Joss Whedon is quite the known name among the fans of superhero movies. Back in the day, Whedon was best known as the filmmaker who wrote and directed The Avengers, the first crossover movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movie that launched the franchise into the stars, and the sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.
But today, Whedon is probably better known as the director who took over the production of the Justice League movie from Zack Snyder and turned it into a much more inferior movie. Every superhero fan knows what happened when Whedon drastically rewrote the film and the movie that was released in theaters, mockingly known as the Josstice League, was described by DC fans as an insult to Snyder and his vision of the DCEU.
To pour more fuel on the fire, in the last few years, cast members of the movie expressed their displeasure due to the unfair treatment that they experienced while working with Whedon, particularly Cyborg star Ray Fisher and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot. Fisher pointed out how Whedon’s behavior on set was “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.”, while Gadot revealed how Whedon threatened her career if she doesn’t do as she’s told. It was also revealed how Gadot refused to film a scene in which The Flash falls down on Wonder Woman because Gadot didn’t want her character to be sexually objectified.
When all those allegations first surfaced, Whedon didn’t respond to them, but now he finally broke silence in an interview for The New York Magazine. Whedon denied all the allegations against him. Whedon criticized Fisher, calling him a bad actor, and he also revealed that most of Cyborg’s part in the movie was cut because the storyline “logically made no sense.” Whedon’s version of Justice League was released in 2017 in theaters, but Cyborg’s story was fully presented in the director’s cut Zack Snyder’s Justice League last year on HBOMax.
Whedon also denied Gadot’s allegations, saying that she misunderstood him because English isn’t her first language. During the last few years, it was revealed how Whedon’s rewriting was criticized by the cast members, and Whedon, who was a director of the highest-grossing superhero movie at the time, thought that Gadot didn’t understand how superhero films work. Gadot said how she understood Whedon perfectly, and she also made it clear that she would never work with him again. According to one of the cast members, Whedon also allegedly said to the entire cast that he never worked with “a ruder group of people.”
It didn’t take long for Ray Fisher to answer back to Whedon as well. You can check the tweet Fisher posted shortly after Whedon’s interview was published.
Reactions and comments about all this aren’t subsiding on the social media. DC fans are full of bad words towards Whedon, and even some people who were never involved in all this have something to say on this topic. What are your thoughts on all this?