Patty Jenkins' Clash With Joss Whedon over Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in Justice League Revealed

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By Elazje Carillo | More Articles Managing Editor
April 07, 2021  05:28 PM

Ray Fisher’s exposé on what really went down in the Justice League reshoots continues. A new bombshell report unveiled the controversy that plagued the production and reshoots of the film. It also shed light as to why Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins isn’t too fond of Joss Whedon.

The history of the Justice League film has been very controversial and marred with scandals. It began after Warner Brothers’ trust in Zack Snyder started to dissipate due to the reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. As Snyder was working in the post-production of Justice League, tragedy hit his family when his daughter committed suicide. 

When Snyder had to step away from the project, WB brought in Joss Whedon to finish the project. Whedon already worked on Marvel’s Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ulton (2015). At this point, WB executives were already focused on copying Marvel’s light-hearted formula. However, Whedon’s new vision for the film didn’t match what Snyder had already done.

Fisher was the first to speak up about the “unprofessional” behavior that Whedon displayed on set. He said that he didn’t want to fully reveal the details of the issue at first as he is worried about the jobs of some people who have spoken to him. However, it wasn’t just Fisher. Aquaman actor Jason Momoa also supported Fisher.

Flash falls on top of Wonder Woman

Some speculations stated that Gadot didn't like the scene with Ezra Miller's Flash on top of her. Gadot also revealed that she had an issue with Whedon but it was addressed. One of the shocking issues was when Jenkins threw shade at Whedon. In the ReelBlend podcast, Jenkins was asked whether she saw Whedon’s Justice League. Jenkins stated that Whedon’s Justice League contradicted what has been done in Wonder Woman 2017.
Jenkins stated, “I think that all of us DC directors tossed that out just as much as the fans did. But also, I felt that that version contradicted my first movie in many ways, and this current movie, which I was already in production on. So then, what are you going to do? I was like…you would have to play ball in both directions in order for that to work.”
In a new report from The Hollywood Report, when Gadot refused to record some lines that Whedon wanted, the actress felt like Whedon’s reiteration is quite aggressive which is a different flow from the Wonder Woman version she had in her standalone 2017 film.
Whedon reportedly pushed the actress to record lines she didn’t like, threatened to harm Gadot’s career, and also belittled Jenkins.

Fisher declined to discuss what happened with Gadot but The Hollywood Reporter stated that a witness told investigators that Whedon was bragging that he is the writer, Gadot is going to shut up, and say the lines, and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie. A source reportedly stated that Gadot and Jenkins went to battle, which led to a meeting with the former Warners chairman Kevin Tsujihara.

The controversy surrounding the production of Justice League can even have a movie on its own. Even though many years have passed, the story surrounding the film’s issues has started coming out now.

Zack Snyder's Justice League is still streaming on HBO Max.

Related: Justice League Star Gal Gadot Breaks Silence Amid Joss Whedon Harassment Allegations

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Elazje Carillo Elazje spent her childhood with DC cartoons and her teenage years with Marvel movies. She has loved the fantasy and sci-fi genres ever since she started reading books. Her love for reading and fiction has led her to take on Literature as a college degree. She pursued a career doing what she loves since she was a child. By the way, her love for movies makes her aspire to become a filmmaker.
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