Cyborg actor Ray Fisher was onstage alongside his fellow Justice League cast members at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 to promote Joss Whedon’s reshot, reedited version of the DC movie that Zack Snyder had originally been hired to make. Fisher said at the time, “Joss is a great guy and Zack picked a good person to come in and clean up, finish up for him.”
That was then.
On Monday, Fisher tweeted a video of him saying those very words at SDCC 2017 with this caption: “I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement.”
I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement: pic.twitter.com/1ECwwu6TG1
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) June 29, 2020
Fisher, a theater actor who made his big-screen debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before segueing to Justice League, did not provide any further context for retracting his past praise of Whedon. It’s unclear whether Fisher’s slam is a personal beef with Whedon or simply about not liking the theatrical version of Justice League that Whedon shepherded.
It’s also worth noting Jason Momoa’s stone-faced expression and seemingly half-hearted nod reacting to Fisher’s praise.
Fisher has long been a supporter of #ReleaseTheSnyderCut on his social media. Given that Snyder gave Fisher, whose sole credit since 2017’s Justice League was a recurring role in Season 3 on HBO’s True Detective, his start as a screen actor perhaps it’s a matter of loyalty for him.
However, actor Joe Morton, who played Cyborg’s dad Silas Stone, told IGN in 2017 that Whedon’s reshoots were in part to alter the tone of the Cyborg character, a creative shift that could get to the heart of Fisher’s retraction of his past praise for Whedon.
“Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character,” according to Morton.
“I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about.”
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League is being completed and is expected to debut on HBO Max in early-to-mid-2021.