The plot thickens as more and more people stand up against Justice League director, Joss Whedon. The latest actor to speak out has been none other than Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot.
The news comes after other prominent actors that have worked with Whedon have condemned his behavior on set including Ray Fisher and Jason Mamoa.
And now all eyes have turned to Gadot as she confirmed the rumors that were swirling about her time on the set of superhero movie, Justice League.
Now, Joss Whedon's name has been circulating headlines for a while now.
The disgraced director comes from a line of other successful television writers, with both his father, Tom Whedon, and his grandfather, John Whedon, previously cementing themselves within the entertainment industry.
He also went on to have an illustrious career like his family, with some of his most notable work becoming global hits.
This includes work such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003), Avengers (2012), The Cabin in the Woods (2011), and most recently, Justice League (2017).
Not to mention his impressive list of awards he's managed to rack up.
From Emmy awards to critical recognitions, Whedon has a total of twenty-five wins as well as forty-eight nominations including an Oscar.
However, all of his achievements have been tainted by recent allegations made against him.
And they've forced the conversation about directors in Hollywood abusing their power back into the mainstream again.
It all started last year when Ray Fisher decided to call out Whedon's "abusive and unprofessional" behavior on the set of Justice League via a tweet.
In it, he was firm in his stance writing this: "Joss Wheadon's on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable."
He even went onto name other people who "enabled" his alleged behavior.
Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and comp… https://t.co/ZM1Tyv8Vm4— Ray Fisher (@Ray Fisher)1593620358.0
"He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg," he wrote, finishing off the tweet with "Accountability>Entertainment."
Whedon took over from Zack Snyder, who was originally set to direct the movie but had to leave due to serious personal reasons.
Fisher played the Cyborg in the film, alongside Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck's Batman, Henry Cavill's Superman, Jason Momoa's Aquaman, and Ezra Miller playing the Flash.
Overall, the movie did not live up to expectations, only grossing $657.9 million worldwide, which for a movie on that scale was disappointing, to say the least.
Not only that, but it gained a lot of negative reviews, with many fans turning away due to the idea that Whedon's directing wouldn't live up to Snyder's original vision.
Of course, at the time, the tweet went viral but because no physical evidence was presented, the allegations earned Fisher some negative press.
I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement: https://t.co/1ECwwu6TG1— Ray Fisher (@Ray Fisher)1593447253.0
While some other actors came out in support of Fisher, it wasn't until Jason Mamoa spoke out that the conversation gained a well-needed push.
Mamoa, who worked alongside both the accused and the victim on the set of Justice League, stood in solidarity with his fellow castmate.
He made a statement on Instagram in which he addressed another false rumor that started circulating around the time of Fisher's serious claims.
He said this:
"I just think it's f****d up that people released a fake Frosty announcement without my permission to try to distract from Ray Fisher speaking up about the shi**y way we were treated on Justice League reshoots," Momoa said. "Serious stuff went down. It needs to be investigated and people need to be held accountable."
This post was then re-shared by Fisher on Twitter who told people to "wake up," hinting the scandal was just a pathetic distraction attempt.
If you still think Jason playing Frosty was EVER a real thing—please wake up! Hopefully now people see the depths… https://t.co/6EHU5Wcc4F— Ray Fisher (@Ray Fisher)1600122712.0
It was very disappointing to see how the allegations were handled, as other Black actors and actresses also came forward with claims of racism and mistreatment that went on to create a hostile working environment for them, as well as other cast members.
British actor, John Boyega, has also been very outspoken about how he was treated on the set of Star Wars too.
This led to an outpour of support for Black creatives that had been experiencing this type of treatment for years in the industry. However, it was very telling, with many non-BIPOC refusing to speak out because it would risk their careers.
But now, Gal Gadot has confirmed what Fisher and Momoa had been speaking out on all along.
Earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Joss Whedon had "threatened to make [Gadot] look incredibly stupid" during reshoots of Justice League.
They have now confirmed this rumor to be true as Gadot herself has spoken about it during an interview with N12 News.
And of course, the comments left fans outraged that all the actors had to put up with Whedon on set.
@DiscussingFilm And WarnerMedia knowing this proceeded to give him a show with a mostly female cast. The fucking audacity— Grayson (@Grayson)1620510404.0
@DiscussingFilm If cancel culture was actually real, Joss Whedon wouldn't still have any form of a career and defin… https://t.co/gsx5pBdTUF— Okiro (@Okiro)1620520591.0
@DiscussingFilm BuT rAy FisHeR iS lYinG— #RestoreTheSnyderVerse (@#RestoreTheSnyderVerse)1620509945.0
@DiscussingFilm Thanks to Gal for clearing this up. Warner bros needs to change their way of handling terrible beha… https://t.co/YWz8jZDAeQ— Jackson Koylle (@Jackson Koylle)1620519480.0
@DaCaramelKen @DiscussingFilm But... Joss was THE marvel guy...— FadedNord (@FadedNord)1620515665.0
@DiscussingFilm Where's all the naysayers & ppl saying Ray Fisher is "just crying" now????? 🤔🤔👀👀👂🏼👂🏼— Jay N #ArmyOfTheDead 5/21 (@Jay N #ArmyOfTheDead 5/21)1620512674.0
@DiscussingFilm Thank God for her confirming it outright, let's get that sick fuck out of there.— Dan Ruddy (@Dan Ruddy)1620509924.0
During the interview, Yuna Leibzon addressed the allegations against Whedon.
"He even said you should just be pretty and say your lines. You weren't going to let him get away with it," she asked Gadot.
"No," she replied.
"What I had with Joss basically is that he kind of threatened my career and said if I did something he would make my career miserable. I handled it on the spot."
These allegations are now resulting in immense backlash against the disgraced director, with some shows even stripping him from the team.
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