to tell her.
Gal Gadot official statement about Joss Whedon: pic.twitter.com/vsROiT5Fob
— may (@batherois) January 17, 2022
Joss Whedon Responds To Ray Fisher’s Allegations
See you soon #ComicConEcuador! 🇪🇨
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) November 17, 2021
Ray Fisher was one of the first to speak up about the mistreatment he received from Joss Whedon on the set of “Justice League.” Fisher, who plays Cyborg, has accused the “Cabin in the Woods” creator of being inappropriate on set, of “gross” and “unprofessional” behavior in the workplace, and even whitening his skin tone.
In the new interview, Whedon responded directly to the last allegation, saying that he brightened all elements of the film in post-production – including the actor’s faces.
Whedon also went on to defend his decision to cut Fisher out of the film, saying that his storyline “logically made no sense” and claiming that Fisher was a bad actor. When asked why Fisher would malign him to the media, Whedon responded, “We’re talking about a malevolent force. We’re talking about a bad actor in both senses.”
He even suggested that Fisher might have taken advantage of the negative media attention surrounding him after his ex-wife put out a statement denouncing him.
“I was made a target by my ex-wife, and people exploited that cynically,” Whedon said. “She put out a letter saying some bad things I’d done and saying some untrue things about me, but I had done the bad things and so people knew I was gettable.”
On Monday afternoon, Fisher responded to Whedon’s interview on Twitter. “Looks like Joss Whedon got to direct an endgame after all,” he tweeted. “Rather than address all of the lies and buffoonery today — I will be celebrating the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow the work continues. #MLKDay.”
Looks like Joss Whedon got to direct an endgame after all…
Rather than address all of the lies and buffoonery today—I will be celebrating the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tomorrow the work continues.#MLKDay
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 17, 2022
‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Alum Speak Out Against Joss Whedon
The cast of the “Justice League” are not the only stars who have come forward with allegations against Joss Whedon. Actresses Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Tractenberg, and Eliza Dushku, who have appeared on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spin-off series, “Angel,” have also come out against Joss Whedon.
Michelle Trachtenberg was only fifteen years old when she first started playing the role of Dawn Summers, Buffy’s younger sister. After Carpenter came forward with her allegations, Trachtenberg revealed that there was a rule on set that she was not allowed to be in a room alone with Joss Whedon.
In an Instagram post reacting to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s statement, she wrote, “Thank you @sarahmgellar for saying this. I am brave enough now as a 35 year old woman….To repost this. Because. This must. Be known. As a teenager. With his not appropriate behavior….very. Not. Appropriate. So now. People know. What Joss. Did.”
“The last. Comment I will make on this. Was. There was a rule. Saying. He’s not allowed in a room alone with Michelle again.”
Many fans were extremely critical of Whedon’s response.
So Joss Whedon responded to Ray Fisher’s claims that he was racist by…saying that Ray Fisher is a bad actor, Zack Snyder’s Justice League makes no sense, Gal Gadot only accused him because she doesn’t understand English…and he did this all…on Martin Luther King Day… pic.twitter.com/oWW6COBgQv
— Winnie the Pup (@channel_pup) January 17, 2022
& anyone else he might have abused in any way. JOSS WHEDON NEEDS TO GO. (2) pic.twitter.com/3Ns67XfJ57
— Ana Cardoso (@anamicard) January 17, 2022