Looks like the dust around the Joss Whedon- Justice League controversy is yet to settle down as fresh claims about his misbehaviour have yet again popped up in a report. Reportedly, the filmmaker made several threats to Gal Gadot regarding her career and explicitly stated that he will misrepresent her character in the film.
A recently release The Hollywood Reporter report claims that its sources have disclosed that “the biggest clash … came when Whedon pushed Gadot to record lines she didn’t like, threatened to harm Gadot’s career and disparaged Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.” While the report is majorly a chat with Ray Fisher, who declined to share anything about the argument that went down between Gal Gadot and Joss Whedon, a witness on the sets of Justice League shared how Whedon told Gadot to “shut up” and do as he said.
“Joss was bragging that he’s had it out with Gal. He told her he’s the writer and she’s going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie,” the witness shared.
In an earlier statement to THR, Gal Gadot had specified that while she had her issues with Whedon, Warner Bro. handled it “in a timely manner.” But as per the outlet’s recent report, the fight went on for long as Gadot had “issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in ‘Wonder Woman.’ She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next.”
Allegedly, Gadot and Jenkins had to join forces against Whedon to make their argument stand. This was then followed by a meeting with then-Warner Bros Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara.
Ray Fisher had his own fight about how Cyborg was represented in Justice League
In his chat with THR, Fisher shared Warner Bros.’s executive, Geoff Johns explicitly told him to “play the character (Cyborg) less like Frankenstein and more like the kindhearted Quasimodo.” But one of the bigger arguments was over the inclusion of the infamous Cyborg line “booyah” in the theatrical cut of the film.
Fisher has shared that initially Zack Snyder was also pestered to include the line in Justice League by Johns but he was not comfortable with adding unnecessary catchphrases even as the entire studio was sure that the booyah line was “a fun moment of synergy.” As per THR, Fisher believes that making his character say the line recalled “Black characters in pop culture with defining phrases: Gary Coleman’s ‘Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?’; Jimmie Walker’s ‘Dy-no-mite!’” No one else in Justice League had a catchphrase and thus “it seemed weird to have the only Black character say that. Shooting this scene was not the only thing that bothered Fisher as anyone who has followed his tweets would know the details of his beef with Warner Bros.
“I don’t believe some of these people are fit for positions of leadership,” shared Fisher, “I don’t want them excommunicated from Hollywood, but I don’t think they should be in charge of the hiring and firing of other people.”
“If I can’t get accountability,” he added, “at least I can make people aware of who they’re dealing with.”