WarnerMedia Concludes Justice League Investigation, Promises “Remedial Action”
The specifics are vague, as they have been since this story began, but actor Ray Fisher‘s claims of misconduct against director Joss Whedon, producer/comics creator Geoff Johns, and producer John Berg have been validated by an independent investigation.
Fisher made a three part statement on Twitter, in which he said that the investigation has led to “remedial action,” some of which has been seen, and some has yet to come. He also added that WarnerMedia thanked him for “having the courage to come forward and assist the company with creating an inclusive and equitable work environment for it’s [sic] employees and partners.”
Fisher’s allegations were just one wrinkle in the Justice League production boondoggle wherein Zack Snyder exited the project and was replaced by Whedon, whose ill-received finished product led fans to demand the re-do commonly known as “The Snyder Cut.” A four-part series including unseen footage (some of which was shot during the pandemic) will air on HBOMax in 2021.
Fisher claimed the transfer of power in 2017 led to him being treated in a “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” manner. Warner Bros. denied the allegations as recently as early September, alleging that Fisher was being uncooperative with investigators. Soon thereafter Jason Momoa, whose Aquaman franchise lives at Warner Bros. (and who is part of the Dune ensemble) publicly backed Fisher.
What “remedial action” actually means remains vague, especially the “some of which we’ve seen” part, but, as Variety notes, Whedon did recently exit the forthcoming HBO project The Nevers in late November. He was set to serve as show runner, but cited “the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic.”
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