Ray Fisher clarifies himself with allegations of racism on Justice League

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Good that Justice League Actor Ray Fisher first opened up about his troubles with the set of the 2017 superhero movie back in july– including accusations that replacement director Joss Whedon was “rude, abusive, unprofessional and utterly unacceptable” in his treatment of his cast and crew – he never gave many details about what happened. actually made it to the film set after Zack Snyder was forced to leave him. That changed today when Fisher gave an interview to Forbes, describing at least some of his issues with the behavior of Whedon, producer Geoff Johns, and others who worked on the film, including claims that “The Erasure of Colored People from the 2017 theatrical version Justice League was neither an accident nor a coincidence.

This was apparently the incident for Fisher to speak out. The actor was also upset that Whedon’s covers cut screen time or cut off altogether the performances of several actors of color, including Zheng Kai (playing Ryan Choi), Joe Morton (whose role as Cyborg’s father has been cut) and Karen Bryson and Kiersey Clemons, parts of which like Cyborg and Iris West’s mom were cut entirely. (As Forbes remarks, all these parts must be restored by Justice League de Zack Snyder.)

Fisher also says he was subsequently made aware of “blatantly racist conversations” that took place before Justice League was reshot, apparently centered largely on Johns, Jon Berg, and the current president of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Toby Emmerich. “I realized that the notes I ended up getting from Johns on the covers were just a coded version of the racist comments he was saying behind closed doors with the other executives,” Fisher said. The studio previously suggested the actor was at odds with claims that people like current DC Films president Walter Hamada were manipulating the messages around the film to try to protect Johns or Berg.

Fisher also went into (some) detail about other cover-related complaints, such as when he said Warner Bros. lied to the film’s cast, saying Whedon was Snyder’s chosen successor to cover the film:

For one thing, the cast and crew learned that Zack picked Joss to finish the movie for him. I only found out after the covers that it was a complete lie. I heard whispers and growls of things going on behind the scenes, but nothing concrete until much later. They took us out to San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 and say Zack picked Joss and Joss was a great guy. I still have the email with these talking points.

Fisher also said that “the race was just one of the problems with the recovery process. There have been massive explosions, threats, coercion, taunts, dangerous working conditions, denigration and gas fires like you wouldn’t believe. He added that “Geoff Johns made a veiled threat to my career during the Los Angeles revivals of Justice League. Several sources have informed me that Joss is threatening the career of another person associated with the production. Toby was made aware and attempted to cover up Whedon rather than face the abuse.

And while it’s still vague, this is the most concrete information we’ve gotten to date about Fisher’s problem with Whedon and Johns’ behavior on the film. (This is all the more interesting and difficult to the fact that he was involved in the filming of additional scenes for the cut of Snyder’s film.) Fisher will likely have more to say once the long-awaited third-party investigation on set; According to the actor, the original company that carried out the investigation ended up pulling out, and a new one – allegedly the same one that found evidence of wrongdoing by the former CEO of Warner Bros. .

A representative for Whedon then responded to Fisher’s claims, brushing aside an allegation that Whedon had an actor’s skin color digitally altered in post-production because “he didn’t like their skin tone”:

The person who made this statement admitted that it was just something he had heard from someone else and accepted to be the truth, when in fact a simple research would prove it to be false. . As is the norm on almost all films, there were many people involved in the mixing of the final product, including the editor, special effects manager, songwriter, etc. with the lead colourist responsible for the tone, colors and vibe of the final version. This process was further complicated on this project by the fact that Zack shot on film, while Joss shot digitally, forcing the team, led by the same senior colorist who worked on previous films for Zack. , to reconcile the two.

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