A couple of months ago, Justice League actor Ray Fisher came out swinging with allegations against Joss Whedon and producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg of abusive and unprofessional behavior on the set of the reshoots for the Justice League.
Not long after, Fisher shared the news that Warner Bros. launched an official third-party investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. He explained at the time that this investigation was a “massive step forward.” He’s been so confident that they would find that his allegations were true.
Fisher most recently came after DC Film chief Walter Hamada saying, “After speaking out about Justice League, I received a phone call from the President of DC Films wherein he attempted to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus in hopes that I would relent on Geoff Johns. I will not.”
Well, after he posted that Tweet on Friday, Warner Bros. responded, firing back at him, and calling him out. They deny his claims and are pretty much calling him a liar. In fact, they say that Fisher won’t even participate in the investigation that was launched!
You can read the full response released by a Warner Bros. spokesperson below:
In July, Ray Fisher’s representatives asked DC Films President Walter Hamada to talk to Mr. Fisher about his concerns during the production of “Justice League.” The two had previously spoken when Mr. Hamada asked him to reprise his role as Cyborg in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Flash movie, together with other members of the Justice League. In their July conversation, Mr. Fisher recounted disagreements he’d had with the film’s creative team regarding his portrayal of Cyborg, and complained that his suggested script revisions were not adopted. Mr. Hamada explained that creative differences are a normal part of the production process, and that a film’s writer/director ultimately has to be in charge of these matters. Notably, Mr. Hamada also told Mr. Fisher that he would elevate his concerns to WarnerMedia so they could conduct an investigation. At no time did Mr. Hamada ever “throw anyone under the bus,” as Mr. Fisher has falsely claimed, or render any judgments about the “Justice League” production, in which Mr. Hamada had no involvement, since filming occurred before Mr. Hamada was elevated to his current position.
While Mr. Fisher never alleged any actionable misconduct against him, WarnerMedia nonetheless initiated an investigation into the concerns he’d raised about his character’s portrayal. Still not satisfied, Mr. Fisher insisted that WarnerMedia hire an independent third party investigator. This investigator has attempted multiple times to meet with Mr. Fisher to discuss his concerns but, to date, Mr. Fisher has declined to speak to the investigator. Warner Bros. remains committed to accountability and to the well-being of every cast and crew member on each of its productions. It also remains committed to investigating any specific and credible allegation of misconduct, which thus far Mr. Fisher has failed to provide.
So, as of right now the studio and the third-party investigator that was hired to look into the matter have not found any credible allegations of misconduct and Fisher has failed to provide any details on them. This isn’t looking good for him. If what he’s claiming is true, why isn’t he talking to this third-party investigator that he asked for!?
After all this, who knows if Fisher will even get to reprise his role of Cyborg in The Flash. Fisher is in a situation where he needs to either step up or bow out. He can’t make all of these claims and then not be a part of the investigation. He has to be an active participant for it to work.