Earlier this summer, Justice League actor Ray Fisher (Cyborg in the film) made headlines with accusations of mistreatment and impropriety on the set of the film, led by director Joss Whedon. The director, of course, took over for Zack Snyder, who departed due to personal tragedy. Yesterday, in an interview with Forbes, Fisher elaborated by citing the removal of characters of color from the film and his own diminished screen time.
The erasure of people of color from the 2017 theatrical version of Justice League was neither an accident nor coincidence. I always suspected that race was a determining factor for the way that things went down, but it wasn’t until this past summer that I was able to prove it.Forbes
The referenced people of color Fisher is referring to, who were either removed from the film or saw their roles reduced, are suspected to be: Joe Morton (Silas Stone, Cyborg’s father), Karen Bryson (Ellinore Stone, Cyborg’s mother), Kiersey Clemons (Iris West, love interest to The Flash), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick, and suspected Martian Manhunter), and Zheng Kai (Ryan Choi, or Atom).
Additionally, Fisher stated the following:
“Prior to Justice League’s reshoot process, blatantly racist conversations were had and entertained—on multiple occasions—by former and current top level executives at Warner Bros. Pictures. Decision-makers that participated in those racist conversations were Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, and current Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich.“Forbes
He further alleges that notes given to him during reshoots by Whedon were comments influenced by racism, and that Geoff Johns made veiled threats to his career.
Later in the day on Thursday, Screen Rant shared a quote from “a source close to production” seemingly debunking part of Fisher’s claims:
The characters referenced in the story had been cut from the film before Joss stepped in to complete the project at the request of the studio – so the statement that these roles were cut by Joss is false.Screen Rant
More on this as it develops.
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