Justice League Actor Ray Fisher Responds To Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff Defense of Studio Executives
Ray Fisher has fired back at Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff, who defended DC Films' head Walter Hamada and execs involved in Justice League.
After Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff recently dismissed his claims of misconduct, Justice League actor Ray Fisher is firing back.
As is typical for him, Fisher laid out his grievances against Warner’s investigation into alleged troubles during Justice League reshoots and with Sarnoff in a new thread of tweets.
He started by implying some WarnerMedia executives are racist for cutting black characters out of the movie, writing on Twitter, “Apparently some folks at [WarnerMedia] think that a room full of executives saying ‘we can’t an angry Black man at the center of the movie’ (and then reducing/removing all Black and POC from that movie) isn’t racist.”
“Odd,” he added.
Fisher then took further aim at the lead investigator hired by Warner and her credibility, claiming, “The investigator hired by [WarnerMedia] was brought on to help the company assess and evade legal liabilities.”
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“Continually touting her status as a FORMER federal judge in an attempt to sway public opinion is obvious and desperate,” he continued. “She is now simply a lawyer.”
The actor then restated his claim that people are trying “to shift blame completely to Joss Whedon for the Justice League reshoots.” He further noted that Warner Chairman “Toby Emmerich, Geoff Johns, and Jon Berg share in that responsibility.”
Again, Fisher blames Johns and Whedon for reworking the script at the behest of executives.
He then characterized comments by Ann Sarnoff as “tone deaf.” She said, “There really was nothing that Walter did against Ray, in fact he offered him a role in the Flash movie.”
And Sarnoff would add, “Walter happens to be a person of color, so he knows what that feels like.”
Fisher finished on this thought: “Rather than trying to convince people on what the Justice League investigation DIDN’T find—how about you start telling them what it DID?”
He also said the public is smarter than Warner thinks and that there is proof of his accusations, but again, Fisher didn’t specify what he means.
Sarnoff stated quite a bit more during her interview with Variety, further disputing Fisher’s claims.
Defending the investigator and absolving DC Films head Walter Hamada, who wasn’t involved in Justice League or greenlighting The Snyder Cut, Sarnoff said, “Our investigator, Judge Katherine Forrest, has issued statements specifically about [DC Films president] Walter Hamada, saying that there was no evidence of interference by Walter in the investigation.”
“About a year ago, Walter, [Warner Bros. Pictures Group head] Toby Emmerich, me, [former WarnerMedia chairman] Bob Greenblatt, [former HBO Max content chief] Kevin Reilly, and [HBO Max original programming head] Sarah Aubrey sat around the table with Zack and greenlit the Snyder cut,” she continued.
“That cut includes Ray Fisher’s entire story as Cyborg, which is something that he had been disappointed had been cut from the Justice League movie three years ago,” she added. “Perhaps we’ve lost the plot a little bit which is that Toby and Walter were part of the green-lighting that allowed Zack’s vision to come to life, which includes sharing the full story about Ray’s character.”
When asked whether Fisher is under a contractual gag order which is allegedly preventing him from sharing any details about things that happened on the set of Justice League, as asserted regularly by the actor, Sarnoff stated, “Not that I know of. No.”
As a result of this ongoing dispute, Fisher will not be in The Flash, in which he was set to have a prominent role as Cyborg. He has also pledged that he will never work with Warner Bros. again.
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