Warner Bros has publicly fired back at one of its actors recently.
In a lengthy statement issued on Friday, the studio accused Justice League actor Ray Fisher of not cooperating with a misconduct investigation and backed its DC Films president Walter Hamada.
In July Fisher, who played Cyborg in the 2017 DC Comics film, had publicly accused the film’s credited director, Joss Whedon, of “gross, abusive, unprofessional” behavior on set.
The actor also said that Whedon’s behavior was enabled by then-DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns, and by Jon Berg, former co-president of production at Warner Bros.
Berg reportedlt left Warner Bros in December 2017 as part of a “restructuring,” while Johns stepped down 7 months later.
While Fisher has not revealed specifics about what Whedon is alleged to have done, the studio did launch an investigation earlier in the summer, a move Fisher initially celebrated.
But on Friday he criticized Warner Bros on Twitter, saying: “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. I will not.”
So you can better understand how deep this goes:— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 4, 2020
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.
I will not.
In a statement on Friday, a spokesperson for WB said “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,” the statement said.
The studio also revealed that Fisher has so far refused to cooperate with the investigation, stating “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,” the statement concluded.
According to Hollywod Reporter, Fisher is in talks to reprise his role as Cyborg for a cameo in Ezra Miller’s The Flash, which is scheduled to begin shooting next year and already counts Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton — both back as versions of Batman — among the cast.
Whedon and Johns have remained silent following Fisher’s claims in July, while Berg has publicly denied them.