Ray Fisher, WarnerMedia Offer Dueling Accounts of ‘Flash’ Exit

Ray Fisher has confirmed that hes been removed from the cast of Warner Bros. The Flash and will not reprise his role as Cyborg in the comic book film.

I strongly disagree with their decision, but its one that is unsurprising, Fisher says at the beginning of a two page post, published Wednesday evening.

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Despite the misconception, Cyborgs involvement in The Flash was much larger than a cameo, Fisher continues. And while I do mourn the lost opportunity to bring [Cyborg alter-ego] Victor Stone back to the screen, bringing awareness to the actions of [DC Films head] Walter Hamada will prove to be a much more important contribution to our world.

WarnerMedia, the parent company of Warner Bros., disputed Fishers claims that it had pushed him out of the role, noting that he had previously publicly refused to work with Hamada.

Last summer, Mr. Fisher was offered the opportunity to reprise his role as Cyborg in The Flash,’ WarnerMedia said in a statement. Given his statement that he will not participate in any film associated with Mr. Hamada, our production is now moving on.

WarnerMedia also denied that it had parted ways with Geoff Johns, the former DC head and producer, who Fisher had claimed was exiting the company following its investigation into the actors allegations of misconduct on Justice League,

Warner Bros. remains in business with Geoff Johns who continues to produce Stargirl, Batwoman, Doom Patrol, Superman & Lois, and Titans for the studio, among other projects, the studio added.

The news of Fishers official departure from the next film in the DC extended universe comes as part of an ongoing back and forth between the actor and the studio, after an investigation into Fishers claims of on-set misconduct by Justice League co-writer Joss Whedon and enabling behavior by writer-producer Geoff Johns and producer Jon Berg was launched in August 2020.

Throughout the investigation and since, Fisher has consistently spoken out about his claims via social media. In this latest post, Fisher reiterated claims of misconduct by Johns and he accused Hamada of protecting Johns and Whedon by hampering the studios investigation into his allegations.

Hamada was not in charge of DC Films during production of Justice League. He took over as head in January 2018, two months after Justice League bombed at the box office. However, Fisher says Hamada has failed to take his claims that the Whedon-led reshoots of the film were rife with mistreatment. Whedon assumed the directors chair after original filmmaker Zack Snyder departed the production due to the death of his daughter.

Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, defended Hamada.

I believe in Walter Hamada and that he did not impede or interfere in the investigation, Sarnoff said in a statement. Furthermore, I have full confidence in the investigations process and findings. Walter is a well-respected leader, known by his colleagues, peers, and me as a man of great character and integrity. As I said in Walters recent deal extension announcement, Im excited about where hes taking DC Films and look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to build out the DC Multiverse.

The investigation into Fishers allegations wrapped up in December, with Warners releasing a statement, reading: WarnerMedias investigation into the Justice League movie has concluded and remedial action has been taken. On Thursday morning, WarnerMedia reiterated that message.

As has been previously stated, an extensive investigation was conducted by an outside law firm, led by a former federal judge who has assured WarnerMedia that there were no impediments to the investigation, the statement read.

Fisher is not backing away from his allegations. On social media, he offered to submit to a polygraph test to support my claims against [Hamada]. Fisher ended his statement, writing, if the end of my time as Cyborg is the cost for helping to bring awareness and accountability to Walter Hamadas actions Ill pay it gladly, signing off with his slogan A>E (which stands for accountability > entertainment).

Though Fisher will not appear in The Flash, the actor has already completed work on the Justice League Snyder Cut, which is set for release on HBO Max in March. His role in the Snyder Cut is said to be much more substantial than in the theatrical version of Justice League.

Brent Lang contributed to this report.

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