joss whedon and variety really have the nerve!! and the absolute gall!! to drop a whedon editorial article with him slandering the cast of jl and saying they’re bad actors (ray) and they can’t speak english (gal) when he literally abused them onset!!! and got away with it!!!
This is actually fucking ridiculous how no one is saying ANYTHING about the Joss Whedon article that came out on MLK day that attacks Ray Fisher specifically and gaslights everyone involved in Justice League that spoke out against Whedon. How are y’all NOT talking about this??????????
Friendly Reminder that Adam Vary, the person who did the interview and write up of Anthony Mackie’s interview is ALSO the same guy that twisted John Boyega’s comments to make it look as though he called Kelly Marie Tran “weak minded” after she was bullied off of Twitter. He is ALSO the same person that took Ray Fisher’s words out of context and sent a Twitter mob after him.
It’s almost like this man has a history of targeting Black men and twisting their words for clickbait headlines.
It shouldn’t have taken a white person backing up his statements for film twitter to pay attention and listen to Ray Fisher, but I am so proud of Charisma Carpenter for speaking up about her experiences, and I hope both of them (and any other actor who’s suffered at that man’s hand, but maybe doesn’t have the resources or voice to publicly speak on it) continued healing, love, and support.
It’s kind of telling that Warner Bros is sticking by Justice League (2017) as the canonical version of the film and not Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021).
This is the same movie where:
Joss Whedon oversexualised Wonder Woman by adding in gratuitous butt shots (which Snyder removed) and had The Flash fall on Wonder Woman’s cleavage, a joke stolen from his previous movie; Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Gadot reportedly refused to shoot that scene and so her stunt double was used.
Whedon also reportedly threatened Gadot’s career and locked her in a room.
The majority of POC characters were erased from the movie such as: Elinor Stone (Karen Bryson) Ryan Choi (Kai Zheng), Iris West (Kiersey Clemons) etc.
Executives Toby Emmerich, Geoff Johns and Jon Beg held racist conversations that led to the cutting of said POC characters.
Cyborg’s emotional back story and character arc, was thrown completely out of the window.
Ray Fisher was told that “we can’t an angry Black man at the center of the movie” by a literal room full of studio executives.
The head of DC Films called Ray Fisher and told him not to throw Geoff Johns under the bus, thus attempting to derail the investigation.
Cyborg’s origins were reshot (despite being shown in Batman v Superman) to highlight the existence of his penis.
In the fallout of the movie and Ray Fisher’s accusations, he has subsequently been fired by WB from the upcoming Flash movie. (A movie where there was never a script without Cyborg.)
The movie was reshot, re-edited and re-hauled massively from Zack Snyder’s original vision whilst the man was in mourning for his daughter who had died that year.
Deborah Snyder and Christopher Nolan, upon seeing this version made a vow that Zack could never see it as “it would break his heart.”
Before the movie was released, Deborah had to report an incident involving Whedon to studio executives.
WB’s continual gaslighting of both Ray Fisher (which still continues at the time of writing) and of the fans by painting them solely as toxic, whilst ignoring the $500,000 raised for AFSP and the toxic environment they helped to create on the set of Justice League (2017); cannot be understated. The attitude taken by the studio, to protect and enable abusers is completely and utterly abhorrent and should not be tolerated.
Even after Zack was granted the rights to release his version of Justice League, WB simply wanted to release the movie in it’s unfinished format and told Zack that he could not use the original ending scene of Bruce Wayne meeting John Stewart (a scene Snyder filmed part of in 2016 and the rest in October 2020). Because of this, Snyder almost walked from the movie as he didn’t “want to take a person of colour out of this movie.”
At the end of the day, Zack Snyder’s Justice League isn’t just a victory for the fans who campaigned long and hard over the last three years but, in the words of Ray Fisher, it’s “ a righting of so many wrongs,”.
Accountability > Entertainment!
Regardless whether you like the film or not, everyone should keep in mind why the Snyder Cut being released is so important.
Not because it’s a “4 hour superior Justice League” but because Zack Snyder’s daughter died, he went off the film to grieve (VERY understandably so), and then Joss Whedon came in and tore his film to absolute shreds while harassing the cast and crew to horrific extents during reshoots.
If you like or dislike the film, that’s perfectly all right, but EVERYONE should look at this and see what a victory it is for Zack Snyder, his family and the cast and crew of the film.
“I don't believe some of these people are fit for positions of leadership,” says Fisher, who explains he's not looking for anyone to be fired. “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.” Fisher knows he's not going to win that battle, but he feels a point has been made. “If I can't get accountability,” he says, “at least I can make people aware of who they're dealing with.”
interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter (2021)
photography by Imani Khayyam