The battle between Justice League star Ray Fisher and DC Films president Walter Hamada have hit another … What, top? Nadir? Hypnotic conflict? Choose your choice tonight when Fisher announced that he was formally removed from a planned appearance as Victor “Cyborg” Stone in Andy Muschietti’s prolonged pregnancy Flash movie. This is coming, not quite unpredictably after a statement Fisher made late last year in which he said he would refuse to work on a film produced by Hamada, and Hamada is still firmly entrenched at DC Films, So yes.
In a long and passionate Twitter post, Fisher laid out his problems with Hamada in his clearest language to dateaccuses him of a phone call back in June for deliberately ignoring and trying to downplay issues the actor had with former DC film director Geoff Johns, whom Fisher along with producer Jon Berg and director Joss Whedon have accused of racist and violent behavior during recording of Justice League. This phone call – which also contained, in Fisher’s description, a “tasteless self-conscious joke” about Hamada in hopes of not ending up on Fisher’s Twitter –seems to have been the origin of Fisher’s later claims that Hamada had happily “thrown [Whedon and Berg] under the bus ”in favor of Johns, who was even pushed back hard by a statement from Warner Bros. in September.
Admittedly, most of the above are is old news in this long and often outrageously vague story. Here’s where things get a little juicier, though: Fisher goes on to accuse Hamada of deliberately covering up Johns’ behavior, including allegations of manipulating the film’s lengthy third-party investigation that ended last month, but about which we have not been publicly familiar with details. In his statement, Fisher – as alleged have seen the conclusions of the study –claims that the investigation “Was able to expose Geoff John’s racist, coercive, discriminatory and retaliatory conduct during his time with WarnerMedia affiliates” as well as claim that it “led to a more immediate parting of ways between WarnerMedia and Joss Whedon.” Again, we did not see any of the results of the study – all we got at the time was WarnerMedia who noticed it “Remedial action” was taken –but the timeline do solved short to Whedon suddenly departing his HBO Max series The Nevers back at the end of November 2020.
Fisher concludes his statement by synchronizing Hamada as “unfit for leadership” and declaring himself willing to take a polygraph to back up any of his claims. WarnerMedia and DC Films have not responded so far – or even confirmed yet that Fisher is out of the film, even though they had done so reportedly working on plans to write him off Lightning for a while now.