Whedon reportedly told star Gadot that “he is the author and she will shut up and say the lines.”
In the past year, “Justice League” star Ray Fisher has used social media to speak out against both the film’s reshoot director Joss Whedon and Warner Bros. executives, but he has now given his first full sit-down interview on the matter with The Hollywood Reporter. Included in the long Fisher profile are details that expand the alleged full relationship between Whedon and Fisher’s “Justice League” co-star Gal Gadot.
The “Wonder Woman” actress said in December 2020 that her experience with Whedon was “not the best”, and now THR reports that Gadot per. “A savvy source”
The THR report claims that sources shared that “the biggest clash … came when Whedon pushed Gadot to record lines she disliked, threatened to damage Gadot’s career and fired ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins. While Fisher refuses to discuss any of what happened to Gadot, a witness about the production, who later spoke to investigators, says that after a collision, Joss boasted that he had had it out with Gal. He told her that he is the author, and she will shut up and say the lines, and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie. ‘”
A source also told the outlet that Gadot had “problems with her character being more aggressive than her character in ‘Wonder Woman.’ She wanted the character to flow from one film to the next. ”
Gadot and Jenkins allegedly “went into battle” against Whedon, resulting in a meeting with then-Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Gadot said in a statement to THR: “I had my problems with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner. “IndieWire has reached out to representatives of Whedon, Gadot and Warner Bros. for further comments.
The Fisher profile also includes new details about the Cyborg actor’s fights with Whedon and Warner Bros. executives. A point of contention between Fisher and executive Geoff Johns was over Cyborg’s physical appearance, with Johns allegedly asking Fisher to “play the character less like Frankenstein and more like the friendly Quasimodo.” The infamous Cyborg line “booyah” in the Whedon cut was reportedly also a source of excitement.
Per THR: “Fisher says that Johns had approached [original ‘Justice League’ director Zack] Cheats about including the line, but the instructor would not have any sentences. He managed the situation by putting the word on some characters in his version of the film as an Easter egg. But Johns ‘rep says the whole study thought the booyah line was’ a fun moment of synergy. ‘”
Fisher told THR that the inclusion of the slogan in the live-action “Justice League” was reminiscent of “Black figures in pop culture with defining phrases: Gary Coleman’s ‘Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?’; Jimmie Walker’s ‘Dy-no-mite!’ Fisher noted that no one else in the Justice League had a slogan and that “it seemed strange to have the only black character saying it.”
Visit The Hollywood Reporter website to read more from the Fisher profile.