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Ray Fisher Confirms Removal From The Flash, WarnerMedia Defends DC Films Head

January 14, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Ray Fisher has received official confirmation that he will not appear in The Flash, while WarnerMedia has defended Walter Hamada against Fisher’s latest allegations. As you may be aware, Fisher — who played Cyborg in Justice League — has been at odds with WarnerMedia and DC Films following his claims last year that Joss Whedon displayed abusive behavior on the set of the DCEU film.

WarnerMedia investigated the matter and said “remedial action” was taken and they considered the matter closed. However, Fisher then said he refused to work with Hamada who he said was a “dangerous enabler” of Geoff Johns who was in charge of the company during Justice League production. That led to the upcoming The Flash being reportedly rewritten to take Cyborg out, which Fisher now confirmed on Twitter.

Fisher wrote in a screenshotted note posted to Twitter:

“I have received official confirmation that Warner Bros. Pictures has decided to remove me from the cast of The Flash. I strongly disagree with their decision, but it is one that is unsurprising. Despite the misconception, Cyborg’s involvement in The Flash was much larger than a cameo—and while I do mourn the lost opportunity to bring Victor Stone back to the screen, bringing awareness to the actions of Walter Hamada will prove to be a much more important contribution to our world.

“On December 30th 2020, I made it clear that I cannot—with a clear conscience—participate in any production associated with the current President of DC Films, Walter Hamada. The reasoning behind that declaration was twofold: 1) Walter’s purposeful attempt to undermine the Justice League investigation in order to protect his friend, and former co-president, Geoff Johns. 2) Walter’s attempt to protect himself by contributing to the public dissemination of lies and misinformation about myself and the Justice League investigation in Warner Bros. Picture’ September 4th statement to The Wrap.

“Bear in mind, Walter Hamada interfering with the Justice League investigation is a completely separate issue than the investigation itself. And while Walter’s behavior was not a point of focus for the investigation of the Justice League reshoots, his dangerous and enabling actions during the investigation process must be called to account.”

You can see the full message below. WarnerMedia, for their part, are standing by Hamada. They wrote in a statement to THR:

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

In addition, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff said in a statement, “I believe in Walter Hamada and that he did not impede or interfere in the investigation. Furthermore, I have full confidence in the investigation’s 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 Walter’s recent deal extension announcement, I’m excited about where he’s taking DC Films and look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to build out the DC Multiverse.”