Although Warner Bros. Pictures has completed their study of Justice League co-star Ray Fisher’s work abuse claim against director Joss Whedon, the problem is far from solved.
On Wednesday, Fisher released a comprehensive tweet confirming that WB has fired him from the upcoming film, Lightning—A film in which he was to continue his portrayal of Victor Stone, also known as Cyborg. Per Fisher, his role was expected to be “much bigger than a como” despite misunderstandings.
“I strongly disagree with their decision, but it’s one that is not surprising,” Fisher tweeted.
Fisher further confirmed that he could not “in good conscience” continue to participate in WB productions involving DC Film President Walter Hamada for two different reasons: “[Hamada’s] targeted attempts to undermine Justice League investigation to protect his friend and former co-president, Geoff Johns ”and“[Hamada’s] try to protect myself by contributing to public dissemination of lies and misinformation about myself and Justice League investigation in Warner Bros. Pictures’ 4. September statement to The Wrap. ”
Earlier this month, WarnerMedia claimed they were not pushing Fisher out of the role, citing Fisher’s public announcement that he refused to work with Hamada. Fisher denied that he stopped Lightning dog film.
“The investigation was conducted by an external law firm and led by a former federal judge,” a WB rep said. in a statement to The Wrapafter reports that the production company would not reorganize Fisher’s role after his departure. “More than 80 people were interviewed. We have full confidence in its thoroughness and integrity, and remedial action has been taken. The investigation is complete and it is time to move on. ”
In Wednesday’s tweet, Fisher doubled his claims that Hamada was trying to protect and “cover for” Johns, as Fisher brought the substance abuse problems to him for escalation, including when Fisher made Hamada’s aware that Johns was “a major contributor to the problems experienced, including blatant racism. “
As the deadline notes, the study completed with an unspecified “remedial action”. Variety reports that Johns (who no longer has an executive role in DC since 2018) continues to have a relationship with WB as the study confirmed and produced titles such as Stargirl, Batwoman, Judge patrol, Superman & Lois and Titans, among other projects.
“No one in any profession should argue with their employer that their allegations of abuse, racism and discrimination are being brought up in the right chain of command,” Fisher added, concluding that Hamada is “unfit for a leadership position” and that he is willing to to take a polygraphic test in support of his claims. “And no one, in any management position, should try to deter those who want to report such allegations from doing so.” Fisher concluded that he was “pleased” to be willing to give up his role as Cyborg for the benefit of helping to bring “awareness and responsibility to Walter Hamada’s actions.”
Roden has reached out to Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment to comment on Fisher’s statement on Twitter.