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Ray Fisher Says Joss Whedon was Abusive and Unprofessional on Justice League (Update)

A few days after actor Ray Fisher retracted his praise of director/writer Joss Whedon he went on to further elaborate why on Twitter.

The actor who played Cyborg in Justice League stated that:

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.

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Fisher has been talking more about the film since the announcement that Zack Snyder’s vision for the film will be done for HBO Max. He praised Snyder and writer Chris Terrio for “empowering” him and giving him a seat at the creative table with input on his character for the film.

It’s believed that much of Fishers Victor Stone/Cyborg storyline was cut in Whedon’s version of the film. Whedon took over for Snyder on the film after Snyder had to step down due to a family tragedy.

Named as enabling Whedon in the Tweet are Johns and Berg. Both were producers on the film and have credits on numerous DC properties going forward. Johns shifted his focus from comics to DC’s live-action properties but still has handled high-profile DC comic storylines like the recent Doomsday Clock. Johns went from film to comics due to DC staffer Eddie Berganza who himself has a history of abuse. In 2010 Johns was named the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and he stepped down from his executive role in 2018. He launched Mad Ghost Productions to focus on film, tv, and comic book based on DC properties. He’s currently working on the Green Lantern Corps for HBO Max. Johns being named would be yet another DC executive accused of shielding abusive behavior by staff.

Whedon himself has been involved in comics with the relaunch of his Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel properties at BOOM! Studios.

None of the individuals named have made a statement regarding Fisher’s statement.

Update: Jon Berg has made a statement to Variety saying it was “categorically untrue that we enabled any unprofessional behavior.” He also said “I remember [Fisher] being upset that we wanted him to say ‘Booyaa,’ which is a well known saying of Cyborg in the animated series.”

It was announced today as well that Fisher’s co-star Jason Mamoa would be starring in an upcoming film produced by Johns and Berg.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

Yesterday was new comic book day! What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Mary Sue – Zack Snyder: Dark Knight Returns’ Carrie Kelley Was Supposed to Be Part of DCEU – Intriguing. It feels like it’d be a flip of a coin as to whether folks would be super excited for this or the trolls would win out claiming it was some gender-swapped character. Most like we’d have just seen a clash on the internet of epic irritation.

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Dark Nights: Death Metal #1
The Beat – Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted
Comics Bulletin – Wynd #1

Those Two Geeks Episode Sixty Nine: A Late Take on the Snyder Cut

Alex and Joe try to talk about the (Zack) Snyder Cut of Justice League and end up on a tangent about the onscreen Batmen we’ve seen over the last fifteen years.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Delivers a First Look at Darkseid

Director Zack Snyder‘s vision for Justice League will finally be seen in 2021 on HBO Max but it looks like we’re in for a year of teases before its releases.

Snyder headed online to give a blurry look at his take on the classic comic character Darkseid, the villain teased in Batman v Superman and who was to take a bigger role in Snyder’s version.

It’s hard to judge this take as the image is rather far away and blurry but the shape looks right?

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Red Hood Outlaw #44

It’s a long weekend for “Team GP” but we still have lots of news coming your way today! If you have the day off, enjoy, and if not, we kick off your distraction for the day with some news from around the web.

Vulture – What Hath the Snyder Cut Released? – It just continues an issue that’s been brewing for some time.

CapeGazette – Drive-thru saves Free Comic Book Day in Milton – A creative solution.

Sequart Organization – With Great Power Comes Great Career Opportunities: A Character Study of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s Zenith – Always an interesting read from this site.

Reviews

Talking Comics – DCeased: Hope at World’s End #1
Talking Comics – DCeased: Unkillables #3
Talking Comics – Red Hood Outlaw #44

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Disaster, Inc. #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! Who went to their shop? How’d it go? Let us know! If you got any of the new comics, what’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Hollywood Reporter – “It Will Be an Entirely New Thing”: Zack Snyder’s $20M-Plus ‘Justice League’ Cut Plans Revealed – Sounds like the film isn’t finished and nowhere near completed unlike what his stans have claimed.

Deadline – ‘Snowpiercer’ Series Premiere Tops Sunday Cable Programming, Marks Largest TNT Debut Since ‘The Alienist’ – Huh, didn’t expect those sort of numbers.

Newsarama – STARGIRL Tied for CW’s 2nd Highest Rated 2020 Premiere – It’s a really solid debut. Check out our review!

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Treasured comic book collection found in Drake Hotel rubble reunited with owner – An interesting story.

Reviews

Newsarama – 2020 Ironheart #1
Newsarama – Disaster, Inc. #1
Newsarama – Hawkeye: Freefall #5
Geek Dad – Superman Smashes the Klan

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Cut is Coming to HBO Max

Justice League Snyder Cut

Warner Bros. has announced that Zack Snyder‘s version of Justice League will debut on HBO Max. The original version of Justice League debuted in late 2017 to very mixed reviews but a very vocal group has persisted since to allow the “Snyder Cut” to see the light of day.

That fan campaign eventually spread to the stars of the film with Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ben Affleck, and Jason Mamoa all speaking up to see Snyder’s version released.

The movie opened domestically with $93.8 million and went on to earn $229 million domestically, $428.9 million internationally, and $657.9 million worldwide. Snyder had to step away from the project due to family tragedy with Joss Whedon stepping in to complete the film.

Snyder said about the news:

I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality.

Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer is quoted as saying:

Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes. Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures.

Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS and truTV added:

When Zack and Debbie shared the extraordinary vision of where Zack wanted to take Justice League, my team and our counterparts at Warner Bros. took it as a mission to solve the many issues that stood in the way. Thanks to the partnership at Warner Bros. and the relentless pursuit of the entire WarnerMax team we are able to deliver this incredibly exciting moment for Zack, the fans and HBO Max.

Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group also said in the news:

Thanks to the efforts of a lot people, we’re excited to bring fans this highly anticipated version of Justice League. This feels like the right time to share Zack’s story, and HBO Max is the perfect platform for it. We’re glad the creative planets aligned, allowing us to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.

Rumors of screening of the film has persisted with one supposedly happening for Warner Bros. executives earlier this year.

HBO Max is set to launch on May 27th.

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