There was a ripple earlier in the week when Cyborg actor Ray Fisher tweeted that he was “forcefully retracting” his support of Joss Whedon from their time working together on Justice League.
When Zack Snyder had to depart at the very start of post-production due to a family tragedy Joss Whedon came aboard to finish the movie. Whedon famously went on to extensively re-shoot and re-cut. While obviously this would have added pressure to the schedule there was never any indication of an unhappy set. So many observers wondered what could possibly have happened to make Fisher suddenly tweet what he did.
Today as he has gone even further.
Once again taking to the pox on humanity that is Twitter and exhibiting that strange kind of Tourette’s that takes over much of humanity whenever they are near social media, Fisher has called out some behaviour on behalf of Whedon and the producers:
“Joss Wheadon’s [sic] on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable. He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. Accountability>Entertainment.”
Johns stepped down as a DC Films executive in 2018 and is a renowned comic book writer with deep DC pedigree. Berg is a long time producer of DC properties.
Of course, this being Hollywood, nobody can pick up the phone to each other. Or sit down over a beer to thrash out exactly what the issue is and make amends like normal human beings. Oh no! In a town this vain and self-obsessed these spats must be played out publicly so we can all see the fools dancing around their handbags.
So Berg has responded Variety, saying it is:
“…categorically untrue that we enabled any unprofessional behavior… I remember [Fisher] being upset that we wanted him to say ‘Booyaa,’ which is a well known saying of Cyborg in the animated series.”
The Snyder Cut has been renamed Zack Snyder’s Justice League and will be out on HBO Max next year. We are curious to see how different it is, and if it is any better than what Whedon eventually dragged, limping, to the screen.
No word yet on whether Cyborg will say “Booyaa” in the new version.