'Justice League' star Ray Fisher accuses Joss Whedon of being 'abusive, unprofessional' during reshoots

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In this combination photo, actor Ray Fisher arrives at the season three premiere of "True Detective" in Los Angeles on Jan. 10, 2019, left, and Joss Whedon arrives at the premiere of "Bad Times at the El Royale" in Los Angeles on Sept. 22, 2018. Fisher, who played Cyborg in the DC Comics film, “Justice League", directed by Whedon, tweeted Wednesday that Whedon's treatment of the cast and crew was “unprofessional and completely unacceptable.” Whedon has not responded to Fisher on social media, and emails seeking comment were not immediately returned. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
In this combination photo, actor Ray Fisher arrives at the season three premiere of "True Detective" in Los Angeles on Jan. 10, 2019, left, and Joss Whedon arrives at the premiere of "Bad Times at the El Royale" in Los Angeles on Sept. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Actor Ray Fisher has said director Joss Whedon’s behaviour was “abusive” on the set of the 2017 film Justice League.

“Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable,” Fisher, who played the young superhero Cyborg in the DC Comics film, tweeted on Wednesday.

Fisher added that Whedon was “enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg”, two producers on the film who were Warner Bros. Pictures executives at the time.

Whedon, known for his writing and directing on Marvel’s Avengers films and television’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer, was brought in during post-production to replace director Zack Snyder on Justice League. He oversaw extensive reshoots, editing and visual effects on the film.

Whedon has yet to respond to Fisher’s comments. Yahoo has contacted his reps for comment.

Jon Berg, former Warner Bros. co-president of production, disputes enabling any abusive behaviour from Whedon.

He told Variety in a statement that it was “categorically untrue that we enabled any unprofessional behaviour.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 29:  Jon Berg attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' "Doctor Sleep" at Westwood Regency Theater on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,)
Jon Berg attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' "Doctor Sleep". (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,)

“I remember [Fisher] being upset that we wanted him to say ‘Booyaa,’ which is a well known saying of Cyborg in the animated series,” Berg added.

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At the time of his departure, Warner Bros said Snyder was stepping away to be with his family following the death of his 20-year-old daughter.

The finished movie, for which Snyder retained sole credit, was hammered by fans and critics, and was said to have lost Warner Bros in the region of $60 million.

Ray Fisher as Cyborg in Zack Snyder's cut (credit: Warner Brothers)
Ray Fisher as Cyborg in Zack Snyder's cut (credit: Warner Brothers)

In May, Warner Bros announced that Snyder’s long director’s cut of Justice League would appear next year on the streaming service HBO Max, something fans had lobbied for since the film’s original release with the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.

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Fisher showed a sign of his displeasure with Whedon earlier this week when he tweeted a video of himself praising the director as a “great guy” during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, with the comment: “I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement.”

Fisher's disavowing of Whedon comes after Snyder said last month that Fisher is 'the heart of my movie'.