UPDATED ON SEPT. 6: After disputing Warner Bros.’ claims about the “Justice League” investigation going on, Ray Fisher took to Instagram to elaborate more on his interactions with producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg and Warner Bros. president of DC Films Walter Hamada.
Fisher claimed that Johns once called him into his office using “backchannel communications” and made a “veiled threat against my career.” He alleged that Johns contacted him in 2018 “to gloat that there’d be another Cyborg being used in the DC Universe in a show that he was producing.” The show Fisher references is likely “Doom Patrol,” which starred Joivan Wade as Cyborg on the DC Universe streaming service.
UPDATED ON SEPT. 5: Fisher fired back at Warner Bros.’ claim that he has not met with the third-party investigator looking into his misconduct allegations from the superhero movie’s set.
On Saturday, Fisher shared a screenshot of an email he claimed he sent to his team and SAG-AFTRA on Aug. 26 after meeting with the investigator over Zoom.
“Just got off the line with the investigator. Had to end the interview early before going into detail with him. He’s definitely been put on by Warner Bros. Pictures, not Warner Media. His findings will go directly to Warner Bros. Pictures Legal,” the screenshot shows. “He also had another person on the line as a witness which we weren’t made aware of. I told him I needed to have a rep on the line as security for myself. He tried to keep me on the line, but I told him I would need to consult my team before proceeding.”
Thank you all for the support and for seeing through @wbpictures desperate and scattershot attempt to discredit me to continue protecting those in power.
I met with the investigator via Zoom on Aug 26th. Below is an email I sent to my team and @sagaftra immediately after:
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 5, 2020
On Aug. 20, Variety reported the “Justice League” investigation was underway, meaning the alleged meeting between Fisher and the investigator would have taken place less than a week later.
On Friday night, Warner Bros. responded to a claim from Fisher made on Twitter earlier in the day, specifically regarding the conduct of the top executive at their DC Films unit and the efficiency of their internal investigation.
The WarnerMedia-owned shop flatly denied Fisher’s claims that DC Films chief Walter Hamada attempted to play filmmakers off of one another to assuage the actor’s problems with the representation of his character, Cyborg — who fights alongside Batman, Wonder Woman and others. Moreso, the studio say Fisher has not cooperated with the investigation they launched at his behest.
The response was sparked by a Friday tweet from Fisher, which involved ongoing accusations he’s made against “Justice League” pinch-hitter director Joss Whedon, and film producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. Earlier this summer, Fisher accused Whedon of emotionally abusive behavior on set. On Friday, he said Hamada attributed this behavior to Whedon and Berg alone.
“After speaking out about Justice League, I received a phone call from the President of DC Films wherein he attempted to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus in hopes that I would relent on Geoff Johns,” Fisher said. “I will not.”
Read the full response sent by a Warner Bros. spokesperson:
In July, Ray Fisher’s representatives asked DC Films President Walter Hamada to talk to Mr. Fisher about his concerns during the production of “Justice League.” The two had previously spoken when Mr. Hamada asked him to reprise his role as Cyborg in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Flash movie, together with other members of the Justice League. In their July conversation, Mr. Fisher recounted disagreements he’d had with the film’s creative team regarding his portrayal of Cyborg, and complained that his suggested script revisions were not adopted. Mr. Hamada explained that creative differences are a normal part of the production process, and that a film’s writer/director ultimately has to be in charge of these matters. Notably, Mr. Hamada also told Mr. Fisher that he would elevate his concerns to WarnerMedia so they could conduct an investigation. At no time did Mr. Hamada ever “throw anyone under the bus,” as Mr. Fisher has falsely claimed, or render any judgments about the “Justice League” production, in which Mr. Hamada had no involvement, since filming occurred before Mr. Hamada was elevated to his current position.
While Mr. Fisher never alleged any actionable misconduct against him, WarnerMedia nonetheless initiated an investigation into the concerns he’d raised about his character’s portrayal. Still not satisfied, Mr. Fisher insisted that WarnerMedia hire an independent third party investigator. This investigator has attempted multiple times to meet with Mr. Fisher to discuss his concerns but, to date, Mr. Fisher has declined to speak to the investigator. Warner Bros. remains committed to accountability and to the well-being of every cast and crew member on each of its productions. It also remains committed to investigating any specific and credible allegation of misconduct, which thus far Mr. Fisher has failed to provide.
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