Wow, the Justice League actors’ support of #ReleaseTheSnyderCut suddenly makes a lot more sense. It might not be that they’re big fans the depressing, Wagnerian take on DC superheroes — they just hated Joss Whedon??
As you may recall from the time, Warner Bros replaced director Zack Snyder on the film due to family tragedy — or so the story goes — with Whedon, who had already made two successful Avengers films for rival Marvel Studios. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator was apparently tasked with changing the tone of the whole film, after the majority had already been shot, into something a little more fun. The result was a messy hodgepodge of styles that left critics and audiences cold — and was a huge disappointment at the box office.
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Warner Bros has tried to keep a lid on exactly what went down on the film set — all we know for certain is CG mustache removal was involved.
But it turns out there may be more to hide than budget-breaking reshoots.
On Monday Ray Fisher, who made a name for himself playing Muhammed Ali on stage in the acclaimed Fetch Clay, Make Man before scoring the role of Cyborg in the DCEU films, posted a video from himself at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 effusively praising Whedon:
“Joss is a great guy and Zack picked a good person to come in and finish up for him.”
The caption was the real doozy, though, as he wrote:
“I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement.”
I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement: pic.twitter.com/1ECwwu6TG1
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) June 29, 2020
Thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long to find out what he meant by that. On Wednesday he made himself clear with the tweet:
“Joss Wheadon’s [sic] on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.”
Whoa. Fisher added:
“He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. Accountability>Entertainment”
Boo-ya! He’s just not giving an eff anymore!
While we still have no idea what the 32-year-old is alleging Whedon did, we can’t imagine details will stay hidden for long.
For what it’s worth, just a few weeks back — shortly after it was announced Snyder’s vision would finally be seen on HBO Max — Ray tweeted:
“I don’t praise Chris Terrio and @ZackSnyder for simply putting me in Justice League. I praise them for EMPOWERING me (a black man with no film credits to his name) with a seat at the creative table and input on the framing of the Stones before there was even a script! #BORGLIFE”
The story of Cyborg, AKA Victor Stone, is one of the aspects of the original vision of the film which Whedon supposedly cut out to bring down the film’s runtime. But we guess we’ll get confirmation on that next year when the infamous Snyder Cut actually sees the light of day.
Innerestingly this is not the first time Joss Whedon has been accused of unprofessional behavior.
His ex-wife Kai Cole infamously called him out in an essay for using his position to have multiple affairs with younger women. She also called him a fake feminist. It’s well worth a read HERE.
Whedon also has had a mostly unspoken feud with Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on both Buffy and its spinoff Angel.
After rumors she was fired for “hiding her pregnancy” from production, she set the record straight — telling Complex last year she made it clear to production she was pregnant (after having previously suffered a miscarriage) and subsequently faced “production hours and demands that weren’t as considerate of the pregnancy as they could’ve been.” The pregnancy was briefly written into the show — after which her character fell into a coma and later died offscreen.
It’s been whispered for years she was fired in retaliation for becoming pregnant — something which, if ever proved, could definitely be described as “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.” Don’t you think??
What do YOU think Whedon did to Ray Fisher and the rest of the Justice League??
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