Ray Fisher has confirmed that he has been removed from the cast of Warner Bros. “The Flash” and will not repeat his role as Cyborg in the comic book.
“I strongly disagree with their decision, but this is surprising,” Fisher said at the start of a two-page post on Wednesday night.
“Despite the misconception, Cyborg’s involvement in Lightning was far greater than a cameo,” Fisher said. “And while I mourn the lost opportunity to bring [Cyborg alter-ego] Victor Stone is back on the screen, attracting awareness of the actions of [DC Films head] Walter Hamada will be a much more important contribution to our world. “
WarnerMedia, the parent company of Warner Bros., disputed Fisher̵
“Last summer, Mr. Fisher was offered the opportunity to reprise his role as Cyborg in Lightning,” WarnerMedia said in a statement. “Given his statement that he will not be starring in any film about Mr Hamada, our production is moving forward.”
WarnerMedia has also denied parting ways with Jeff Jones, the former DC boss and producer whom Fisher claims is leaving the company following an investigation into the actor’s allegations of misconduct in the Justice League.
“Warner Bros. “continues to work with Jeff Jones, who continues to produce Stargirl, Batwoman, Doom Patrol, Superman & Lois and Titans for the studio, among other projects,” the studio added.
The news of Fisher’s official departure from the next DC expansion movie comes as part of an ongoing move between the actor and the studio, following an investigation into Fisher’s allegations of misconduct by Justice League co-author Joss Whedon and “activating” behavior by screenwriter-producer Geoff Johns and producer Jon Berg launched in August 2020.
During the investigation and since then, Fisher has been constantly talking about his allegations on social media. In this latest publication, Fisher reiterated allegations of misconduct by John, and he accused Hamada of defending Jones and Whedon by obstructing the studio’s investigation into his allegations.
Hamada was not in charge of DC Films during the Justice League production. He took office in January 2018, two months after the Justice League bombed the box office. However, Fisher says Hamada has not accepted his claims that Wedon’s re-shootings of the film are full of bad treatment. Whedon took over the director’s chair after original director Zack Snyder left the production due to the death of his daughter.
Ann Sarnoff, chairman and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, defended Hamada.
“I believe in Walter Hamada and that he did not obstruct or interfere in the investigation,” Sarnoff said in a statement. “Besides, I have full confidence in the process and the findings of the investigation. Walter is a respected leader known by his colleagues, peers, and me as a man of great character and integrity. As I said in the recent announcement to extend Walter’s deal, I’m excited about where DC Films leads and look forward to working with him and the rest of the DC Multiverse team. “
An investigation into Fisher’s allegations ended in December, with Warners issuing a statement saying: “The WarnerMedia investigation in the Justice League film has been completed and corrective action has been taken.” WarnerMedia repeated the statement Thursday morning.
“As noted earlier, an extensive investigation was conducted by an outside law firm run by a former federal judge who assured WarnerMedia that there were no obstacles to the investigation,” the statement said.
Fisher does not back down from his claims. On social media, he suggested “taking a polygraph test in support of my claims against [Hamada]. Fisher concluded his statement by writing, “If the end of my time as a Cyborg is the price of helping to raise awareness and accountability for Walter Hamada’s actions, I will gladly pay for it,” singing with his slogan “A> E” (which means “accountability> entertainment”).
Although Fisher will not appear in The Flash, the actor has already completed his work on Justice League Snyder Cut, which will be released on HBO Max in March. His role in Snyder Cut is said to be much more significant than in the theatrical version of Justice League.
Brent Lang contributed to this report.