ben Affleck has opened up about his experiences filming the 2017 movie Justice League. The ill-fated film was a product of two directors — Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon — and there have been allegations of abuse by a few cast members, such as Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot.
Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film, told the Los Angeles Times, “It was just the worst experience. It was horrible. It was everything I didn’t like about this.” He also shared: “That was a bad experience because of a combination of things: my own life, my divorce, being away too much, the competing agendas and then the personal tragedy of Zack (Snyder) (Snyder’s daughter Autumn died by suicide in 2017 ) and the re-recording.”
The experience of working on the film, its utter failure, disenchanted Affleck from the character. He would also star and even direct a standalone Batman movie, before leaving the project.
After directing Man of Steel and Batman v Superman — critical reception was mixed on the first, the second was castigated by critics — Snyder signed with Justice League, which brought together DC’s greatest superheroes. But disaster struck and he had to leave the project. Whedon was brought in to finish the film, and he re-shot many scenes, trying to add humor as he had done with the first two Avengers movies. The film was a commercial disaster, making just over $650 million on a reported budget of $350 million, including reshoots.
Ray Fisher, who played either Victor Stone or Cyborg in the film, later claimed that Joss Whedon’s behavior on the set of Justice League was “abusive, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable”. Fisher took to Twitter in 2020, writing, “Joss Whedon’s treatment of the Justice League cast and crew was rude, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable. He was engaged in many ways by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. Accountability>Entertainment.”
Later that year, Gal Gadot also opened up about her negative experience with Whedon. She revealed that he was threatening her career. “What I actually had with Joss is he kind of threatened my career and said if I did something he would make my career miserable. I handled it on the spot,” she told Israel’s N12 News.