Hollywood pariah Joss Whedon has given an interview article with NY Magazine titled ‘The Undoing of Joss Whedon‘ where he discussed the production of Justice League. During the interview Whedon openly criticised the Justice League cast and their “rude” behaviour during the reshoots on the infamously troubled film.
The fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe was released in 2017 as a direct sequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as the world is still reeling from the death of Superman. Ben Affleck led the ensemble cast of Justice League alongside returning DCEU stars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Connie Nielsen and Jeremy Irons and properly introducing Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg after making brief cameos in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The production of the film suffered a major setback halfway through when original co-writer/director Zack Snyder walked away from the project over personal issues and creative differences Warner Bros. over the vision of the film. As a result of this the studio brought in MCU The Avengers‘ Whedon to rewrite and reshoot a large portion of the film.
The new rewrites and reshoots saw a massive increase in the film budget to $300 million – the release was badly reviewed from critics and audiences alike.
Since the initial release of the film Whedon’s conduct has been brought into question. Several stars from the movie has accused the filmmaker of harassment and toxic behaviour.
During the interview Whedon criticised the film’s stars and their behaviour during the reshoots, stating he had never worked with “a ruder group of people” and writing off Gadot’s accusations of his threatening to kill her career.
Whedon also criticised fans of Snyder for turning the Internet and his former actors against him in the name of the original filmmaker and their efforts to get the original vision of the film restored. Whedon closed out the interview with the statement below:
“The beginning of the internet raised me up, and the modern internet pulled me down. The perfect symmetry is not lost on me.”
Check our the full interview here.
Ray Fisher memorably began a campaign to expose Whedon’s poor behaviour during reshoots for the DCEU Snyder cut, calling the filmmaker’s treatment of him and his co-stars “abusive” and “unprofessional” and accusing him of racism for cutting down his scenes due to racist intentions.
This would only be the start of his apparent downfall in the industry as Gadot would later back up Fisher’s accusations with her own stories from the set, Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Charisma Carpenter would accuse him of toxic behaviour with corroborations from co-stars including Amber Benson, Michelle Trachtenberg and the shows lead star Sarah Michelle Gellar.
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