Did Joss Whedon really try to intimidate Wonder Woman into bending to his will?
In a new interview, we finally learn more details about what really happened to Ray Fisher and the rest of the cast during the Justice League reshoots, when director Zack Snyder was replaced by Avengers director Joss Whedon.
It’s definitely a shame about Ray. Fisher’s Cyborg, reduced to an afterthought in #TheWhedonCut (aka Josstice League), got redeemed by Snyder’s four-hour-plus version, which included an entire feature-length origin storyline and character arc for him. But we learned so much more about Whedon’s reprehensible behavior in Fisher’s tell-all interview with Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter. No wonder the entire cast of superheroes (Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Fisher) rallied to revive the Snyder Cut and bring it to the screen via HBO Max.
For one thing, we’re reminded that WarnerMedia tried dangling Momoa as clickbait as the voice of Frosty the Snowman (?!?) to divert attention away from Fisher’s initial public accusations with what Momoa later described on Instagram as “a fake Frosty announcement without my permission to try to distract from Ray Fisher speaking up about the shitty way we were treated on Justice League reshoots. Serious stuff went down. It needs to be investigated and people need to be held accountable.”
But that was nothing compared to how Whedon mishandled Wonder Woman, aka Gadot.
Sources told THR that 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.”
Even worse, though, she and Whedon had beef over Whedon’s determination to rewrite Gadot’s lines, and he threatened to harm her career if she didn’t comply. One on-set witness told WarnerMedia investigators: “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.” But Gadot reportedly stood her ground and got a meeting with then-studio head Kevin Tsujihara (who later lost his job in an unrelated sex scandal).
All Gadot would say publicly, via statement to THR: “I had my issues with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner.”
Perhaps Whedon’s threats came to fruition onscreen through all of those creepy butt shots.
WarnerMedia said it took “remedial action” following the internal investigation prompted by Fisher’s accusations, but has disclosed nothing specific.
Just two months ago, actress Charisma Carpenter came forward on social media to describe Whedon’s alleged abusiveness on the sets of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. “He was mean and biting, disparaging about others openly, and often played favorites, pitting people against one another to compete and vie for his attention and approval,” Carpenter shared.
Sounds a lot like what happened on the Justice League reshoots.
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