The past few months have certainly not been ones that Joss Whedon will remember fondly. After his version of the Justice League movie effectively flopped, fans praised the release of the Snyder cut. On top of those failures members of the cast continue to be vocal about his poor treatment of them on the set. Ray Fisher who played Cyborg in the movie has been an outspoken critic of Whedon since 2020. Now he is back to finish the job.
As previously mentioned back in 2020 Ray Fisher put out a tweet seemingly out of the blue were he mentioned,
“Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.”
From that moment on stories began to surface about what life was like on set. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Fisher describes how “awkward” the process of changing from Snyder to Whedon was. At times he said,
“[He had] to explain some of the most basic points of what would be offensive to the Black community.”
Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.
He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020
In the same story THR claims that it wasn’t just Ray Fisher who had differences with Whedon. Gal Gadot also reportedly had some differences over character development with the director. Sources from the actress claim that she was keen on having the character essentially mimic the feel that audiences got in the first Wonder Woman film. While Whedon wanted to push the character in another direction. The confrontation came to a breaking point when Whedon allegedly told her “say the lines and shut up”.
Warner Media launched an independent probe on the matter when Fisher first raised these allegations of racism in the set. Warner Media mentioned that per company policy they would not reveal the findings of the investigation, but insist that “remedial action” was taken.
The person who did speak was Katherine Forrest, the former Federal judge who conducted the probe. She mentioned,
“[She found] no credible support for claims of racial animus” or racial “insensitivity.”
From everything that has come to light there is no question that there was quite a bit of tension on set when the switch from Snyder to Whedon occurred. The reports at the time indicated that the Whedon cut actually reported a net loss for the studio of around 60 million. It wasn’t just the actors that did have a good time it seems that audiences also were not big on the film. While the Snyder cut may have put a smile back on the faces of fans the tensions from the filming of the first movie continue to anger Fisher.