Gal Gadot, the actor who was last seen in Wonder Woman 1984, said in an interview with Israel’s N 12 News that writer-director Joss Whedon “threatened her career” on the sets of Justice League when the actor and Whedon had differences regarding Gadot’s character in the film.
Gadot told Yuna Leibzon, “No. What I had with Joss basically is that he kind of threatened my career and said if I did something he would make my career miserable. I handled it on the spot,” when the journalist questioned her about reports of Whedon’s behaviour and if she was “going to let him get away with it”.
— החדשות – N12 (@N12News) May 9, 2021
Whedon co-wrote the script for the DC Extended Universe superhero film Justice League (2017) and directed the re-shoots, filling in for director Zack Snyder.
The Hollywood Reporter reported in April about Gadot’s Justice League co-star Ray Fisher addressing Whedon’s alleged abusive behaviour on sets and revising and shortening of Fisher’s character Cyborg’s role in the final cut of the film.
The events followed after Snyder was replaced by Whedon by Warner Bros. although the former retained the final credits.
Fisher’s Cyborg was the first ever Black superhero, even before Black Panther, whose character arc was changed after Whedon came on board. As per Fisher, he was non-receptive of any changes or suggestions from the cast and the crew, including the likes of Gadot and Jason Momoa aka Aquaman.
The same report extended on Gadot’s statement when a source said that Gadot had multiple concerns with the revised version of the film, including “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.”
Whedon pushed Gadot to record lines she didn’t like, threatened to harm Gadot’s career and disparaged Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, the report stated, quoting a source who spoke to the investigators, “Joss was bragging that he’s had it out with Gal. He told her he’s the writer and she’s going to shut up and say the lines and he can make her look incredibly stupid in this movie.”
Prior to this, others like Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Amber Benson have complained about Whedon mistreating his actors on set.