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Joss Whedon Had the Audacity to Threaten Gal Gadot's Career During Justice League Reshoots

Don’t mess with Wonder Woman.
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More unsavory details are coming out of the woodwork about the drama behind Joss Whedon’s Justice League. Ray Fisher, the actor behind Cyborg, has shared his less than stellar experience filming with Whedon countless times, so much so that fans can barely think about the theatrical release of Justice League without also thinking of the abuse Fisher experienced on set.

While Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) supported Fisher’s claims, fans only knew about the unprofessionalism directed at Fisher. Until now. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon dared threaten the career of DC Films’ most admired actress, Gadot.

When Whedon’s reshoots began, Gadot reportedly went straight to the top—the chairman of Warner Bros.—and shared her many concerns. The actress explained why she was worried about her character’s portrayal as she wanted Wonder Woman to have consistency in her solo film and Justice League.

Gadot allegedly butted heads with Whedon when the director pushed her to record lines she didn’t like, which isn’t the first time we’ve heard something similar. Whedon made Fisher say the cartoonish line “Booyah!,” which is completely inconsistent with the portrayal we saw in the Snyder Cut. When Gadot expressed her disagreement with Whedon’s choice of lines, he threatened to harm her career and went on to ridicule Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, who also happens to be a good friend of Gadot’s.

"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,” said one witness to the investigators of Warner Bros.' Whedon case.

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Gadot settled the issue by meeting with Warner Bros. management, who “handled it in a timely manner,” according to Gadot, and the issue was laid to rest. At the time this was going on, Wonder Woman had finished shooting and Gadot’s career was already on the rise. Had Whedon done good on his threat, it would have hardly made a difference, and he would have only dug his own hole deeper.

DC fans already have enough reasons to hate Whedon’s guts, but the latest revelation that he had the audacity to tell Gadot to shut up is pretty much the final nail in the coffin.

As the daughters of Themyscira would say to the men who dare demand their fear:

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