Ray Fisher Lambasts WarnerMedia’s ‘Justice League’ Investigation Findings
On March 22, 2021, Justice League star Ray Fisher took to his Twitter to voice his dissent towards a statement made by WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff regarding the company’s investigation into the alleged misconduct during the filming of the 2017 superhero epic.
The Timeline of Events
On May 22, 2017, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder stepped away from Justice League to spend more time with his family, following his daughter’s suicide.
Shortly after Snyder announced he was stepping down, Joss Whedon was appointed as the new director. At the time of Snyder’s resignation, it was reported that Snyder hired Whedon to help write some additional scenes.
However, in Snyder’s recent interview with Vanity Fair, he disclosed Whedon was brought in by WarnerMedia and was working on the movie before his departure for rewrites and was given more creative power over time.
Furthermore, Snyder conceded that stepping down from the movie was his call entirely.
Following the release of Justice League, many disappointed fans campaigned, demanding the release of Snyder’s cut of the film. The fans successfully created an online petition with over 179K supporters.
On the second anniversary of the movie, the cast members and Snyder took to their social media to request the studio to release his version of the movie.
Following the three years-long battle with the studio, On May 20, 2020, Warner Bros finally announced that they would release Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max.
On July 1, 2020, Fisher made headlines when he shared his disapproval of director Joss Whedon’s behavior towards the cast and crew of Justice League via his Twitter.
In his Tweet, the actor pointed out that the director’s on-set treatment towards his cast and crew was “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable. “
Furthermore, the actor also accused Geoff Johns, writer and Chief Creative Officer, and Jon Berg, Co-president of Production, of enabling the director to act in such a manner.
Joss Wheadon’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.
Accountability>Entertainment — Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020
Although Fisher did not provide supporting details regarding his claim, WarnerMedia did further investigating late last year regarding the alleged misconduct by Whedon during the production of the DC film four years ago.
The Tweet Thread
The five Tweet thread on Fisher’s account began after he came across the statements made by WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff in her Variety interview.
Sarnoff revealed that after Fisher’s allegations of misconduct, there had been an investigation into Whedon’s behavior.
Talking more about the investigation, Sarnoff concluded that their investigator Walter Hamada revealed the cuts made in Whedon’s Justice League were not racially motivated.
When asked whether she was aware of the non-disclosure-agreement that Fisher had to sign, she expressed she was unaware of it.
Raging over Sarnoff’s statements, the actor Tweeted that the studio was not ready to take the blame for what they had done and were hiding the finds of the investigation.
In his series of Tweets, the actor expressed disdain over the studio’s attempts to solely blame Joss Whedon, when in his estimation, the whole executive board was in on it.