Joss Whedon Denies Threatening Gal Gadot On The Set Of Justice League

Joss Whedon has denied threatening Gal Gadot on the set of Justice League. Whedon is a well-known TV and film writer and director noted for his distinct style and funny language. The filmmaker has worked on renowned science-fiction and fantasy TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, but his most recent job was Justice League, when he took over from Zack Snyder to finish photography and work on re-shoots. Justice League received negative reviews and remains unpopular among DC fans, but Zack Snyder’s Justice League (a.k.a. the Snyder Cut), which was later published following a lengthy fan campaign, has been lauded as a superior version of the film.

Whedon has stepped away from the Hollywood spotlight since working on the DCEU project, after many colleagues accused him of being verbally abusive and emotionally manipulative throughout his career. Gadot, her Justice League co-star Ray Fisher, and Buffy and Angel actor Charisma Carpenter are among many who have spoken out about the director’s violent conduct. The concerns prompted a WarnerMedia inquiry, which apparently contributed to his resignation as showrunner of HBO’s The Nevers. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck has described working on Justice League as “the worst experience,” calling it the “nadir” of his entire career, while Jason Momoa has stated that “serious things happened” during the film’s reshoots.

In a new interview with Vulture, the filmmaker defends himself against Gadot’s allegations. The star, who plays Wonder Woman in the DCEU, previously alleged that Whedon had “threatened” her and threatened to ruin her “career.” He confesses to disagreeing with her about a sequence she wanted removed, but denies making any threats and attributes her story to misunderstanding, claiming that “English is not [Gal Gadot’s] native language.” Take a look at Whedon’s quote below:

I don’t threaten people. Who does that? […] English is not her first language, and I tend to be annoyingly flowery in my speech […] Then I was told that I had said something about her dead body and tying her to the railroad track.

Joss Whedon speaks at the “Dark Horse: An Afternoon with Joss Whedon” panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Whedon’s defense is certain to be panned. The director’s remarks make no admission of fault and instead blame Gadot’s ability to grasp English, which she denies in the same piece by stating she “understood completely.” His speech has the potential to rekindle the original debates, as actors may feel compelled to reiterate their versions of events in order to clarify their viewpoints.

Much attention will now be paid to the Justice League actors who have come out against Whedon’s reprehensible behavior, and if they choose to reply to the filmmaker’s argument. Gadot has already done so, and anyone who decides to follow in her footsteps will almost certainly receive a lot of support. Whedon was previously regarded as one of Hollywood’s most prominent and respected personalities, but his own actions have tarnished his image. If he is to recover his reputation, he will need to do more than simply shift the blame away from himself.

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