After being charged in July 2020 by Justice League actor Ray Fisher for "gross, abusive, unprofessional" behavior during the production of the 2017 Warner Bros. film, filmmaker Joss Whedon has finally responded to that accusation in a New York profile, as well as to the series of allegations that followed from Gal Gadot and ex The vampire Buffy coworkers.
The profile "The Undoing of Joss Whedon", which was published on Monday morning, also contained new allegations of dishonesty against Whedon, which he also makes.
The loud slap on social media from Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film, against Whedon back in 2020, resulted in WarnerMedia conducting an internal investigation into what went sideways on Justice League, resulted in the media conglomerate vaguely stating in December of that year that "remedial action has been taken" in which the fanboy genre Whedon left the HBO series he created, The Nevers, a month before.
As for Fisher's claims that Whedon brightened the actor's skin tone and cut down on Cyborg's story, Justice League co-writer and director of additional scenes (he stepped in to complete the film after Zack Snyder resigned due to a personal family tragedy), says New York's Lila Shapiro that he brightened the entire film in post-production, including all faces. Whedon said he cut down on Cyborg's role (which was restored and expanded in last year's Snyder cut of the film on HBO Max) because it "logically made no sense," and felt the acting was bad - some sources said. who is familiar with the project, confirms in the profile, with test screening of viewers who see Cyborg as "the worst of all the characters in the film."
Whedon says he spent hours discussing the changes with Fisher and that their discourse was friendly. Whedon says of Fisher: "We're talking about a malicious force ... We're talking about a bad actor in both ways."
Fisher was quick to respond New York piece today, where he writes on Twitter: "It seems that Joss Whedon after all has to instruct a playoffs ... Instead of tackling all the lies and hassles today - I want to celebrate the legacy of Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow the work continues.. #MLKDay. A> E. "
It seems that Joss Whedon is going to direct a play after all ...
Instead of tackling all the lies and hassles today - I want to celebrate the legacy of Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tomorrow the work continues.#MLKDay
- Ray Fisher (@ ray8fisher) January 17, 2022
Whedon says in the extensive interview that his ex-wife did not make his life easier in the press. "I was made a target by my ex-wife, and people took advantage of it cynically ... She sent out a letter saying some bad things I had done and saying some untrue things about me, but I had done the bad things, and then people knew I was comfortable. ”
As for Gadot's claim to the press that Whedon "threatened" her career, the filmmaker said New York, "I do not threaten people. Who does?" and says it was all a misunderstanding. "English is not her first language and I tend to be annoyingly flourishing in my speech," he said.
In response to a scene that Gadot would have cut, Whedon jokingly told the actress that if she wanted to get rid of it, she would have to tie him to a railroad track and do it over his dead body. ‘Then I was told I had said something about her dead body and tie her to the railroad tracks, ”says Whedon. In another email New York, Gadot disagreed with Whedon's sense of events and replied "I understood perfectly."
That New York function also spoke to one Angel actress who said Whedon had threatened her, and told her agent, after she asked for a raise, that the series' co-creator called her at home and said she "would never work for him, or 20th Century Fox, again."
In February 2021, actress Charisma Carpenter said Whedon was "randomly cruel" to her while making Buffy and Angel, calls her fat after she got pregnant, and asked if she "would keep it." Carpenter also claimed that Whedon made fun of her religious beliefs, accused her of sabotaging the show, and fired her a season later after she gave birth. Whedon tells New York about the whole Carpenter situation: "I was not customary," and that he was confused by her account. "Most of my experiences with Charisma were lovely and charming. She sometimes struggled with her cues, but no one could hit a battle line harder than her," said Whedon, who also said "I did not call her fat."
Buffy Actress Michelle Trachtenberg also went out socially last year, saying she could not be alone in a room with Whedon on the set. Whedon told New York he had no idea what the actress was talking about; Shapiro said in the article today "Trachtenberg did not want to elaborate."
A senior member of Buffy tells production team New York that Whedon rolled around on the floor with another actress, scooping and knocking against his chair. Whedon's reply: "It seems false. I do not understand that story a little bit" and adds that he "lived in horror" over the fact that his affairs were discovered.
Whedon also trimmed a story that he got physically involved with Buffy costume designer Cynthia Bergstrom during season 5, her claim was that he grabbed her arm and dug his nails into her skin over a costume dispute. Whedon told New York, "I know I would get angry, but I was never physically with people."
Separately, the New York profile reports that Whedon engaged Erin Shade, who was the showrunner's assistant on Whedon's co-created ABC series Marvel's Agents of SHIELD in a secret relationship when he was 24 and she was 23. That meant she had to pay $ 2,500 to see him write in her home over the weekend as long as she kept quiet about the affair with their superior. Whedon told New York that he "should have handled the situation better."
Deadline reached out to Whedon's representatives. We will update if a response is issued regarding New York Article.