Justice League cast member Ray Fisher is accusing WarnerMedia of an empty PR stunt by bringing on activist writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to pen a Superman reboot.
Fisher has been carrying on a Twitter campaign against what he claims was a hostile workplace during the production of the 2017 blockbuster Justice League in which he played Cyborg. He has made various claims over the past few years, including racism and unprofessional conduct on the part of Warner’s executives and Joss Whedon, the film’s second director.
Fisher’s ire was raised immediately after it was announced late last week that slavery reparations activist and pop culture writer Ta-Nehisi Coates was hired to pen the next Superman film.
Fisher jumped to Twitter to slam WarnerMedia for dragging its feet over the internal investigation into his allegations even as they are proudly announcing Coates’ new project.
“Do ya’ll remember that time Walter Hamada and @wbpictures tried to destroy a Black man’s credibility and publicly delegitimize a very serious investigation with lies in the press?” Fisher wrote. “But hey, Black Superman…”
Do ya’ll remember that time Walter Hamada and @wbpictures tried to destroy a Black man’s credibility, and publicly delegitimize a very serious investigation, with lies in the press?
But hey, Black Superman…
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) February 27, 2021
In July of last year, Fisher accused Whedon, the film’s replacement director, of “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior on the movie’s set.
Fisher is most upset because investigations into his allegations have been slowly moving since his first accusations. Warner Bros. first kicked off its investigation, and then it was taken over by the bosses at WarnerMedia, the latter of which claims it sees no evidence to investigate.
However, he has gained the support of at least one of his co-stars. In September, Aquaman star Jason Momoa chimed in to support Fisher, saying, “This shit has to stop and needs to be looked at,” and tweeting the hashtag, “#IStandWithRayFisher.”
In followup claims, Fisher accused “top-level” Warner Bros. executives of engaging in “blatantly racist conversations” about his accusations against Whedon.
“Prior to Justice League’s reshoot process, blatantly racist conversations were had and entertained — on multiple occasions — by former and current top-level executives at Warner Bros. Pictures,” Fisher told Forbes magazine in October.
“I always suspected that race was a determining factor for the way that things went down, but it wasn’t until this past summer that I was able to prove it,” he added.
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