Ray Fisher has suggested that news of Ben Affleck’s return as Batman was a PR stunt by Warner Bros. to distract from the seriousness of the investigation into the toxic working environment experienced on the set of Justice League.
Posting on Twitter, Fisher said “Ben returning as Batman was clearly meant to be revealed at DC Fandome. I’ll give you one guess as to why [Warner Bros.] likely jumped the gun.”
This was followed by two images, one of a tweet from Fisher himself explaining that an independent investigation had been launched into the Justice League toxic environment, and another of Vanity Fair’s news of Affleck returning as Batman. He circled in red the timestamps of the two posts; his own at 1:38pm on August 20, and the Vanity Fair one at 3:02pm on the same day.
Unfortunately, the fake Frosty news with Jason wasn’t the only PR tactic used to distract from the seriousness of the JL situation.
Ben returning as Batman was clearly meant to be revealed at DC Fandome.
I’ll give you one guess as to why @wbpictures likely jumped the gun.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 15, 2020
Fisher appears to be stating that, following his announcement of the investigation, Warner Bros. quickly gave permission to Vanity Fair to publish its exclusive interview with The Flash director Andy Muschietti about Affleck’s return, which presumably was originally embargoed until the DC FanDome event that took place two days later. Fisher implies that the discussion generated around Affleck’s return would then act as a smokescreen for the more serious topic of discussion.
This is Fisher’s latest point of contention against an investigation that he considers to not be taking the situation as seriously as required. A few days earlier, he posted to Twitter to state that the firm conducting the investigation has “avoided contacting key witnesses”.
Others (including an implicated individual that called me to apologize) have already been interviewed.
We will not let ANY investigator cherry-pick interviewees that best suit @wbpictures’ false narrative and scapegoating efforts.
All with stories WILL be heard!
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) September 14, 2020
The case against WarnerMedia and Fisher’s allegations against Joss Whedon’s set on Justice League has been going for several weeks now, with the company denying the allegations. Fisher has also accused the investigation of not being independent.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.