Kevin Smith speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore
Kevin Smith shares extra insight into Joss Whedon allegations.
Last week, Ray Fisher dropped a bit of a bombshell when he called out Justice League director Joss Whedon. He had previously retracted his support of Whedon, but took it a step further in the follow-up tweet. In it, he alleged that Whedon’s behavior on set was “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.” While there were rumors pointing to a specific incident while working on the film, Fisher didn’t embellish on his statement.
However, we may have an instance of corroboration from filmmaker and podcaster Kevin Smith. While Smith hasn’t had a history of working with Whedon, he did share a story on a recent episode of Fatman Beyond that could support Fisher’s claims. At the very least, it could support one of the claims.
“Remember when I went to the Skywalker set, some people had worked on… both versions of Solo and both versions of Justice League,” Smith explained on the podcast. “The special effects guy said that there was, like, a fair amount of trashing of… Zack’s version of the movie on set by Joss. Again, this is what a special effects guy who worked on both versions of the movie told me. And that [Whedon] would cut down, dismiss and be negative about Zack’s version, which he had seen, and all these people had made together without [Whedon] and stuff. And so the guy that said that it was kind of uncomfortable on set because, like, the people that he was talking to about not liking that version of the movie were all people that had made that version of the movie. So that, I think, is probably the ‘unprofessional’ thing, like, you don’t do that. Especially if you came in to you know, help out during a bad moment in the director’s life.”
I can’t say I disagree with Smith there. People don’t get into the film business to get rich. They get in it because they love it. And when you work with people, there is an unspoken agreement that you’ll at least be civil and constructive. If you’re a new director hopping on to a new project, I doubt it’d make for a good atmosphere to trash everything that’s come before. It’s probably why Ray Fisher didn’t come forward about Whedon earlier in the process.
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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.