Fisher’s reps at Paradigm Agency and Management 360 issued the following statement to The Wrap, which points out that their response doesn’t address the size of the role, the current state of negotiations, or the timing of it all:
“Mr. Fisher is, and has been, under contract with WB Pictures since 2014. … Per the terms of that pre-negotiated contract, the option to include Mr. Fisher as the character of Victor Stone (aka Cyborg) has always rested in the hands in WB Pictures.”
The Wrap also claims Warner Bros. didn’t respond to their request for comment. Ray Fisher responded to The Wrap’s report on Twitter without refuting any of its specifics except to refer to it as “a trash article”:
Getting tagged in a trash article: $0
Being able to watch that article get universally flamed more easily BECAUSE you were tagged:
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 17, 2020
Fisher’s first tweet claiming he wanted to retract his past praise for Justice League reshoots director Joss Whedon came on June 29, which The Wrap claims came after Warners had offered Fisher the cameo in The Flash.
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Then, in July, Fisher stepped up his campaign against Warners and Whedon alleging a toxic and hostile working environment on Whedon’s set and that former DC Films bosses Geoff Johns and Jon Berg enabled it. (Berg denies this.)
While Fisher was initially encouraging in his social media about the news in August that Warner Bros. was launching an investigation into the actor’s claims, by September he claimed DC Films president Walter Hamada was covering for Geoff Johns and impeding the investigation.
Warner Bros. issued a denial, claiming Fisher has refused to cooperate with the investigation. Fisher denied this and questioned the independence of the investigation led by an outside firm hired by WarnerMedia.
Since then, Justice League co-star Jason Momoa has come out in support of Ray Fisher’s campaign against Warner Bros., notably the only Justice League cast member to do so.
Barring any pandemic-related delays, The Flash is aiming to begin production in March 2021 under the direction of Andy Muschietti (the It films). Both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck will reprise their respective roles as Batman for the film, the latter announcement of which Fisher recently blasted as a public relations stunt on the part of Warner Bros. to distract from the investigation. Producer Barbara Muschietti revealed at DC FanDome that The Flash will be a soft reboot of the DCEU.