Warner Bros. has come out in defense of DC Films president Walter Hamada after Ray Fisher’s statement about his removal from The Flash.
WarnerMedia has come out in defense of DC Films president Walter Hamada after Ray Fisher’s allegations against the executive detailing why he was removed from The Flash. Fisher officially announced that he would no longer be appearing in the Ezra Miller led film after weeks of speculation that his role had been cut. The statement also detailed Hamada’s alleged involvement in covering up former DC Films president Geoff Johns involvement in the investigation surrounding Fisher’s allegations of abuse and racism.
Hamada recently renewed his contract as head of DC Films through 2023. Prior to that renewal, Fisher has said that he would not work on any DCEU films overseen by the executive. Some wondered if that meant Fisher was resigning as Cyborg, but Fisher denied claims that he would no longer be playing the character. Fisher’s statement prompted outcry and #IStandWithRayFisher began trending on Twitter after the actor released his statement.
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In a new statement to The Wrap, WarnerMedia defends Hamada from Fisher’s recent accusations. In the statement, WarnerMedia says that, after Fisher’s unwillingness to work with Hamada, the studio has decided to move on with production on The Flash. They go on to defend Hamada against Fisher’s recent allegations, saying that they believe he did not impede the investigation in any way. They also go on to say that they will continue to work with Johns after having full confidence in the investigation.
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. 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.
WarnerMedia chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff also released 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.
The back-and-forth allegations are quickly becoming a larger situation, one that WB likely wants to avoid as they plot out the future of the DCEU. It’s not a good look defending both Johns and Hamada amidst the allegations, but it’s no surprise that the studio is protecting their higher level executives after an investigation that yielded vague results. It’s clear that the resolution the studio was hoping for will not be as easy as giving those involved a slap on the wrist, at least if they want Fisher to remain on board.
Fisher has said that, despite previous reports, his role in The Flash was much larger than a cameo, hinting at a much more developed arc for the character. This makes sense considering the bond the two shared in Justice League, but now that arc seems to have been nixed, leaving Fisher’s future in the DCEU up in the air. It is unclear what the studio’s plans for the character are, but Fisher himself has debunked recasting rumors. That still leaves a Cyborg-sized hole in the DCEU, with Fisher saying it’s worth losing the role if it means seeing justice served. Fisher has yet to respond, but this conflict hardly seems far from over and, as The Flash begins production, it’s likely to continue in a very public manner.
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Source: The Wrap
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