Justice League actor Ray Fisher has labeled Warner Bros’ investigation into director Joss Whedon’s initial behavior as suspicious, claiming it was intended to protect top executives he believes are not “ suitable for leadership positions. ”
Fisher is still demanding an apology from the studio for handling the investigation he insisted on following his work with Whedon, who directed Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on the set of the 2017 Justice League movie.
The 33-year-old actor has repeatedly hit Whedon, producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg and other film managers on Twitter over the past year for what he claims to be racist and inappropriate behavior during the filming of the movie.
He also claims that Warner Bros later made a cover up regarding the investigation and a smear campaign against him after deciding to come forward.
In his first comprehensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter On the ordeal, Fisher has now dismissed the studio’s handling of the allegations, claiming that some executives are unsuitable for their positions.
Justice League actor Ray Fisher has labeled Warner Bros’ investigation into director Joss Whedon’s initial behavior suspicious because he claims it was meant to protect top executives
The studio’s parent company, WarnerMedia, said in December that the investigation into Fisher’s complaints had been completed and that “ corrective action ” had been taken.
It didn’t go further, and Fisher has since demanded that the results of the investigation be made public.
Speaking of what he thought was a cover by studio executives in relation to the study, Fisher said, “I don’t believe some of these people are fit for leadership positions.
“I don’t want them to be excommunicated from Hollywood, but I don’t think they should be responsible for hiring and firing other people.”
He said he feels like he was able to make a point in the past year.
“If I can’t be accountable … at least I can make people aware of who they are dealing with.”
Whedon and the studio have not commented on Fisher’s allegations.
Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film, first came out publicly last July with his allegations against Whedon when he claimed the director had engaged in abusive behavior on set and that producers Johns and Berg had enabled him.
Fisher, who played Cyborg (above) in the film, first came out publicly last July with his allegations against Whedon when he claimed the director had engaged in abusive behavior on set.
The 33-year-old actor has repeatedly hit Whedon, producers Geoff Johns (left) and Jon Berg (right) and other film executives on Twitter for what he claims to be racist and inappropriate behavior during the filming of the movie.
He has now detailed those allegations for the first time, telling THR that he felt he needed to “explain the most fundamental points of what would be offensive to the black community.”
Fisher also says there were discussions with top executives that they couldn’t have an “ angry black man ” in the middle of the movie.
He said tensions escalated when the issue came up for his character to say ‘booyah’.
Fisher said his agent eventually called studio chief Toby Emmerich about his concerns on set.
He claims that Johns later called him for a meeting to say that Fisher’s agent calling studio drivers was “ just not cool. ”
He said, ‘I consider us friends’ – who he knew we weren’t -‘ and I just don’t want you to make a bad name for yourself in the industry, ” Fisher recalled he said.
A spokesman for Johns has denied making such threats.
The 33-year-old actor has repeatedly spoken out on Twitter over the past year about his ordeal with Whedon and the producers on set.
He also claimed another cover by Warner Bros regarding the investigation, and accused DC movie boss Walter Hamada of meddling.
Fisher also once claimed that the studio ran a smear campaign against him after he decided to come forward
After the investigation started in August last year, Fisher claims the trial was suspicious because he said it appeared it was intended to protect the studio’s executives.
In response, Fisher said he felt he needed to step up his protests on Twitter. He claims it resulted in the studio publicly smearing him.
After a tweet in September accusing DC movie boss Walter Hamada of throwing Whedon and Berg “ under the bus ” to protect Johns, the studio released a statement calling the actor’s allegations untrue.
The studio also said Fisher declined to speak to investigators “ multiple ” times.
Fisher, who described that statement as a “ hit, ” said he demanded an apology for several weeks, but to no avail.
He said he subsequently learned that the investigation was completed in December and that in January of this year he found out that his Cyborg character had been removed from an upcoming The Flash movie.
Fisher said he knew that statements could hurt his career and ultimately cost him a place in the DC movie world.
“When I first spoke up, I assumed there was no way these guys would enable me to do my job in peace,” he said.
“I don’t owe Hollywood so much for not being willing to put myself out there.”