Ray Fisher Speaks Up about Whedon’s Abuse of Power and Racism from Geoff Johns.
Cyborg, Justice League, actor Ray Fisher is speaking up. What’s on his mind: Joss Whedon’s abuse of power during the reshoots, filming of Justice League. Ray Fisher started speaking publicly about the mistreatment, at first through his twitter account. First, specifying “Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable. He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.”
Ray Fisher Breaks Silence Over Whedon’s Abuse of Power
Ray Fisher finally breaks his silence and says “If I can’t get accountability,” he says, “at least I can make people aware of who they’re dealing with.” As he went through the hierarchy of people in charge of addressing the Joss Whedon’s abuse of power and mistreatment, Fisher found that he wasn’t being taken seriously. Any investigation was actually just an attempt to sweep everything under the rug.
Ray Fisher, “I don’t believe..these people are fit for positions of Leadership.”
“I don’t believe some of these people are fit for positions of leadership,” Fisher continued, “I don’t want them excommunicated from Hollywood, but I don’t think they should be in charge of the hiring and firing of other people.” This comes at a time when there have been multiple actors exposing the vile treatment they had to deal with from Whedon and Johns. Bridgerton actor Regé-Jean Page was denied an audition (playing Superman’s grandfather on Krypton) because he was black. Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress, Charisma Carpenter spoke to the many abuses that she encountered from Wedon while pregnant including being taunted daily. Joss Whedon’s abuse of power has caused many issues for the actress to this day.
Fishers comments sparked a lot of interest from fans at what transpired on the set under Joss Whedon and Geoff Johns. Even more so, when his co-stars Jason Mamoa and Gal Gadot supported his claims of mistreatment and Joss Whedon’s abuse of power.
Snyder’s Departure; Whedon’s Abuse of Power
Snyder officially stepped away, after his daughter’s death and unable to complete the film, that’s when Whedon was brought in. Whedon’s primary objective was to produce a commercial friendly hit comparable to Avengers. But when he was brought in, the atmosphere changed on set. He began playing fast and loose with the source material and making threats. Joss Whedon’s abuse of power was agregious. Joss Maintained he was in control and everyone needed to fall in line.
Cyborg’s Story Was Reduced from Final Cut
The biggest change was Cyborg’s story. According to Fisher and Snyder, they both agreed that Cyborg’s story arc was the crux of the film. Cyborg’s character is most changed from beginning to end. Victor Stone comes from a place of deep despair and ends in a place of full acceptance and loved. But, we don’t see that arc in the Whedon release.
Also gone was the allowed input from Ray Fischer regarding his character. His imput was needed do justice to a black family story. A story that isn’t portrayed very often. A story of two very capable and genius parents and the dynamics with their son, also gifted athletically and intellectually. When Fischer approached Whedon to give input, Whedon replied, “It feels like I’m taking notes right now, and I don’t like taking notes from anybody–not even Robert Downing Jr.” It was clear Whedon was not open to any criticism.Whedon’s abuse of power and any means to assert his control was his main focus.
Ray FIsher’s Claims Were Silenced Regarding Whedon’s Abuse of Power.
Fischer felt he was being ignored and treated unfairly. Ray Fisher went to Johns and Emmerich. Johns responded with “I consider us to be friends and I Just don’t want you to make a bad name for yourself in the business.” Fisher felt threatened further. Johns’ rep counter saying, “Johns never made a threat but told Fisher that creative differences were not normally taken to the head of a film studio by an actor’s agent.”
His co-stars also dealt with Whedon’s abuse of power. Gadot also struggled with her concerns with the revised version of the film. At one point, Whedon wanted her character to plant on her boobs, which she took issue with. Whedon pushed Gadot to record lines she didn’t like and threatened to harm Gadot’s career. A witness on the production staff, later spoke to investigators regarding this incident. Her statement, “Joss was bragging that he’s had it out with Gal. He told her he’s the writer and she’s going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie.”
A few weeks later, Momoa also spoke out with an Instagram post. “I just think it’s f***** up that people released a fake Frosty announcement without my permission to try to distract from Ray Fisher speaking up about the sh**** way we were treated on Justice League reshoots,” It was clear due to many actors backing his claim, that indeed Joss Whedon abused his power.
In closing, the up and coming actor, Ray Fisher, shared this on twitter, “I don’t praise Chris Terrio and Zack Snyder 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!”