Justice League star Ray Fisher has accused director Joss Whedon of “collaborative gas lighting” during troubled riots for the DC movie.
League of Justice Star Ray Fisher has accused director Joss Whedon of “collaborative gas lighting” during troubled riots for the DC movie. Fisher plays Cyborg, a young man enhanced by technology after a terrible accident brings him to the brink of death. League of Justice it was originally meant to focus a lot more on Cyborg than the theatrical cut would suggest. Amid clashes with the studio and a family tragedy, original director Zack Snyder resigned from half of the project’s production, replaced by Avengers director Joss Whedon.
Whedon radically altered the film’s script, re-filming massive parts of the film. That version of the movie essentially didn’t appeal to anyone, bombing the box office and taking a critical beating. What has become more apparent in recent months is that Whedon not only directed a turkey, but also created a toxic environment while making the film. In fact, previous contributors like Buffy the Vampire Slayer Y Angel star Charisma Carpenter has come forward to suggest a pattern of behavior with Whedon that revolves around the director’s rudeness and casual cruelty on set.
Fisher has been the most vocal member of the League of Justice issued on Whedon’s alleged transgressions, reiterating in an interview with Vanity fair that the director created a toxic atmosphere on set and disregarded the notes of the actors and the crew. Fisher claims Whedon had a chip on his shoulder about the polarizing response to Avengers: Age of Ultron, mistakenly referred to Wonder Woman as “Natasha,” and was quick to reject any collaborative efforts on the part of the actors. Fisher’s full comment can be read below:
What ended up happening, I think, was some collaborative gas lighting that we got from Joss. We ended up getting an email before the new filming, I think it was sent to the entire cast. It was an email that said, “Hey, we’re really trying to fix this. Obviously, this is a difficult situation. Any questions, comments, blah blah blah, feel free to share. “We learned pretty quickly that that wasn’t the case at all. That was just the niceties of what was really going to happen, which is, well, I’m not going to get into it too much. Thing is, there’s an ongoing investigation into that, and we’re trying to get everything back on track with that.
There were some things that did not happen to me that I witnessed that I cannot speak to at this time. That’s for the people it happened to, to talk. You could very quickly say that [Whedon] I was very upset because people didn’t like it Ultron age a lot of. This is what I gathered from the first conversation I had with him. There was a bit of this kind of selfish narcissism that ended up getting into everything I was trying to do.
You can see it in some of the scenes that occurred. Flash falling on Wonder Woman [chest] it’s something that he got from Ultron age and just copy and paste here. In my first creative conversation with him, he kept accidentally calling “Diana” “Natasha,” which is crazy. This was in the conversation they made me have with him before he gave me the script. There was a lot of contempt on set. There was a lot of teasing, both from previous jobs and from actors and people.
At one point he compared me to Robert Downey Jr. and said, “Listen, I don’t like taking notes from anyone, not even Robert Downey Jr.” And I said, “Well, it’s okay. Be that as it may … “
That was the first phone conversation he and I had about the actual script. And so, two notes inside, it cuts me square and says, boom. This is what it is. And I said, “Okay, the email you sent is not the one I receive now. So I’ll just follow the signal and just back off. “But you can tell he had a lot of resentment about the situation with the Marvel side of things. It just felt weird and weird. But we ended up getting the worst of whatever was going on in that moment. I don’t know what that was, but whatever it is, I can’t go on …. This kind of thing can’t go on. I mean, I said it before: if this is the only movie I’m lucky enough to make, I’ll take it. and I’ll go, because there will never be another movie that happens like this.
Fisher were just the first in a flood of allegations of troubling behavior from Whedon. As mentioned, Charisma Carpenter recounted a horrible encounter she had with Whedon while starring in the television series. Angel, where he berated her for getting pregnant and interfering with a story. Carpenter was fired the following season. A group of Buffy Y Angel actors have come to Carpenter’s defense, some overriding Whedon more forcefully than others.
The story has something of a happy ending, of course. HBO Max is allowing Snyder to finish his version of League of Justice, which will be a massive four-hour epic using very little theatrical cut footage. Fisher notes that virtually all of the Cyborg footage in the theatrical cut was by Whedon, so the character will essentially have a whole new character arc in the Snyder cut. Whedon’s supposedly abusive behavior can’t be undone, but at least fans will finally get the movie they’ve been clamoring for all these years.
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Source: Vanity fair
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