Justice League filmmaker Joss Whedon reportedly “had it out” with actress Gal Gadot during the filming of the superhero film.
An explosive report in The Hollywood Reporter alleged Whedon “threatened to harm Gadot’s career and disparaged Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins” on the set.
An unnamed source told the publication the standoff began after Gadot had concerns with the revised version of Justice League, including “issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in Wonder Woman.”
“She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next,” the source said.
Another unnamed source alleged in the report that Whedon made Galdot record dialogue she didn’t like, before threatening her career in the industry if she didn’t follow his request.
Gadot was approached by THR to tell her side of the story, but she kept her response short and succinct.
“I had my issues with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner,” she told the publication.
Actor Ray Fisher — who portrayed Cyborg, the first Black superhero in the DC film universe — was also featured in THR article. The actor shed more light on his comments last year, when he tweeted, “Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable.”
But Fisher — who also accused Whedon of altering his skin tone in the movie — felt his words were in vain as no one has been held accountable.
“I don’t believe some of these people are fit for positions of leadership,” Fisher said. “I don’t want them excommunicated from Hollywood, but I don’t think they should be in charge of the hiring and firing of other people.
“If I can’t get accountability at least I can make people aware of who they’re dealing with.”
Whedon has made headlines numerous times this past year after actress Charisma Carpenter alleged he “abused his power on numerous occasions” while she worked on his shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel back in the 1990s and early 2000s.
While Whedon has not publicly addressed the claims about his behaviour on these two shows, his spokesperson did speak out last year against Fisher’s claims about altering his skin tone.
“The individual who offered this statement acknowledged that this was just something that he had heard from someone else and accepted as truth, when in fact simple research would prove that it was false,” Whedon’s rep wrote in a statement.
“As is standard on almost all films, there were numerous people involved with mixing the final product, including the editor, special effects person, composer, etc. with the senior colourist responsible for the final version’s tone, colours, and mood.
“This process was further complicated on this project by the fact that [original director] Zack [Snyder] shot on film, while Joss shot on digital, which required the team, led by the same senior colourist who has worked on previous films for Zack, to reconcile the two.”
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