We’re not quite finished hearing about allegations against Joss Whedon from the set of Justice League. In a more in depth interview with Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film, with The Hollywood Reporter, more details about Whedon’s misconduct on the set of Justice League‘s reshoots have been revealed, including the fact that the filmmaker openly threatened Gal Gadot’s career over lines of dialogue.
New details about bullying and verbal abuse have emerged and have possibly become the final nails in the coffin that in Joss Whedon’s career.
While we have yet to hear any details of abuse, bullying, or threats on the sets of MCU’s record-breaking box office hits The Avengers or Avengers: Age of Ultron sources from the set of Justice League’s reshoots in 2017 have shared shocking incidents.
According to the latest The Hollywood Reporter interview with Ray Fisher,
“Whedon clashed with all the stars in the movie, including Jeremy Irons. However, Gal Gadot was extremely unhappy and ended up taking her complaints to the then chairman of Warner Bros. She had concerns over Whedon’s rewrites, including “issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in Wonder Woman. She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next.”
The biggest clash, sources say, came when Whedon pushed Gadot to record lines she didn’t like, threatened to harm Gadot’s career and disparaged Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. While Fisher declines to discuss any of what transpired with Gadot, a witness on the production who later spoke to investigators says that after one clash, “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 knowledgeable source says Gadot and Jenkins went to battle, culminating in a meeting with then-Warners chairman Kevin Tsujihara. Asked for comment, Gadot says in a statement: “I had my issues with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner.”
While it seems to be apparent that Gal Gadot has said all she’s prepared to share about her experience with Whedon, it’s becoming clear now that Whedon created a toxic environment for more than just Ray Fisher on the set of Justice League and Charisma Carpenter on the set of 1990’s-early 2000’s cult TV classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
It is unknown why Warner Bros. chose to have Joss Whedon, a completely different director from Zack Snyder complete the 2017 film, but it is painfully obvious that they made the wrong choice, not only for their bottom line, but also for the actors who were forced to endure his wrath.
Joia DaVida reports on the entertainment industry in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Joia@reel360.com