For almost a year now, Justice League actor Ray Fisher has been campaigning for accountability in Hollywood. He has maintained that the Justice League theatrical cut’s director, Joss Whedon, was abusive and unprofessional on the set of the film, prompting Warner Bros. to launch an investigation. Now, a new report from witnesses involved with the production seems to support Fisher’s claims. And it involves his Justice League co-star, Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot.
A new feature published by The Hollywood Reporter details how Joss Whedon threatened Gal Gadot repeatedly during filming. According to a witness, Whedon “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.” Gal Gadot took her complaints to the higher-ups at DC and Warner Bros., who she says handled the issue quickly and efficiently.
In addition to the situation with Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot, Joss Whedon has also recently come under fire for his poor treatment of several Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars, most notably Charisma Carpenter. He reportedly said and did awful things on the set of that series, too. It is disheartening that such a popular director would stoop so low, but it is better that we know now than never find out at all.
Following Ray Fisher’s allegations against Whedon, news broke that other Justice League stars besides Gal Gadot also had trouble getting along with the director. Jeremy Irons, the actor who portrays the DC Extended Universe’s version of Alfred, is also said to have clashed with Whedon.
If this incident with Gal Gadot is true, then that would be even more damning evidence that Joss Whedon does not need to be in a position of power of any kind. At this point, there are so many allegations and accusations against him that there has to be at least some truth to his former cast members and collaborators are saying. This has been on our radar since last June, and something is just now being done to fix it.
From the sound of it, it looks like Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, and the rest of the cast did their best to get along with Whedon. However, they grew tired of the alleged abuse and eventually went to Warner Bros. for guidance. “Remedial action” has since been taken, but The Hollywood Reporter‘s above report mentions that Warner Bros. cannot disclose or discuss the specifics. However, the fact that Whedon abruptly left his HBO show The Nevers may be a result of that “remedial action.”
In addition to her role as Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, Gal Gadot has also starred in Fast Five, Fast and the Furious 6, Knight and Day, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Triple 9, Criminal, and many other high-profile films. She is also scheduled to star in Red Notice and next year’s Death on the Nile.
If you have not done so yet, you can catch Gal Gadot in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is now streaming exclusively on HBO Max. She is one of the highlights of the film.