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As the march towards Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a.k.a. the Snyder Cut, dropping on HBO Max continues, Ray Fisher, the DC Extended Universe’s Cyborg, has keeping up his crusade against director Joss Whedon, who helmed the 2017 superhero movie’s reshoots when Snyder exited. Fisher has previously described Whedon’s behavior on the Justice League set as being “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable,” and the actor also stated that producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg enabled this behavior.
Now Ray Fisher is pointing the spotlight back on Geoff Johns with the following statement that he shared on Twitter claiming that Johns threatened his career:
During the LA reshoots for Justice League, Geoff Johns summoned me to his office to belittle and admonish my (and my agent’s) attempts to take grievances up the proper chain of command. He then made a thinly veiled threat to my career. This behavior cannot continue. A>E
Back at the beginning of July, Ray Fisher said that because he’s still “under contract” and signed a non-disclosure agreement, he has to be careful about what he says regarding his experiences with Joss Whedon on the Justice League set, otherwise he could get “sued into oblivion.” However, this latest comment concerning Geoff Johns certainly doesn’t paint the producer in a good light.
It’s unclear when Ray Fisher will be able to provide more specific details on what he went through with Joss Whedon, Geoff Johns and other people who were in charge throughout the making of Justice League, but this is part of the actor’s ongoing efforts to promote accountability over entertainment. As far as Johns is concerned, he’s been a DC heavyweight for over two decades now, having written characters like Green Lantern, Superman and the Teen Titans, as well produced various movies and TV shows, including The Flash, Titans, Stargirl, Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984.
If you follow superhero movies at all, chances are you’re well familiar with Justice League’s troubled production. The movie Zack Snyder shot during principal photography was drastically overhauled when Joss Whedon came aboard, with reportedly around 80 pages of new material being written and only 10% of Snyder’s footage being kept in the final product. Throw in the Henry Cavill mustache debacle and a handful of other issues, and even if you set aside the accusations that Ray Fisher has directed at Whedon, Geoff Johns and others, it’s abundantly clear that a lot of things just went off the rails.
In the end, Justice League’s theatrical cut critically and commercially underperformed, and not only has a Justice League sequel not moved forward, but the direction of the entire DCEU has also changed. However, come next year, fans will get to see Zack Snyder’s intended vision for Justice League, with over $30 million (at least) being spent to assemble the Snyder Cut. Snyder has also made it clear he will not include any of Whedon’s footage in his take on Justice League.