"(He) said if I did something he would make my career miserable."
Gal Gadot finally speaks out and confirmed reports that Joss Whedon threatened to harm her career during reshoots of 'Justice League.'
Gal Gadot appeared in Israel’s N12 News, where she confirmed reports of Joss Whedon's unscrupulous behavior on the set of the superhero film.
During the interview, N12’s Yuna Leibzon asked Gadot about her experience while working with the director, including when he threatened to make "(her) career miserable" after she tried to make changes in her character.
“He even said you should just be pretty and say your lines. You weren’t going to let him get away with it,” Leibzon asked Gadot, to which the actress answered: "No."
“What I had with Joss basically is that he kind of threatened my career and said if I did something, he would make my career miserable. I handled it on the spot,” Gadot added.
Whedon assumed the directing duties for 'Justice League' after Zack Snyder left the project during post-production, prompting reshoots and rewrites that drastically changed the majority of the film. The revisions met overwhelming negative reviews from fans and critics alike. It turns out that the cast of 'Justice League' themselves has tried to stop Whedon from changing the course of the film, but to no avail.
In 2020, Ray Fisher, the actor who plays Cyborg in the film, came forward with allegations of Whedon's “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” on-set treatment of the cast and crew. Fisher has been very vocal in airing his sentiments against what he says were racist and inappropriate conduct from Whedon and Warner Bros through social media.
Both Gal Gadot and Jason Mamoa have expressed their support to Fisher. Warner Brothers investigated the allegations, but the findings were never revealed to the public, although they said that “remedial action” was taken.
In April 2021, Fisher spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and revealed that he was suspicious of Warner Brother's investigation process.
In the same story, he also revealed that Gal Gadot had “issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in Wonder Woman. She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next.”
Although Fisher did not elaborate on what happened between Gadot and Whedon during filming, THR reported that a witness during the investigation said that “Joss was bragging that he’s had it out with Gal. He told her he’s the writer, and she’s going to shut up and say the lines, and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie.”
Gal Gadot has finally aired her side on the issue, and although it isn't clear yet how exactly the actress handled Whedon's behavior, she's determined to not "let him get away with it".
Other Hollywood stars have also aired their support for Fisher and spoke out about their personal experiences with Whedon's abusive behavior.
In February 2021, 'Buffy' and 'Angel' actor Charisma Carpenter revealed her own traumatic experience while working with the director.
Carpenter revealed that Whedon asked her if she's going to keep the baby after finding out she was pregnant and callously called her fat while she was on her fourth month of pregnancy. When she was 6 months pregnant, she said that Whedon forced her to report to work at 1 am against the doctor's recommendations.
Whedon is yet to issue a comment on the following allegations.