Joss Whedon Finally Responds to Claims From ‘Justice League’ Stars Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot

Directo Joss Whedon has addressed charges of wrongdoing on the set of Justice League.

Whedon reacted to charges from actresses Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot about maltreatment during reshoots for Justice League, which Whedon managed after original director Zack Snyder left due to the loss of his daughter, Autumn, in a piece published Monday in New York magazine.

Fisher, who plays Cyborg in the film, accused Whedon of “abusive, unprofessional” behavior on production in the summer of 2020. Fisher recalled feeling compelled to “explain some of the most fundamental principles of what would be hurtful to the Black community” in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published in April 2021.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa has spoken out in support of Fisher, while Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot has stated that Whedon is a threat to her career. Whedon, who rose to notoriety by developing the fan-favorite TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was also accused of “hostile and poisonous” conduct on the set of that program by star Charisma Carpenter.

Whedon’s theatrical edit of Justice League drastically curtailed Fisher’s Victor Stone/Cyborg role, and the filmmaker stated in New York that he just did not believe Fisher gave a decent performance. “We’re talking about a malevolent force,” Whedon said of Fisher. “We’re talking about a bad actor in both senses.”

Whedon’s career has been in a downward spiral since Fisher first mentioned his experiences on the set of Justice League. He stepped down as showrunner of HBO’s The Nevers and has no upcoming projects. Whedon’s comments in the New York magazine piece are the first time he has addressed the charges. Previously, an attorney and a Whedon spokeswoman rejected some of them following Fisher’s interview with Forbes in early 2021.

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