Ray Fisher is reportedly in talks to appear in The Flash and reprise his role as Victor Stone/Cyborg amid his troubles with Warner Bros.
The upcoming solo movie, featuring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, will feature the Justice League. However, Fisher is not happy with Cyborg’s cameo.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fisher and his representatives discussed his role with DC Films President Walter Hamada in July. Before this, Hamada informed Fisher that Cyborg would be in The Flash, along with the rest of his superhero co-stars.
But Fisher informed Hamada of his disagreements with The Flash creative team, saying they ignored his suggestions for Cyborg. Hamada told Fisher that creative differences were normal in filmmaking and that he should elevate his concerns with Warner Bros for an investigation.
What was Fisher not pleased about?
The report didn’t specifically go into the detail of the actor’s issues with Cyborg’s cameo or the script to The Flash. However, the first story pitched to Warner Bros about The Flash solo movie centered on a buddy film between Miller and Fisher’s characters.
That was the plan before director Andy Muchietti joined the DCEU and revealed that The Flash would be a multiverse story featuring at least two Batman characters. Geoff Johns rewrote the screenplay, and Muchietti was able to convince Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton to reprise their roles.
Fisher also generally had problems with how Justice League handled his role and accused director Joss Whedon and Johns of misconduct. Rumors now say that the DCEU will undergo a reboot with Fisher potentially out as Cyborg. Cyborg’s HBO Max series might also star a different actor as Victor Stone, allegedly making Fisher all the more resentful of the DCEU.
Fisher goes after Warner, the studio hits back
After Hamada told Fisher to elevate his concerns to the studio, reps of Warner Bros released a statement saying that the actor is not cooperating with the investigations. Warner Bros also defended the DC executive from Fisher’s pronouncements on Twitter.
“At no time did Mr. Hamada ever ‘throw anyone under the bus,’ as Mr. Fisher has falsely claimed, or render any judgments about the Justice League production, in which Mr. Hamada had no involvement since filming occurred before Mr. Hamada was elevated to his current position,” the statement read.
Warner Bros. Hits Back at Ray Fisher, Says ‘Justice League’ Star Won’t Cooperate With Investigators https://t.co/4jPyyz44pG
— Variety (@Variety) September 5, 2020
Fisher, on the other hand, posted a reply the next day and said that he wanted to vet the investigator first to ensure that this will be a fair process. He said that he’s ready to face the challenge as it seems Warner escalated his issues “to an entirely different level.”
It’s also worth noting that I made it clear to the world on Aug 21st that I would be vetting the investigator to ensure a fair and protected process for all witnesses. @wbpictures has escalated this to an entirely different level, but I’m ready to meet the challenge.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 5, 2020
The Flash is due for release on June 3, 2022, but filming has not started. It’s unclear, at this point, if Fisher will still be in the film given these latest developments.
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