Ray Fisher 'Forcefully' Retracts Praise He Previously Gave to 'Justice League' Director Joss Whedon (UPDATE)

Ray Fisher, the actor who played Cyborg in 2017's 'Justice League,' tweeted out that he "forcefully" takes back praise he gave to director Joss Whedon.

Justice League's Ray Fisher

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Justice League's Ray Fisher

UPDATED 7/1 12:55 p.m. ET: Ray Fisher has elaborated further on his retraction of Whedon praise earlier this week. In a tweet shared Wednesday, Fisher alleged that Whedon showed "gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable" behavior on the set of Justice League.

Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.

He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.


— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020

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On Monday, the actor who played Cyborg in Justice League (Ray Fisher) sent out a tweet in which he "forcefully" retracted praise he gave to Joss Whedon, who you may know finished off that movie after Zack Snyder had to leave to attend to family issues. Accompanying that statement was a short clip of Fisher, sitting alongside Jason Momoa (see: Aquaman from the same movie), saying kind words about Whedon at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. As Fisher put it (at the time): "Joss is a great guy and Zack picked a good person to come in and clean up, finish up for him."

I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement: pic.twitter.com/1ECwwu6TG1

— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) June 29, 2020

Fast forward to Monday and Fisher is taking back "every bit of that statement." 

Anybody out there who's watched an actor hype a movie on a late night show only to go out, see the movie, and then say "What the fuck?" to themselves as they left the theater, may not be super shocked by the 180. 

Unfortunately there's not any additional context that makes it clear if this has something to do with a personal disagreement, or if this has to do with news that the "Snyder Cut" version of Justice League will actually air on HBO Max. I would guess it has to do with the latter, but the keyword there is "guess."

IGN adds that Fisher made his big-screen debut in Snyder's 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeAs that film led into Justice League, Fisher naturally segued over. Prior to that he was a theater actor. 

That outlet also writes that Fisher had previously made it quite clear that he was a supporter (like the rest of the film's cast) of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement. 

Adding further credence to the theory this tweet is Snyder Cut-related, in 2017 actor Joe Morton, who filled the role of Cyborg's dad in Justice League, told IGN that the reshoots done by Whedon involved tinkering with Cyborg's character. 

"Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character," Morton said at the time.

"I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don't know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that's what I heard. That's what I thought some of the reshoots were about."

If things go according to plan, the Synder Cut will be completed and air on HBO Max next year.

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