Ray Fisher Responds to Cyborg Being Removed From The Flash [Updated]

Ray Fisher at a Justice League event in 2017.
Ray Fisher at a Justice League event in 2017.
Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images (Getty Images)

The ongoing conflict between WarnerMedia and Justice League actor Ray Fisher just reached another level. A week after news broke that the actor’s role in the upcoming Flash film had been cut, the actor has responded with a long, detailed letter on his Twitter adding more flame to the fire.

In the letter, which is embedded below, Fisher clears up what he believes are a few misconceptions surrounding the story and details the ways he believes DC Films President Walter Hamada has undermined investigations into conditions on the Justice League set, specifically to protect producer Geoff Johns.

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Of note, a source had told us Cyborg’s role was, indeed, a cameo, despite Fisher’s comment here. io9 has reached out to Warner Bros. to see if the company had any comment on the contents of the letter, but had yet to hear back as of publication. However, a day later, Deadline got the following response.

“As has been previously stated, an extensive investigation was conducted by an outside law firm, led by a former federal judge who has assured WarnerMedia that there were no impediments to the investigation,” a spokesperson told the trade. “Last summer, Mr. Fisher was offered the opportunity to reprise his role as Cyborg in The Flash. Given his statement that he will not participate in any film associated with Mr. Hamada, our production is now moving on. Warner Bros. remains in business with Geoff Johns who continues to produce Stargirl, Batwoman, Doom Patrol, Superman & Lois, and Titans for the studio, among other projects.”

Ann Sarnoff, the Chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group also released a statement: “I believe in Walter Hamada and that he did not impede or interfere in the investigation. Furthermore, I have full confidence in the investigation’s process and findings. Walter is a well-respected leader, known by his colleagues, peers, and me as a man of great character and integrity. As I said in Walter’s recent deal extension announcement, I’m excited about where he’s taking DC Films and look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to build out the DC Multiverse.”

Fisher’s problems with Warner Bros. were first made public in July when he accused Joss Whedon of being abusive during the post-Zack Snyder reshoots of Justice League. Warner Bros. officially launched an investigation into those allegations, which Fisher reportedly wouldn’t take part in, but it’s in that time where his new issues of Hamada’s alleged interference take place. As Fisher says, Hamada’s actions are a separate, additional issue.

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What, if anything, Fisher’s latest details mean for this whole saga is unclear. WarnerMedia has reportedly been trying to “move on” from the whole thing saying its investigation had taken place and “remedial action has been taken.” But it seems Fisher isn’t satisfied with that. The plot thickens.

Update 1/14/2021, 11:35 a.m. ET: This post has been updated with response from Warner Bros attributed to Deadline.

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DISCUSSION

I think this is the first time he's specifically mentioned discriminatory and blatantly racist actions, and honestly that's enough for me. I believed Orlando Jones when he said it, and I see no reason not to now. It's just nice to hear something OTHER than "it was shitty behavior."