‘Justice League’ Star Ray Fisher Claims DC Films President Ready to Throw Joss Whedon ‘Under the Bus’
Ray Fisher has been calling out Justice League filmmakers Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, and Joss Whedon for unprofessional behavior on set. In a recent tweet, the actor claimed that the president of DC Films reached out to him to address the alleged abuses, and was ready to throw Whedon and Berg under the bus on one condition.
Ray Fisher slams his ‘Justice League’ producers and director
In July 2020, Fisher took to Twitter to slam Justice League director Joss Whedon for being abusive on set. And in the tweet, he claimed that producers Jon Berg and Geoff Johns knew about the behavior and did nothing about it.
“Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable,” Fisher wrote in the tweet. “He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. Accountability>Entertainment.”
Berg made a statement soon after, denying any complicity. Then, in early August, Fisher called Johns out specifically, claiming he neglected to take the actor’s grievances seriously and indirectly threatened his career.
“During the LA reshoots for Justice League, Geoff Johns summoned me to his office to belittle and admonish my (and my agent’s) attempts to take grievances up the proper chain of command,” he tweeted. “He then made a thinly veiled threat to my career. This behavior cannot continue.”
An investigation was opened by WarnerMedia
In late August, Fisher revealed that WarnerMedia had launched a third-party investigation into the alleged abuses on the set of Justice League. The actor noted that this inquiry was a “massive step forward” and hoped it would prove his claims to be true.
“After 5 weeks of interviews with various cast/crew, @WarnerMedia has officially launched an independent third-party investigation to get to the heart of the toxic and abusive work environment created during Justice League reshoots,” he wrote in a tweet. “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. Thank you @WarnerMedia and @ATT for making strides to ensure a safer workplace for all!”
Fisher claims DC Films President Walter Hamada offered to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus
Two weeks into the WarnerMedia investigation, Fisher claimed that DC Films President Walter Hamada reached out to him. He said the executive offered to throw Whedon and Berg under the bus if Fisher took the blame of off Johns, who is currently involved with a number of DC projects, including Stargirl and the upcoming Green Lantern series.
“After speaking out about Justice League, I received a phone call from the President of DC Films wherein he attempted to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus in hopes that I would relent on Geoff Johns,” Fisher tweeted. “I will not.”
WarnerMedia responds, claiming Fisher hasn’t been cooperative
In response to Fisher’s allegations about Hamada, WarnerMedia released a statement refuting his claims. The studio defended Hamada and claimed that Fisher has not been cooperating with the investigation. The full statement is as follows:
“In July, Ray Fisher’s representatives asked DC Films President Walter Hamada to talk to Mr. Fisher about his concerns during the production of Justice League. The two had previously spoken when Mr. Hamada asked him to reprise his role as Cyborg in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Flash movie, together with other members of the Justice League.
“In their July conversation, Mr. Fisher recounted disagreements he’d had with the film’s creative team regarding his portrayal of Cyborg, and complained that his suggested script revisions were not adopted. Mr. Hamada explained that creative differences are a normal part of the production process, and that a film’s writer/director ultimately has to be in charge of these matters.
“Notably, Mr. Hamada also told Mr. Fisher that he would elevate his concerns to WarnerMedia so they could conduct an investigation. At no time did Mr. Hamada ever ‘throw anyone under the bus,’ as Mr. Fisher has falsely claimed, or render any judgments about the Justice League production, in which Mr. Hamada had no involvement since filming occurred before Mr. Hamada was elevated to his current position.
“While Mr. Fisher never alleged any actionable misconduct against him, WarnerMedia nonetheless initiated an investigation into the concerns he’d raised about his character’s portrayal. Still not satisfied, Mr. Fisher insisted that WarnerMedia hire an independent third-party investigator.
“This investigator has attempted multiple times to meet with Mr. Fisher to discuss his concerns but, to date, Mr. Fisher has declined to speak to the investigator. Warner Bros. remains committed to accountability and to the well-being of every cast and crew member on each of its productions. It also remains committed to investigating any specific and credible allegation of misconduct, which thus far Mr. Fisher has failed to provide.”
The results of the WarnerMedia investigation have not been released. And it seems as if this back and forth will continue until a resolution is met. However, Fisher is still slated to reprise his role as Cyborg in the upcoming DC Film, The Flash.