During the past year, League of Justice Actor Ray Fisher has accused the director of the new filming of the film, Joss Whedon, of racist and abusive behavior on the project’s sets, and Warner Bros. studio executives of allowing Whedon’s behavior. Now, Fisher, who played the role of Cyborg in the film, has released a lengthy statement on Twitter detailing the instances of racism he feels his character was subjected to.
“Prior to the new Justice League filming of 2017, Warner Bros. Pictures executives Toby Emmerich, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg had and entertained racially discriminatory conversations, on multiple occasions, had they been aware of those conversations in real time, it would have addressed them in real time. However, it wasn’t until the summer of 2020 that the people in those meetings felt comfortable sharing with me what they had witnessed first-hand … “
“When it comes to race-related issues, I always try to give the benefit of the doubt to those who may ignore their own biases. But when there are studio executives (particularly Geoff Johns) saying, ‘We can’t have a’ Man angry black at the center of the movie, “and then those executives use their power to reduce and eliminate ALL the blacks in that movie, they no longer have a right to any belief associated with doubt.
Most of the accusations Ray fisher has leveled so far have been against Whedon, and executive producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. In addition, the actor has accused Warner director Walter Hamada of allowing Whedon’s behavior by trying to sweep the whole thing under the rug. In his latest statement, Fisher continues with his previously stated allegations.
“[Johns and Berg] They understood very well that the racist rhetoric they chose to entertain at those meetings was offensive, discriminatory and unacceptable. Also, they didn’t dare say those things to me, or to any other black person associated with the movie. Instead, they chose the cowardly route of gaslighting, with extremely troublesome requests like asking me to ‘play Cyborg as Quasimodo’; and forcing a scene to be re-recorded so they could highlight the existence of Cyborg’s penis. “
In the original cut of League of Justice which came out in 2017, the role of Iris West, played by Kiersey Clemons, a black actress, had been completely removed from the film. The role of Cyborg’s father, Dr. Silas Stone, had also been reduced. It now remains to be seen whether Warner will respond publicly to Fisher’s latest comments, or whether the studio will attempt to address the matter privately, as they have tried to do in the past.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ray Porter as Darkseid, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The film hits HBO Max on March 18.
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