Ray Fisher made it his mission to expose unprofessional behavior during his time on Justice League. His mission seems to be bearing fruit now that WarnerMedia launched an investigation after Ray Fisher’s claims. The young actor who debuted as Cyborg in the DC Extended Universe movie got the short shrift when his character’s story arc whittled down to a supporting role during reshoots.
Ray Fisher Calls Out Toxic Behaviour on Justice League Set
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Justice League changed directors from original creator Zack Snyder to Joss Whedon when Snyder suffered a family tragedy. Since the reworked Whedon cut of the film underperformed critically and commercially, the Snyder Cut became long-awaited by fans who trusted the director’s vision. Finally, the Snyder Cut will release on HBO Max in 2021. In light of this, Fisher recently called out “gross” and “unprofessional” behavior by Joss Whedon and his “enablers,” DC executives Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.
In a series of tweets on multiple occasions Fisher, outlined the allegations, albeit vaguely. His first target was Joss Whedon himself when he retracted a statement praising Whedon at SDCC before Justice League’s release. He shot off the first salvo, discussing how Whedon’s behavior onset was extremely inappropriate. Fisher hasn’t expounded on the allegations since, for apparent legal reasons.
Fisher then targeted DC executive and prolific comic book writer Geoff Johns. Going into a bit more detail than the Whedon allegations, Fisher outlined how Johns disregarded his complaints and threatened his career. During Justice Con, Fisher explained that the lack of detail is because he wants to follow proper channels and take formal action based on these allegations. And that process appears to be underway.
WarnerMedia Launches Investigation After Ray Fisher’s Claims
I believe this investigation will show that Geoff Johns, Joss Whedon, Jon Berg (and others) grossly abused their power during the uncertainty of AT&T’s merger with Time Warner.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) August 20, 2020
A recent Variety report puts forth that WarnerMedia, producers of Justice League, have launched an investigation after Ray Fisher’s claims. WarnerMedia’s investigation will reportedly take a look at the alleged toxic behavior on the set of Justice League. The report does clarify that the investigation isn’t solely focused on the three that Fisher named. The investigation will also not happen in the public realm, both to maintain objectivity and some sense of ‘damage control.’ Fisher even corroborated the news in tweets of his own, portraying WarnerMedia and parent company AT&T in a very positive light.
During this entire situation, I’ve often wondered what the point of Fisher’s vague tweets were. Clearly, this was a calculated move on his part to ensure public awareness of this issue. With the might of Snyder Cut fans at his back, this pressure likely caused the Warnermedia investigation after Ray Fisher’s claims. And despite what legal action Fisher may be taking, this investigation is a huge step in the right direction. However, whether anything comes out of it is still unknown.
Not the First Time WB Faced Justice League-Related Allegations
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Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that internal issues with WB Executives had something to do with to Justice League. Former Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara had to leave his position once a report of an affair became public as part of the #MeToo movement. His exit from the company was directly as part of a scandal involving sexual misconduct involving an actress. Fujihara was notably responsible for ordering a much shorter cut of Justice League and was head when the movie released. This, along with the massive layoffs recently made by DC, it definitely makes it seem like the company has many issues to resolve.
Neither WB, Whedon or Johns reacted to any of Fisher’s allegations, nor the new of the investigation thus far.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.