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Ray Fisher confirms he’s been dismissed from ‘The Flash’

Fisher called out DC Films president Walter Hamada.

Jan 14, 2021, 12:17 pm

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Audra Schroeder

Ray Fisher posted a statement to Twitter last night confirming that he’s been dismissed from the upcoming DC film The Flash.

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"No one, in any profession, should have to argue with their employer for their claims of abuse, racism, and discrimination to be taken up the proper chain of command," he wrote.

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Fisher, who played Cyborg in Justice League and Batman v Superman, had previously opened up about the behavior of Justice League director Joss Whedon during reshoots, adding to past accusations against Whedon. That reportedly led to a formal investigation, and claims that Warner Bros. attempted to discredit Fisher.

In the statement, Fisher said "Cyborg's involvement in The Flash was much larger than a cameo," and called out DC Films president Walter Hamada as the reason he could not, "with a clear conscience," participate in any films he's involved with. He also claimed Hamada tried to protect producer Geoff Johns, a longtime DC creative who stepped down as DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer in 2018.

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The Flash, a Justice League follow-up helmed by It director Andy Muschietti, is slated for 2022 release. While Fisher's involvement with the film was uncertain, the hashtag #IStandWithRayFisher is circulating again, and fans are calling out the hypocrisy (and optics) of firing a Black man over claims of racism. Others called out the near-silence from Fisher's co-stars.

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WarnerMedia released its own statement on Thursday, defending Hamada's leadership and claiming "full confidence in the investigation’s process and findings." The investigation allegedly concluded in early December; in late November, Whedon abruptly exited upcoming HBO Max series The Nevers.

Fisher claimed on Jan. 7 that the investigation led to the company "parting ways" with Whedon and that, "Flash or no Flash," he's still pursuing the matter with WarnerMedia.

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*First Published: Jan 14, 2021, 12:17 pm