RAy Fisher apparently wasn’t the only one League of Justice cast member to clash with Joss Whedon. Sources say The Hollywood Reporter that the director, who stepped in to finish the film when original director Zack Snyder retired due to a family tragedy, wrestled with all the stars, including Jeremy Irons. He also allegedly had it with Gal Gadot and threatened to damage the Wonder Woman actress’ career after she raised concerns about the character’s consistency.
An “informed source” states that Gadot was concerned about his character’s aggression in League of Justice and “I wanted the character to flow from one movie to another.” A witness said THR that the biggest conflict between her and Whedon arose when she pressured the actress to record lines she didn’t like: “Joss bragged that he had his way,” the witness told the exchange. “He told her that he is the writer and that she is going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie.”
THR reports that Gadot and Wonder Woman Director Patti Jenkins, whom Whedon also allegedly discredited, met with former Warner Bros. president Kevin Tsujihara, who would later resign on misconduct allegations. Gadot said THR in a statement, “I had my problems with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner. “
For decades, Whedon has enjoyed praise as a feminist writer and director, but in recent years, various parties have challenged that reputation. In 2017, his ex-wife Kai Cole wrote a blog post for The coat calling him a “hypocrite who preaches feminist ideals” and claiming that he had hidden multiple issues “and various inappropriate emotionals”, including with actresses, colleagues and fans. A representative for Whedon responded with a statement at the time: “While this account includes inaccuracies and misrepresentations that may be harmful to his family, Joss does not comment, out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife.”
Last summer, Fisher came forward to allege that Whedon tried the League of Justice delivered in a “rude, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable” manner. Months later, the director left the HBO series. The Neversa decision he attributed to the inability to face “the physical challenges of putting on such a great show during a global pandemic.” (The series debuts this Sunday). In its own statement at the time, HBO said: “We have parted ways with Joss Whedon. We remain excited about the future of ‘The Nevers’ and look forward to its release. “
And in february Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel Actress Charisma Carpenter filed her own accusations of bullying. “Joss Whedon abused his power numerous times while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel,” Carpenter wrote. “While he found his misbehavior amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers.”
“While I found his misbehavior amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and distance me from my peers.“
Carpenter added that Whedon “has created hostile and toxic work environments since the beginning of his career.” She described “her continued passive-aggressive threats to fire me” and alleged that he called her “fat” to her colleagues when she was four months pregnant. “He was mean and scathing, he looked down on others openly and often had favorites, pitting people against each other to compete and compete for their attention and approval,” he wrote.
A representative for Joss Whedon did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment at the time Carpenter introduced himself. WarnerMedia, meanwhile, reiterated its statement that in the wake of Fisher’s allegations, the studio hired an outside law firm to conduct a “thorough investigation … led by a former federal judge who assured WarnerMedia that there were no impediments to the investigation. ” . ”
That investigation concluded in December when the study issued a statement stating that “corrective action has been taken.” A representative said THR that for legal and privacy reasons, the study’s policy “is not to publicly disclose the findings or results of an investigation.”
A WarnerMedia representative also provided The Daily Beast with the full statement from researcher Katherine B. Forrest. THR, in which he wrote, in part, “My research involved more than 80 interviews, the review of thousands of pages of documents and more than 2000 hours of work by my colleagues and myself. My team and I contacted every cast and crew member who participated in the new Justice League tapes (600+ people) twice, as well as everyone Ray Fisher specifically requested we interview. We talked to everyone who would talk to us and everyone Mr. Fisher asked us to talk to. I found no credible support for claims of racial animosity or racial insensitivity or disability. “
Representatives for Whedon and Gadot did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for additional comment.