Ray Fisher Claims Almost All Of His ‘Justice League’ Theatrical Cut Scenes Were Reshot
by Erik Amaya
Only one scene in the theatrical version of Justice League featuring Ray Fisher‘s Cyborg was the work of Zack Snyder.
The actor, who has spent the summer shining a light on the difficulties during Justice League‘s 2017 reshoots, appeared on the Greek House Show podcast (via The Playlist) recently and revealed just how much of his material from the initial shoot appeared in the final film.
“With the exception of the Gotham City police rooftop scene with Commissioner Gordon and Batman and Flash … Every single scene that I’m in was reshot,” he explained. “I reshot almost the entire film on my end. As far as other people’s stuff where I wasn’t there, I can’t really tell you.”
From our recollection of the film, that means key scenes with Cyborg’s father, Silas Stone (Joe Morton), and Diana (Gal Gadot) were part of Joss Whedon‘s plans for the film, to say nothing of subsequent group scenes on the plane and in Russia. As the actor previously mentioned, other scenes with Silas and Cyborg’s mother, Ellinore (Karen Bryson), were also excised as Whedon and Warner Bros. reshaped the film. He also noted scenes with Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Zheng Kai as Ryan Choi were also deleted. In fact, the seemingly systematic removal of People of Color from the film lit the fuse of his campaign across the summer.
Fisher alleges the decision to whitewash the film — including an attempt to digitally lighten one actor’s face during post production — was part of Warner Bros’ intent in handing the project to Whedon after Snyder left the film to grieve a family tragedy.
Presumably, much of Fisher’s original work will be featured in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a four-hour re-imagining of the film set to debut in 2021 on HBO Max. Though not quite the fabled SnyderCut many fans campaigned to see, it will seemingly take the film Snyder shot in 2016 and some new material to fully realize the story he always had in mind. It will be interesting to see how Cyborg, Choi, and Iris fit into that vision.
In the meantime, Fisher continues to bring awareness to the alleged abuses on the Justice League set during the 2017 reshoots.