Gal Gadot has confirmed that Joss Whedon threatened her career and said he would make ‘it miserable’ on the set of the troubled Justice League movie after she tried to change her Wonder Woman character, it has been reported.
Gadot, 35, made her comments to the Israeli news channel N12 after The Hollywood Reporter released an extensive article full of many claims against the 56-year-old filmmaker including alleged friction he had with the Israeli actress.
‘He threatened my career and told me that if I did something, he’ll make sure my career will be miserable and I just took care of it on the spot,’ Gadot said, as translated by the Twitter account Discussing Film.
Whedon allegedly threatened Gal Gadot’s career and said he could ‘make her look incredibly stupid’ on the set of Justice League according to The Hollywood Reporter article and backed up by N12.
A source told the Hollywood Reporter that Gadot had ‘multiple concerns with the revised version of the film, including issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in Wonder Woman.’
‘She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next,’ the source said.
Controversy: Joss Whedon (right) allegedly threatened Gal Gadot’s (left) career and said he could ‘make her look incredibly stupid’ on the set of Justice League according to a bombshell report from The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday
Not pleased: According to a source for the the publication, Gadot had ‘multiple concerns with the revised version of the film, including issues about her character being more aggressive than her character in Wonder Woman. She wanted to make the character flow from one movie to the next’
‘He threatened my career and told me that if I did something, he’ll make sure my career will be miserable and I just took care of it on the spot,’ Gadot said
Wonder Woman had been released in June of 2017 with Justice League being released just months later in November.
Whedon has been hit by multiple allegations against him in the past year after Ray Fisher, the actor who plays Cyborg, said he had engaged in ‘gross, abusive, unprofessional’ conduct on the set of the DC Comics superhero movie.
After Fisher delivered his comments, Charisma Carpenter called out Whedon for his behavior on Buffy The Vampire Slayer in which she starred as Cordelia Chase. The show’s titular star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, had posted a statement in her support.
Later, actress Michelle Trachtenberg claimed Whedon, the show’s creator, was ‘not allowed in a room alone’ with her during filming – days after her co-stars spoke out about his alleged bullying and abuse of power.
Trachtenberg, now 35, was 14 when she was cast on the show as Gellar’s little sister Dawn Summers in 2000.
Other top-billed Buffy stars that have supported Carpenter and Trachtenberg include Elisha Duzku, Amber Benson, and Emma Caulfield.
Avengers star Mark Ruffalo and Firefly’s Alan Tudyk have both previously defended Whedon from the allegations, with Ruffalo calling him a ‘a deeply committed feminist.’
The Gadot insider who spoke to THR claimed the biggest conflict with her came when Whedon urged the actress to record lines which she didn’t like and ‘threatened to harm Gadot’s career and disparaged Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.’
THR reported that a witness on production who had later spoke to investigators said: ‘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.’
After Fisher delivered his comments, Charisma Carpenter called out Whedon for his behavior on Buffy The Vampire Slayer in which she starred as Cordelia Chase
Later, actress Michelle Trachtenberg claimed Whedon, the show’s creator, was ‘not allowed in a room alone’ with her during filming. She is pictured right with the show’s titular star, Sarah Michelle Gellar
A source told the publication that this all came to a head when Gadot and the 49-year-old Jenkins having a sit down with then-Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara.
Gadot was asked for comment on the THR story and released a statement which read: ‘I had my issues with [Whedon] and Warner Bros. handled it in a timely manner.’
Back in December, the actress confirmed that she was interviewed as part of WarnerMedia’s investigation into allegations made about Whedon on the set of Justice League.
‘I know that they’ve done a very thorough investigation, even just by how much time I spent with them,’ the Israeli actress said during an interview for The Big Ticket podcast on December 17.
On December 11, WarnerMedia issued a statement saying the investigation into allegations of a toxic workplace on the Justice League set had been completed.
Signature role: For context, Wonder Woman had been released in June of 2017 with Justice League being released just months later in November
Bond: The insider also claimed that the biggest conflict came when Whedon urged the actress to record lines which she didn’t like and ‘threatened to harm Gadot’s career and disparaged Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
The company added that ‘remedial action has been taken.’
‘I don’t know what that means either,’ Gadot said on the podcast. ‘I’m curious to know what’s going to be the outcome.’
Gadot, who didn’t shoot at the same time has Fisher, did tell the LA Times back in December that her own experience working with Whedon ‘wasn’t the best one.’
‘But I took care of it there and when it happened,’ she said. ‘I took it to the higher-ups and they took care of it.’
Leading the way: The investigation was sparked by allegations from Ray Fisher (seen in December 2018), the actor who plays Cyborg, that Whedon had engaged in ‘gross, abusive, unprofessional’ conduct on the set of the superhero movie
Fisher first raised concerns over Whedon on June 29, posting a video to Twitter of himself previously singing the director’s praises, writing: ‘I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement.’
Whedon stepped in to finish the superhero film in 2016, after director Zack Snyder was called away over a family emergency. Snyder has since released his own cut of the movie on HBO Max.
Fisher followed it up on July 1, tweeting: ‘Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable. He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.’
The Baltimore-born actor revealed on Twitter in August that the studio had launched an independent investigation after ‘five weeks of interviews’ with cast and crew.
The Justice League investigation was sparked by Ray Fisher’s claims that Whedon engaged in ‘abusive, unprofessional’ conduct on set. Fisher plays the character Cyborg in the film
Fisher had tweeted the news that WarnerMedia had completed its investigation and had introduced ‘remedial measures’ though it’s not known what they are
Fisher had an extensive interview in the same The Hollywood Reporter piece about the ordeal, as he slammed the studio’s handling of the allegations and claimed that some executives are not fit for their positions.
The studio’s parent company, WarnerMedia, said back in December that its investigation into Fisher’s complaints had concluded and ‘remedial action’ had been taken.
It did not elaborate and Fisher has since demanded that the results of the investigation be released publicly.
Speaking about what he claims was a cover-up by studio executives regarding the investigation, Fisher said: ‘I don’t believe some of these people are fit for positions of leadership.
‘I don’t want them excommunicated from Hollywood, but I don’t think they should be in charge of the hiring and firing of other people.’
He said he feels he has been able to make a point over the last year.
‘If I can’t get accountability… at least I can make people aware of who they’re dealing with.’
Reset: Whedon took over Justice League after Snyder left the production for family reasons