Joss Whedon Told Gal Gadot to 'Shut Up and Say the Lines' on ‘Justice League’ Set (Report)04/06/2021
“He told her he’s the writer and she’s going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie,” a source says as part of lengthy Ray Fisher interview
Joss Whedon threatened Gal Gadot’s career after she pushed back on the director’s revised dialogue for “Justice League,” according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter.
The new detail that Whedon feuded with Gadot and even disparaged “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins came as part of a lengthy interview with Ray Fisher that goes into more detail about his ongoing criticisms of Warner Bros. executives and Whedon.
Fisher declined to comment to THR specifically on anything that transpired between Gadot and the “Justice League” director. But THR quoted a witness who later spoke with investigators as part of the studio’s look into the production who said, “Joss was bragging that he’s had it out with Gal. He told her he’s the writer and she’s going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie.”
Additional sources who spoke with THR said Whedon clashed with other stars of the film, including Jeremy Irons, and Gadot and Jenkins took her complaints about revisions to the film to the chairman of Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara. Another source told THR that Gadot had “issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in ‘Wonder Woman.’ She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next.”
A representative for Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for Whedon declined to comment. A rep for Gadot did not respond to a request for comment, but Gadot told THR in a statement, “I had my issues with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner.”
In the piece, Fisher, who first brought up his complaints about the “Justice League” production last June, shared other details about his disagreements with DC Films executive Geoff Johns over his character Cyborg’s appearance. Fisher said Johns told him to “play the character less like Frankenstein and more like the kindhearted Quasimodo.”
Fisher also spoke about his concern over saying the line “Booyah!” because he didn’t want the only Black character in the film to be the one with a catchphrase; he compared the gimmick to other Black characters in pop culture like Gary Coleman’s “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” and Jimmie Walker’s “Dy-no-mite!” He said Johns dismissed his uneasiness and felt the line would be “a fun moment of synergy.”
See more from Fisher’s interview with THR here.
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