Justice League‘s Cyborg actor, Ray Fisher, has firmly retracted his past praise for the film’s reshoots director, Joss Whedon. When production first began on Justice League, DCEU mastermind Zack Snyder was in charge. Snyder has big plans for the film and its characters, but things soon fell to the wayside when a family tragedy forced Snyder to step away. As a result, Whedon stepped in to complete the film. Whedon seemed like a natural choice based on his previous experience with epic superhero team-up movies like The Avengers, and those involved with Justice League were enthusiastic about the decision.
However, Whedon ended up changing much of what Snyder originally had planned for Justice League. Entire characters were removed, more humor was added, and the end result barely reflected Snyder’s original film. DC fans were displeased with all of Whedon’s changes, leading to the creation of the Snyder Cut campaign. The dreams of Snyder fans came true last month with the news that the Snyder Cut will finally be released on HBO Max next year. The cast of Justice League responded positively to the news, but Fisher had perhaps the most emotional and enthusiastic reaction.
Fisher has long been one of the biggest supporters of the Snyder Cut and was even among the first celebrities to join the movement. It’s clear he greatly prefers the Snyder Cut over Whedon’s take, and his latest post on social media wholeheartedly demonstrates that. Fisher shared a video of himself from San Diego Comic-Con, where he praised Whedon and said “Zack picked a good person to come in and clean up and finish up for him.” Fisher simply captioned the video with the comment, “I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement.”
As mentioned before, Whedon changed much of Snyder’s original plans. One of the elements that was most effected by Whedon’s reshoots was Cyborg’s arc. Justice League was supposed to serve as Cyborg’s origin story, but so much of it was removed in the final product and left him as a poorly developed character. Because of that, it’s no surprise that Fisher stands with the Snyder Cut and now firmly opposes his previous praise of Whedon.