Joss Whedon got into a bit of trouble in Hollywood when actors in the Justice League movie made accusations against him. The first reports of trouble came when Ray Fisher, who was portraying Cyborg in the film, spoke out against Whedon and the studio in their treatment of him. Since that time, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot have both chimed in with their own accounts of what happened on the set with Joss Whedon. Now, after much time has passed, Whedon has spoken out in a new interview where he addresses the allegations against him from actors on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more recently with Justice League. Speaking with Vulture, Joss Whedon claims that he’s never had to work with “a ruder group of people” than the Justice League cast.
According to Joss Whedon, Ray Fisher, who accused Whedon of misconduct, was just a “bad actor“. Whedon claims that feeling was shared amongst others when the movie’s footage was shown in a screen test. Whedon alleges that Fisher’s acting was very poor, and using Cyborg in the story that much didn’t make a ton of “sense.” These comments appeared to be the director’s reaction to allegations previously made by Ray Fisher on Twitter in January of 2021. Fisher claimed that, “Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.” This feeling of unacceptable treatment was also shared in part by Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot.
When both Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot came out with their own stories of bad experiences on the Justice League set, Joss Whedon’s reputation took a dive. However, now Whedon has claimed that the issue wasn’t him, but them. He claims their treatment of him was much worse. Gal Gadot claims that he threatened her career. Whedon alleges that she misunderstood him because he speaks in a “flowery way” and English is not her first language. Whedon also claims the only reason that he was brought in was to “fix” Justice League when the studio had lost confidence in Zack Synder’s vision for the film.” It sounds as if when it comes to Justice League, Joss Whedon may be painting himself as the victim in the situation.
After all this time, Joss Whedon has now spoken out. He is defending his own treatment of the actors in Justice League. Will that help him get new work in Hollywood? Will he feel better having his voice heard on the matter? It’s hard to say what will come from this new interview. No one in the Justice League movie or at DC has commented about this new interview as of yet. Since they’ve spoken in the past, it’s unclear if they’ll feel the need to do so. It is possible that there may be some type of response from Ray Fisher, who has done so in the past via social media and interviews. It’s also possible that this is the last anyone hears from Joss Whedon for a while.