Last night, Ray Fisher took to Twitter to be the first to speak on his dismissal from the DC Universe. He has been featured in two DC films as the character Cyborg, first as a cameo in Batman v Superman and then as a lead role in Justice League. This dismissal took place after he called for an investigation of Joss Whedon, co-writer and co-director of Justice League, due to Whedon’s inappropriate behavior on set.
In his Twitter post, Fisher expressed his belief that Walter Hamada, President of DC Films, undermined the investigation of Whedon:
On December 30th 2020, I made it clear that I cannot—with a clear conscience—participate in any production associated with the current President of DC Films, Walter Hamada.
The reasoning behind that declaration was twofold:
1) Walter’s purposeful attempt to undermine the Justice League investigation in order to protect his friend, and former co-president, Geoff Johns.
2) Walter’s attempt to protect himself by contributing to the public dissemination of lies and misinformation about myself and the Justice League investigation in Warner Bros. Picture’ September 4th statement to The Wrap.
Fisher then added:
Bear in mind, Walter Hamada interfering with the Justice League investigation is a completely separate issue than the investigation itself. And while Walter’s behavior was not a point of focus for the investigation of the Justice League reshoots, his dangerous and enabling actions during the investigation process must be called to account.
WarnerMedia responded this morning in a statement via Deadline:
As has been previously stated, an extensive investigation was conducted by an outside law firm, led by a former federal judge who has assured WarnerMedia that there were no impediments to the investigation. Last summer, Mr. Fisher was offered the opportunity to reprise his role as Cyborg in The Flash. Given his statement that he will not participate in any film associated with Mr. Hamada, our production is now moving on. Warner Bros. remains in business with Geoff Johns who continues to produce Stargirl, Batwoman, Doom Patrol, Superman & Lois, and Titans for the studio, among other projects.
Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff also added the following:
I believe in Walter Hamada and that he did not impede or interfere in the investigation. Furthermore, I have full confidence in the investigation’s process and findings. Walter is a well-respected leader, known by his colleagues, peers, and me as a man of great character and integrity. As I said in Walter’s recent deal extension announcement, I’m excited about where he’s taking DC Films and look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to build out the DC Multiverse.
The conflict between Fisher and WarnerMedia began last July and does not seem to be coming to a resolution any time soon.