WarnerMedia, the AT&T-owned parent company of Warner Bros.’ TV and movie studios, is signalling that it’s ready to move on after its Justice League investigation — but for actor Ray Fisher, it’s nowhere near over.
The Wrap has since updated the article Fisher tweeted to read: “For the record: A previous version of this story said Ray Fisher publicly stepped down from the Cyborg role. Fisher disputes this characterization of the matter, citing the specificity of his unwillingness to work with Hamada, whose contract as head of DC films has since been extended to 2023.”
In the thread, Fisher also claimed that writer-producer Geoff Johns would be “following” director Joss Whedon in parting ways with WarnerMedia, following the investigation into misconduct on the set of Justice League. Warner earlier made clear its investigation was complete and “remedial action has been taken” but did not give any details as to what that action was or who it was towards.
If @wbpictures has made the decision to remove me from The Flash, rather than address, in any way, Walter Hamada tampering with the JL investigation—that’s on them.— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 7, 2021
The idea of removing the role, rather than recasting it, is only being used to try to avoid public backlash.
The fact is: the Justice League investigation led to @WarnerMedia (and it’s affiliates) parting ways with Joss Whedon.— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 7, 2021
Geoff Johns will be following suit.
Had Walter Hamada gotten his way, NONE of that would have been possible, and the cycle of abuse would’ve continued.
My team and I are still in deep conversation with @WarnerMedia regarding all these matters and—Flash or no Flash—we fully intend to see this through.— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 7, 2021
I’ll keep you all posted, but in the meantime—thank you for your continued support????????
However, a report from Variety disputes that claim, noting that Johns is still involved in several DC Entertainment projects like Stargirl and Superman & Lois. Furthermore, a WarnerMedia representative told Variety in a statement that the company believes it’s “time to move on” now that the investigation into Justice League has concluded. We’ve reached out to WarnerMedia for comment.
“The investigation was conducted by an outside law firm and led by a former federal judge,” the rep said. “More than 80 people were interviewed. We have full confidence in its thoroughness and integrity, and remedial action has been taken. The investigation has concluded, and it is time to move on.”
Fisher has been vocal about his frustrations with the investigation, which ran from August to December 2020. He’s stated that Johns (then-DC Entertainment president) and John Berg, former co-president of production, were culpable in Whedon’s actions on-set, and that Hamada is continuing to enable toxic behaviour, particularly on the part of Johns’ continued presence. Fisher tweeted in September that Hamada “attempted to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus in hopes that I would relent on Geoff Johns,” something WarnerMedia has denied. This standoff resulted in Fisher’s ultimatum on December 30.
Fisher noted that he and his team are still in talks with WarnerMedia and hope to see things through, “Flash or no Flash.”