Justice League directed by Joss Whedon trailer: He responds to accusations of abusive behavior and on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot and Charisma Carpenter testified against him, in the press or on social networks. A year later, he decided to react and counterattacked. A shaky defense to say the least.
Behind the scenes of filming is sometimes much less joyful than you might think. After the harassment accusations against Mark Schwahn, creator of The Scott Brothers, it's Joss Whedonwho has been at the center of serious charges. In July 2020, Ray Fisher who played Cyborg in Justice League accused the director of being “abusive” and “rude” to him on the set of the film. The actor denounced his behavior and an internal investigation had been launched.
Charges later confirmed by Gal Gadot(Wonder Woman) who she explained that she would have been threatened: Joss Whedon would have hinted that he could harm her career if she did not record certain scenes, which she did not consider appropriate for her character. To drive the point home, Charisma Carpenter accused the showrunner of Buffy the Vampire Slayer of having treated her badly on the set of the series, calling her “fat” then that she was pregnant. Words confirmed by Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn) and Amber Benson (Tara).
Ray Fisher, a “bad actor“, Gal Gadot and English problems?
A year later, it was in a portrait published in New York magazine that Joss Whedon responded to the accusations against him… and it's frankly embarrassing and wonky. In the article, the 57-year-old director directly attacks his accusers and denies everything. Regarding Justice League, he explains that there would have been tensions between him and the actors following his arrival to replace Zack Snyder, because of his “vision” of their work. Regarding Ray Fisher, whose role in Justice League has been reduced drastically, Joss Whedon justifies himself by saying… that he is simply bad and that the character's story is not 'had “no sense” according to him. Judging that the words of the actor were “nor true and do not deserve to be discussed“, the man also judges Ray Fisher: “We are talking about an evil force. We're talking about a bad actor in both senses of the word” he just blurted out.
And be careful, it's even better for the accusations of Gal Gadot. According to him, the actress would simply not have understood what he wanted to tell her, she who is not of American nationality (Gal Gadot was born in Israel). “I don't threaten people. Who does that? English is not their first language and I tend to use flowery language” he explained. Ok … Finally, regarding the Charisma Carpenter accusations, Joss Whedon also denied (obviously). “Most of my experiences with Charisma were charming. I didn't insult her badly, of course not” he said.
Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot answer him
< p> A shaky defense that did not fail to make the main interested parties react. Contacted by New York magazine, the interpreter of Wonder Woman explained that she had “perfectly understood ” Joss Whedon's words and therefore confirms his version once again. As for Ray Fisher? The actor posted a tweet to react to these statements. “Looks like Joss Whedon was able to achieve an endgame after all…” he wrote, preferring not to comment further.
A sentence that is a pun on the work of the director at Marvel (Joss Whedon directed the first two Avengers films and not Avengers: Endgame, the term “endgame” evoking this film).Charisma Carpenter, she has not yet reacted .