Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is the latest actor to level allegations of misconduct at writer-director Joss Whedon, claiming he “threatened my career” while filming Justice League.
Gadot opened up about her experience working with the embroiled director, following a bombshell report published by industry publication The Hollywood Reporter last month.
A source told the publication that Whedon clashed with “all the stars” of Justice League, including Gadot who apparently had multiple concerns with the revised version of the film.
According to the source, she had “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 went on to allege that Whedon pushed Gadot to record lines for the reshoot that she didn’t like and threatened to harm her career.
In a new interview with Israeli news outlet N12, Gadot responded to the THR report claiming Joss Whedon had acted inappropriately on the set of Justice League.
“He kind of threatened my career and said if I did something, he would make my career miserable and I just took care of it instead,” she alleged.
Gadot took her complaints about the director to the chairman of Warner Bros., and claimed her issues with Whedon were handled “in a timely manner” by the company.
Allegations against Whedon have been piling up ever since July 2020 when Justice League star Ray Fisher claimed the director was “gross, abusive, [and] unprofessional” towards the cast and crew of the 2017 film. Fisher, who starred as Cyborg, also alleged that Whedon digitally altered the skin tone of an actor of colour in the film.
The director initially stayed silent in response to Fisher’s allegations, but denied he altered any actor’s skin tone.
Joss Wheadon’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.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020
Fisher’s claims prompted an investigation into Whedon’s on-set behaviour by Warner Media, while Fisher’s co-stars showed their support for the actor online.
“This shit has to stop and needs to be looked at, @ray8fisher and everyone else who experienced what happened under the watch of @wbpictures needs proper investigation,” Aquaman star Jason Momoa wrote in all-caps.
“Serious stuff went down. It needs to be investigated and people need to be held accountable.”
Then in February this year, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel star Charisma Carpenter accused Whedon, who created the series, of “abusing his power on numerous occasions.”
In a statement shared to her social media channels, Carpenter said she experienced Whedon’s alleged toxic behaviour “first-hand, repeatedly” and said he has a history of being “casually cruel”.
“While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers,” she wrote.
You can read her full statement HERE.
Whedon has yet to publicly respond to Carpenter’s allegations.