Fisher urged the outlet to amend the article immediately, as he discredited the report for being factually inaccurate since he “did not publicly step down from anything.” He then shifted emphasis to the studio, writing: “If Warner Bros. has made the decision to remove me from The Flash, rather than address, in any way, Walter Hamada tampering with the JL investigation—that’s on them.”
I strongly suggest that @TheWrap amend this article immediately.
While I appreciate the reporter’s undying desire to do @wbpictures and Walter Hamada’s bidding—it is factually inaccurate.
I did not publicly step down from anything.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 7, 2021
He continued: “The Warner Bros. pr team has struggled to regain control of the narrative ever since they failed to bury me and the JL investigation with their September 4th hit piece—which, unsurprisingly, was written by the same reporter.
“The fact is: the Justice League investigation led to WarnerMedia (and it’s affiliates) parting ways with Joss Whedon. Geoff Johns will be following suit. Had Walter Hamada gotten his way, NONE of that would have been possible, and the cycle of abuse would’ve continued.
“My team and I are still in deep conversation with WarnerMedia regarding all these matters and—Flash or no Flash—we fully intend to see this through. I’ll keep you all posted, but in the meantime—thank you for your continued support.”
Shortly after, Variety reported that multiple sources have disputed Fisher’s claim that WarnerMedia will be parting ways with Geoff Johns after the company’s Justice League investigation. According to three of those sources, the company “remains in business” with Johns, who continues to work on The CW’s Stargirl, and several other DC properties.
ORIGINAL STORY: Ray Fisher’s Cyborg cameo has reportedly been written out of The Flash movie, and there’s currently no plans to recast the role.
According to The Wrap, insiders with purported knowledge of the situation have claimed that Cyborg has been removed from The Flash movie screenplay entirely, which means that the cameo has been cut and that Fisher will not be replaced by another actor in the upcoming DC movie — despite the character’s inclusion in the long-gestating DCEU installment dating back to 2016.
This comes shortly after Fisher stated that he would no longer participate in any productions associated with DC Films president Walter Hamada. “Walter Hamada is the most dangerous kind of enabler,” Fisher tweeted. “His lies, and WB PR’s failed Sept. 4th hit-piece, sought to undermine the very real issues of the ‘Justice League’ investigation. I will not participate in any production associated with him.”
A week later, it was announced that Hamada had renewed his deal with DC, and would be continuing as president of the studio through to 2023.Hamada was thrust into the public spotlight after Fisher accused him, along with DC Films co-chairs Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, of enabling an alleged toxic work environment from Joss Whedon, who took over directorial duties on Justice League after Zack Snyder’s departure in 2017. Hamada was not president of DC Films at the time of principal photography.
WarnerMedia recently confirmed that the Justice League investigation had concluded and that “remedial action” had been taken over Fisher’s claims following a months-long investigation into the allegations. It remains unclear what “remedial action” was taken, though Fisher observed on Twitter that it includes “some we’ve seen, and some that is still to come.”
The Flash Movie’s Possible DCEU Cameos
Fisher’s Cyborg/Victor Stone character may not be appearing in The Flash but he will be back for The Snyder Cut of Justice League, which is expected to debut on HBO Max in March. The movie is said to feature over 150 minutes of unseen footage, and won’t be using a “single frame” from Whedon’s theatrical version of the movie.
As for cameos in The Flash, Michael Keaton previously joked that all “127” previous “Batmen” will be making an appearance in the DCEU movie after he confirmed he had been in discussion over the possibility of reprising his Batman role in the movie, which is now scheduled to hit theatres on November 4, 2022, after being pushed back from its original June 2, 2022 release date.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.