Gal Gadot Says Joss Whedon Threatened to Make Her Career ‘Miserable’
Gal Gadot is now an indelible part of DC’s Extended Universe thanks to her roles in Justice League and Wonder Woman as the lasso-wielding icon. While the Snyder Cut cast a spotlight on her again, so do the ongoing discussions about embattled director Joss Whedon.
After actor Ray Fisher leveled complaints against him, others have trickled in with similar stories about workplace misconduct and toxic behavior. Gadot’s spoken briefly about her experience with Whedon, but she recently confirmed how things escalated with him on set.
Gal Gadot was part of the Ray Fisher/Joss Whedon investigation
As many fans already know, once Zack Snyder stepped away from filming Justice League in 2017, Joss Whedon took over. Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film, publicly called Whedon on Twitter in July 2020, citing “gross, abusive, unprofessional” behavior. After some back and forth with Warner Bros., the studio launched an investigation.
Jason Momoa was one co-star who supported Fisher and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Gal Gadot issued complaints against Whedon too. Unnamed sources told the outlet Whedon made negative comments about Patty Jenkins and Gadot on set and told the actor he had the power to make her look stupid on screen.
It’s said that she ran her concerns up the chain of command. When THR published their in-depth piece on the subject in April, Gadot’s team summed up their confirmation in one statement. “I had my issues with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner,” she said.
Gadot says Whedon threatened her career
A new interview with Gadot is making the rounds. She recently appeared on Israel’s N12 news and discussed her role as Wonder Woman in the titular films and Justice League. When asked about Whedon, Gadot admitted that he threatened her.
“I had my issues with Joss and I handled it. He threatened my career and said that if I do something he will make sure my career is miserable and I took care of it on the spot,” she said.
Per the THR report, Gadot raised concerns about her character’s lines and change of direction following Snyder’s exit. Whedon allegedly tried to make Wonder Woman “more aggressive” than she was in Jenkins’ film and Gadot preferred to keep the hero aligned and consistent.
In February, she told the Los Angeles Times that she supported Fisher. “I’m happy for Ray to go out and speak his truth,” said Gadot. “I wasn’t there with the guys when they shot with Joss Whedon – I had my own experience with [him], which wasn’t the best one, but I took care of it there and when it happened. I took it to the higher ups and they took care of it. But I’m happy for Ray to go up and say his truth.”
Whedon hasn’t made any public statements since a wave of actors called him out. After leaving HBO’s The Nevers, it is unclear whether he intends to work on any more projects.