Justice League: Ray Fisher Claims ‘Gaslighting Occurred’ During Joss Whedon’s Reshoots
Ray Fisher has spoken about the “gaslighting” behavior that he claims to have experienced on the set of Joss Whedon’s Justice League reshoots.
In a new interview with Empire (which will be fully published in the magazine’s next issue), Fisher shed more light on what he experienced on the set of Justice League following the departure of Zack Snyder in 2017. In particular, the actor addressed the nature of the troubled reshoots and the mixed messages that he allegedly received during the production.
Fisher reportedly told the publication that he had been actively encouraged to share his thoughts about Cyborg in the movie, but that he felt his feedback wasn’t well-received by the people who requested it. He claimed that “gaslighting occurred” on the set because people were “asking for input, but, ultimately, biting people’s heads off when you gave it.”
Fisher previously spoke about how Whedon had altered Zack Snyder’s intended arc for Cyborg, alleging that every single scene with Cyborg in the theatrical cut turned out to be a reshoot, except for one brief appearance from his character assembling alongside the Justice League. However, the star claims that it would have helped if this change of direction had been communicated with the cast.
“Transparency would have gone a long way; if they had said to us, ‘Hey, we don’t like Zack’s movie, we want to shift gears completely and we need you guys to buckle down,'” Fisher explained to Empire. “But they were trying to hold on to this narrative of doing it for Zack and maintaining his vision, all the while completely not doing that.”
Ultimately, Whedon’s vision didn’t align with Snyder’s intentions for the movie and Fisher voiced his opinions on some of the proposed new material. He said he argued against a scene in which Cyborg was drawn and quartered by Steppenwolf, claiming, “I had to try to rein those guys in. It was not a good look to essentially pull this Black man, who has already endured so much physical trauma, limb from limb.”
After having Cyborg’s arc shaved down to the bare minimum in Whedon’s version of Justice League, Fisher expressed his contentment over his character’s portrayal in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which debuted on HBO Max last month. In fact, Fisher has dedicated a lot of time to the four-hour Snyder Cut, having watched the movie a total of seven times since it was released.
If you’ve had a chance to sit down and give it a watch yourself, then you’ll know that Snyder’s Justice League ends on a massive cliffhanger. The director has addressed the reason for this ending and why his version of the film sets up a direct sequel that is not likely to happen, even though he has ideas on how a potential trilogy could have ended with a shock new superhero, and much, much more.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.
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