Actor says ‘Justice League’ director Whedon was ‘abusive’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Ray Fisher 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 executives running DC Films for Warner Bros Pictures at the time. Whedon has not responded to Fisher on social media, and emails from The Associated Press (AP) to representatives seeking comment from him and from Warner Bros were not immediately returned.

Berg told Variety that it was “categorically untrue that we enabled any unprofessional behaviour”.

Whedon, known for his writing and directing on Marvel’s Avengers films 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.

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.

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.”

FROM LEFT: Ray Fisher and Joss Whedon. PHOTO: AP