Joss Whedon spokesperson says Ray Fisher claims are ‘false’, Fisher responds


A spokesperson for Joss Whedon responded to Ray Fisher’s claims that the director changed the complexion of an actor of color during post-production on Justice League. In response, Fisher countered the spokesperson’s comments, calling the statements a “half-baked apology.”

Fisher spoke to Forbes about his accusations of Justice League the whole being “toxic” and WarnerMedia’s ongoing investigation into its abuse allegations against Whedon and producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. A statement by Ray Fisher, which has since been deleted from the Forbes interview, referenced Whedon ordering the skin tone change, which prompted a response from Whedon’s spokesperson.

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“What set my soul on fire and forced me to talk about Joss Whedon this summer was that I learned that Joss had ordered an actor’s complexion to be changed in post-production because he didn’t like the color of their skin tone. Man, with all that 2020 has been, that was the tipping point for me, ”Fisher said in the now deleted statement.

Whedon’s spokesperson said: “The individual who made this statement admitted that it was just something he had heard from someone else and accepted to be the truth, whereas in in fact, a simple research would prove that it was wrong. As is the norm on almost all movies, there were many people involved in mixing the final product of this movie, including the editor, special effects manager, songwriter, etc., along with the colorist. primarily responsible for the tone, colors and mood of the final version. This process was further complicated by the fact that Zack was shooting on film, while Joss was shooting digitally, which required the team, led by the same senior colorist who worked on the previous films for Zack, to reconcile the two. ”

CinemaBlend received a response from Fisher to statements from Whedon’s spokesperson. Fisher said, “It’s only a hair’s breadth away from Berg, ‘Fisher was upset by booyah’s defense.” I did my best to make sure Joss Whedon and Jon Berg couldn’t be completely thrown under the bus by the other guys. But when they publicly make these half-baked excuses, they make my job that much harder. I settle in with my family for the night. I will have a more in-depth answer tomorrow. ”

Other claims Fisher made included Whedon cutting out characters of color like Iris West (Kiersey Clemons), STAR Labs director of nanotechnology Ryan Choi / Atom (Orion Lee) and Victor Stone’s mother Elinore Stone (Karen Bryson) ). Fisher said: “I always suspected that running was a big factor in how things turned out, but it wasn’t until last summer that I was able to prove it. … Running did was just one of the issues with the restart process. . There have been massive explosions, threats, coercion, taunts, dangerous working conditions, belittles and lightning like you wouldn’t believe.

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CinemaBlend also added that a source close to the Justice League The production clarified that the characters were removed from the film’s theatrical release before Whedon came on board to replace director Zack Snyder, who had to step aside to be with his family. The source reportedly said that “the claim that these roles were removed by Joss is false.” The same source also made a similar statement in September when Clemons endorsed Fisher with the hashtag #IStandWithRayFisher on social media. According to the source, Clemons did not work with Whedon after resuming production on Justice League.

In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne calls on his new ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater foe. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to fight this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash – it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

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 , Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. Justice League de Zack Snyder will premiere exclusively on HBO Max in 2021.

Source: Forbes, CinemaBlend

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