Warner Bros. Completes Justice League Investigation, Promises 'Remedial Action'
Actor Ray Fisher thanks fans for support throughout Warner Bros. investigation.
Almost half a year after actor Ray Fisher spoke out against Warner Bros. and members of the Justice League production, WarnerMedia announced that its investigation into Fisher's allegations has completed.
"WarnerMedia’s investigation into the Justice League movie has concluded and remedial action has been taken," the company said in an official statement Friday night.
WarnerMedia provided no information about what those actions are or will be, which reflects in the statement Fisher made on Twitter following the announcement.
"The following was relayed to me on behalf of @WarnerMedia at 5pm EST today," Fisher wrote. "The investigation of Justice League is now complete. It has led to remedial action (some we've seen, some that is still to come.)"
"And this statement (which truly belongs to all who participated in the investigation): 'WarnerMedia appreciates you having the courage to come forward and assist the company with creating an inclusive and equitable work environment for it’s [sic] employees and partners,'" Fisher continued.
"There are still conversations that need to be had and resolutions that need to be found," he said in a final tweet. "Thank you all for your support and encouragement on this journey. We are on our way. More soon. A>E"
The A>E at the end refers to "Accountability>Entertainment," which Fisher has used as a rallying cry throughout the investigation.
Fisher kicked off the investigation in July when he tweeted to retract complementary statements made at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017. As the investigation progressed, other members of the Justice League cast came out in support of Fisher, and Fisher more explicitly called out Joss Whedon, who filled in for Zack Snyder when he stepped away due to a family tragedy, as well as producers Jon Berg and Geoff Johns.
In October, Fisher accused Whedon of changing the complexion of an actor of color, which the director denied, as well as saying that he heard "blatantly racist conversations" among studio executives, including Berg, Johns, and Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich.
Fisher has been vocal throughout the investigation, speaking on Twitter about concerns about who was performing the investigation. When Whedon stepped down from his role as a producer, writer, and director on HBO's The Nevers, Fisher pointed to the WarnerMedia investigation as the cause of Whedon's departure.
During the investigation, Zack Snyder's re-shot, re-cut Justice League transformed from a film to a four-part limited series headed for HBO Max with a 2021 release date. When the initial cut of the movie hit theaters in 2017, it quickly became the Warners' least-successful comic-book movie both financially and critically. The gap between fan expectations and response to the movie led to the #releasethesnydercut hashtag, laying the responsibility for the movie's failure squarely at Whedon's feet. Snyder has been working on re-shoots for the film, involving primary cast members Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Fisher himself, and others, with a budget that began at $20 million and inflated to a reported $70 million.
Warner Bros. has not yet set a release date for Zack Snyder's Justice League, but WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has suggested in a recent post that it will come out in early 2021.